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Content posted in April 2012
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DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 4
Blog 
4/30/2012  28 comments
Focusing flux in 3-D can deliver rare earth size and performance from ferrite materials.
Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Pushbutton Problem Blanks Dehumidifier
Made by Monkeys 
4/30/2012  21 comments
The dehumidifier came with pushbuttons that couldn't take the humidity.
PLM Providers Head to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/30/2012  8 comments
Building on the momentum of cloud-based business applications, PLM providers are serving up cloud-based variants of their platforms aimed at facilitating global product design collaboration and cost- effective deployment.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronic News & Comment 
4/27/2012  8 comments
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Pinpoint Accuracy Used to Fix Projector
Sherlock Ohms 
4/27/2012  40 comments
After completely dismantling the projector, the power supply fix was simple but hidden.
Prodrive Shifts 3D Printing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/27/2012  13 comments
Now in phase three of its implementation, Prodrive is not only using additive manufacturing technologies to test surrogate parts, it's actually 3D printing end-use parts for the finished MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car.
5 Common Failure Analysis Mistakes
Guest Blogs 
4/26/2012  21 comments
Recognizing common failure analysis mistakes can help your team resolve issues more quickly and effectively.
Automotive Lightweighting Funding Renewed by White House
Engineering Materials 
4/26/2012  19 comments
The White House has approved $14.2 million of new Department of Energy funding to promote the development of stronger, lighter composites and metals for cars.
Slim Profile Hampers Cable Shielding Tape
Made by Monkeys 
4/26/2012  40 comments
A tape manufacturer created ultra-thin conductive tape that was so thin, it had no conductive abilities.
Download Your Free Design News iPad App
Wolfe's Den 
4/25/2012  16 comments
Design News has launched its first Apple iPad app, and we want to give it to you for free.
Heat Pump Runs Hot & Cold
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2012  13 comments
The smallest connector can cause major problems with a heat pump over the years.
Slideshow: NPE Plastics Conference Showcases Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2012  14 comments
NPE2012 highlighted many sustainable plastics, some of which are recyclable at the end-product stage, some that are made of recycled materials, and some that are constructed of bio-materials.
Engineer Breathes Life Into Dead Motor
Sherlock Ohms 
4/24/2012  19 comments
If the motor isn't running correctly, it could be supercharged with static electricity.
'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
Captain Hybrid 
4/23/2012  57 comments
Yes, the movie gives a one-sided view of the auto industry, but it also provides real insight into why we're moving toward EVs.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2012  10 comments
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Old Ink Impedes CT Scanner Fix
Sherlock Ohms 
4/23/2012  13 comments
If nothing works to fix the medical equipment, think back to any flaws that may have occurred during installation.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
Blog 
4/20/2012  69 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
MEMS in Sport Gains Speed
Blog 
4/20/2012  16 comments
Measuring human motion in 3D using MEMS sensors is becoming ever more important in modern sports.
Missing Bearing Breaks Garage Door Opener
Made by Monkeys 
4/20/2012  25 comments
What happens when the bearings are missing from the design of your garage door opener? You get a new one.
Gadget Freak Case #211: High-Speed Photography Circuit
Gadget Freak 
4/19/2012  20 comments
To capture quick events, like the pop of a balloon, James Hartnett created a high-speed circuit that triggers a flash when movement or sound is detected.
Reader Caption Contest: Old Time Factory Floor
Wolfe's Den 
4/19/2012  79 comments
Design News readers are asked to submit their captions for a cartoon, as part of our monthly reader caption contest.
Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2012  236 comments
Despite efforts to promote production of eco-friendly vehicles, hybrids appear to be losing ground.
Recycled Bottles Used for Heavy Truck Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2012  21 comments
Recycled plastic bottles have become a PBT resin used to make the brackets of the side air deflection system in heavy trucks.
Sensors Cause Problem in Climate-Controlled Workroom
Sherlock Ohms 
4/18/2012  5 comments
The sensors did not make any sense while building a climate-controlled workroom, so Sherlock was called in.
Slideshow: Young Designers Flex Engineering Chops
STEM Connection 
4/17/2012  34 comments
From human-powered helicopters to ball-throwing robots, student engineering competitions not only promote STEM education, but they also serve as a platform for innovation for commercial products.
