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Content posted in May 2012
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Slideshow: Scenes From the Indy 500
Blog 
5/31/2012  5 comments
We got a chance to tag along and capture some of the sights and technical essences of modern racing and bleeding-edge automotive electronics during the Indy 500.
Dishwasher's Jammed Water Pump Blamed on Bug
Sherlock Ohms 
5/31/2012  46 comments
It was pieces of a broken glass, not a water bug, that jammed the water pump on the dishwasher.
Dassault Takes a 3D Trip Back in Time
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/31/2012  23 comments
Leveraging its 3D modeling, simulation, and virtual reality technologies, Dassault Systemes has collaborated with Boston's Museum of Science and Harvard University on an immersive 3D experience that takes people back to Egypt's ancient Giza plateau.
Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2012  24 comments
Alternative energy recovery methods save money and keep waste out of landfills.
Video: KV Racing's Tech Director Talks Track
Blog 
5/30/2012  3 comments
KV Racing's Eric Cowdin talks about the importance of electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500.
Dryer's Heater Element Ran Red Hot
Made by Monkeys 
5/30/2012  30 comments
The Kenmore dryer worked fine, except the heating unit got stuck at red hot.
Slideshow: Latest & Greatest Gadget Freaks
Gadget Freak 
5/29/2012  17 comments
Take a tour through some of our newest, most discussed projects, from an Android Breathalyzer to a robotic hand.
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
Blog 
5/29/2012  24 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Slideshow: Robots Creeping & Crawling Into New Territory
Blog 
5/25/2012  52 comments
Robots modeled after animals, insects, and worms are being developed for military and first-responder applications.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
Blog 
5/25/2012  25 comments
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Engineering, Science & Math in a Water Bottle
Mechatronics Zone 
5/25/2012  32 comments
Designing and filling a new type of water bottle might take less engineering work, but the description will help kids understand how science, math, and engineering influence their lives even through things that seem mundane.
Batteries' Chargers Require a Little Muscle
Sherlock Ohms 
5/24/2012  48 comments
The backup batteries on the medical pumps kept failing. For some reason, the electricity from the wall outlets was not making it to the pump.
Engineers Are Happy in Role as Non-Managers
Wolfe's Den 
5/24/2012  17 comments
Our LinkedIn systems and product design engineering group discusses if they are happy with their decision of remaining a technical contributor instead of becoming a manager.
Video: Engineering Ferrari
Blog 
5/23/2012  26 comments
Take a tour of Ferrari's museum and plant, the "Ferrari citadel."
All Systems Go for Composites' Trip to Jupiter
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2012  20 comments
A carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic composite material forms an optical bench on the Juno spacecraft, scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2016.
Monitor Goes Dark Over Cheap Components
Sherlock Ohms 
5/22/2012  43 comments
The monitor kept blanking out. A look inside revealed that cheap components had blown a decent product.
Bone Repair Aided by Silk Scaffold
Engineering Materials 
5/22/2012  19 comments
A tough, biodegradable bone scaffold material uses micron-sized silk fibers to reinforce a compact silk fiber composite matrix.
Gadget Freak Case #214: Radio Touch Sensors Talk to the Smartphone
Gadget Freak 
5/21/2012  20 comments
Matt Oppenheim has devised a radio that speaks to an Android smartphone to help the visually impaired learn the layout of a new device.
Auto Composite Production on Fast Track
Engineering Materials 
5/21/2012  9 comments
A consortium formed to fast-track high-volume manufacturing of carbon fiber composites for cars has invented a system for automating their production.
Metal Trumps Plastic in Lawnmower
Made by Monkeys 
5/21/2012  46 comments
The plastic gears in the wheels of the mower were not enough to stand up to the steel gears in the drive shaft.
3D Printer Breaks $500 Price Point
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/18/2012  39 comments
A startup is pushing do-it-yourself 3D printing to the next level by offering a fully assembled printer to hobbyists and at-home engineers.
Laser-Welded Metal Foam Sandwich Lightweights Ships
Engineering Materials 
5/18/2012  18 comments
A new process for laser-welding large-scale, steel-aluminum foam sandwich structures for lightweighting ships, which eliminates intermetallic phase, has been demonstrated.
Robots Cut Composite Repair Costs in Half
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2012  26 comments
A major advance in repairing composite structures combining robots and lasers bodes well for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, which contain composites in large proportions of their structures.
Why Is EV Battery Development So Hard?
Captain Hybrid 
5/17/2012  39 comments
Why aren't we getting better performance out of the current crop of EV batteries? The answer is simple. Battery development is hard, slow work.