EV Like It's 1910 Again
Wolfe's Den 
4/17/2012  32 comments
Will the electric vehicle survive its current round of technological success?
Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features
Electronic News & Comment 
4/16/2012  50 comments
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.
Refrigerator Is Hot to the Touch
Made by Monkeys 
4/16/2012  29 comments
When your refrigerator is hot instead of cold, you have a problem.
Don't Worry, Your EV Battery Won't Explode
Captain Hybrid 
4/13/2012  38 comments
Reports of a battery fire at a GM lab did not surprise experts, but they said the public should not assume the new EV batteries are explosive.
Autodesk Bets Big on the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/13/2012  19 comments
The cloud lies at the heart of Autodesk's 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers, a response, officials say, to a fundamental shift in the way people are conducting engineering and design work.
Beware of the Borrowed Design
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2012  23 comments
Borrowed designs can save time and money, but they can also deliver a set of problems.
Vuuch Makes Product Development Social
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/12/2012  24 comments
Emphasizing enhancements like deliverable-specific dashboards and timelines, along with Facebook-like threaded discussions, Vuuch V5 promotes a collaboration-focused agenda for social product development.
3D Printable Robots Get NSF Research Funding
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2012  25 comments
A new research program aims to let consumers produce their own customized robots with 3D printers and paper.
Rocket Team Notes Curious Design Feature
Made by Monkeys 
4/11/2012  8 comments
The rocket needed a fix to defuse static buildup, but the cure was worse than the problem.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 3
Blog 
4/10/2012  21 comments
Nanoscale structures and alternative materials promise to provide the magnets of the future.
Short Circuit Stymies First Shift
Sherlock Ohms 
4/10/2012  12 comments
Sometimes finding the a short requires combing through dozens of wires, one by one by one.
Poor Lamp Socket Design Sparks Danger
Made by Monkeys 
4/10/2012  28 comments
It's time for a new approach to lamp socket design, especially when choosing materials and manufacturing methods.
Broken Toaster Had Hidden Fix
Made by Monkeys 
4/9/2012  39 comments
After tearing apart the broken toaster, we found a simple control on the bottom would have easily fixed the problem.
Understanding Fatigue Failures
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2012  24 comments
Designing for fatigue is not as simple as designing for overload, and by understanding basic principles you can avoid fatigue failure.
MEMS Sensors Driving Smart Automotive
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2012  10 comments
Automotive panelists at MEMS Executive Congress Europe wowed conference attendees with automotive advancements made possible by MEMS.
EV Batteries: Solid Concept, but Not Ready for Prime Time
Captain Hybrid 
4/6/2012  76 comments
Despite a spate of recent setbacks, plug-in hybrids are here to stay, and consumers and automakers alike need to be patient as the technology struggles toward competitiveness.
'Google Goggles' Make Augmented Reality Personal
Blog 
4/6/2012  20 comments
Google is preparing to release new camera-loaded, data-processing eyeglasses that could advance the role technology plays in our personal lives.
Dassault Deal Brings Social Media to Design Table
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/6/2012  9 comments
Dassault's vision for the post-PLM era is to enable 3D experiences where designers, engineers, marketing managers, and consumers connect around social innovation.
Will STEM Support Stoke Tech Future?
STEM Connection 
4/5/2012  46 comments
Our LinkedIn Systems & Product Design Engineering group is considering government support for STEM education.
Femtosecond Camera Sees Around Corners
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2012  17 comments
A video camera system sees beyond the line of sight using a femtosecond laser that bounces light off of walls and floors.
Flexible Manufacturing Critical to US Innovation
Guest Blogs 
4/5/2012  12 comments
The US must continue to innovate to regain ground in sectors like manufacturing. But the formula for fostering innovation in several electronics sectors remains elusive.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 3
Mechatronics Zone 
4/5/2012  6 comments
The Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem helps you use a sampling frequency to identify and locate aliasing.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
Blog 
4/4/2012  16 comments
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Low-Cost CAD Options Fuel Growth
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/4/2012  16 comments
New subscription pricing models and lower cost tools are fueling a resurgence in the CAD software market, giving smaller companies and independent CAD professionals entr้e to software that was previously out of reach.
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