Plastic Doesn't Pollute – People Do
Blog 
5/17/2012  18 comments
Plastic may not be the most beloved of materials to the more environmentally minded, but Plasti 2012 aimed to mold a different opinion of the material in people's minds.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 5
Blog 
5/16/2012  13 comments
The rare earth element market has become steadily more rational, and new sources coming online will continue to reduce costs. Still, it is unlikely that prices will drop to their former lows.
Failing Sensors Cause Consternation
Sherlock Ohms 
5/16/2012  12 comments
Wire insulation can make the difference between success and failure in sensors.
Maple 16 Fosters Mathematics Exploration
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/16/2012  10 comments
With an array of Clickable Math enhancements and interface improvements, Maple 16 puts a new face on mathematical software, making it easier for users to explore expressions.
The Fun Side of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/15/2012  60 comments
While 3D printers gain ground for traditional prototyping and limited-run manufacturing applications, the technology is also fueling a host of innovative use cases, from furniture design to collectibles, even for unmanned aircrafts.
EV Race Car Uses Green Composites Under the Hood
Engineering Materials 
5/15/2012  38 comments
The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV prototype race car, which will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship Series, uses recycled and plant-based composites in underhood components.
Shop Vac Flaws Grind Use to a Halt
Made by Monkeys 
5/15/2012  34 comments
Trying to fix the shop vac's motor revealed a slew of design problems.
Gadget Freak Case #213: Android Brings the Mirror to Life
Gadget Freak 
5/14/2012  10 comments
Al Linke's interactive mirror can display pictures, running text, simple games, and video streamed from an Android phone.
Smart Meters Create Opportunity for Electronics Suppliers
Electronic News & Comment 
5/14/2012  29 comments
A dramatic increase in demand for smart meters is going to create a big growth opportunity for makers of embedded electronic products.
Are Engineers Ready to Go Mobile?
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/11/2012  23 comments
CAD and design tool vendors are poised to flood the market with smartphone and tablet apps that promise to untether engineers from their desktops.
Engine Shakeup Stumps Service Crew
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2012  101 comments
When the engine isn't running right, sometimes you have to wait until it breaks before you learn why.
Autodesk Constructs 3D Record of American Engineering Achievements
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/10/2012  6 comments
Autodesk is helping capture America’s greatest engineering and industrial achievements using 3D scanning and point cloud software technology to document historic sites for the public record.
NHTSA to Brake Unintended Acceleration
Captain Hybrid 
5/9/2012  61 comments
The debate over unintended acceleration, having lingered around the periphery of the auto industry for more than two decades, may be about to receive a fatal blow.
Freight Train Kills Cellphone Signal
Sherlock Ohms 
5/9/2012  15 comments
If your antenna malfunctions every day at a specific time, it could be the ghost is running on schedule.
Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways
Electronic News & Comment 
5/8/2012  44 comments
Experts say that the intelligent highway will save more lives than seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control. For sheer lifesaving capacity, nothing in the history of the auto industry will come close to it.
Freescale's Wireless Robot Teaches Sensor Programming
Mechatronics Zone 
5/8/2012  17 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors.
Gadget Freak Case #212: Solar Up-Converter Handles Remote Sensors
Gadget Freak 
5/7/2012  9 comments
William Grill's gadget can take energy from an alternate source (such as the sun) and increase the voltage to make the power useful in a wide range of applications.
Dassault Breaks Ground in Mining Market
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/7/2012  4 comments
PLM provider acquires Gemcom 3D geological modeling and simulation software, and builds out the new GEOVIA brand.
Slideshow: US Tech Fest Showcases Young Engineers
Blog 
5/4/2012  17 comments
Ten of thousands of K-12 students from around the nation showed up for the second annual USA Science and Engineering Festival.
Composites Stabilize Diesel Train Engine Enclosures
Engineering Materials 
5/4/2012  11 comments
A prototype diesel train engine housing made of a new polyurethane-based glass fiber sandwich material saves 35 percent weight and 30 percent cost over its steel and aluminum counterpart.
Case of the Failing 'C' Batteries
Sherlock Ohms 
5/4/2012  27 comments
Sometimes failures during the testing function say more about the test than the product.
Petroski on Engineering: Engineering & Civilization
Guest Blogs 
5/3/2012  33 comments
Experience, both good and bad, guides us in extending the state of the art toward new limits.
Cutlery Basket Damages Dishwasher's Rep
Made by Monkeys 
5/3/2012  39 comments
The poorly designed utensil basket on this dishwasher could have been improved for just a few pennies.
Industrial Robotics Gets Open-Source Boost
Engineering Materials 
5/2/2012  16 comments
Cross-platform, open-source development software is coming to industrial robots.
IBM's Watson Is a True Computing Star
Blog 
5/2/2012  21 comments
The latest celebrity computer gained fame by winning “Jeopardy” and will now take on the medical establishment.
Slideshow: Plastics Drive Auto Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
5/1/2012  29 comments
Solutions for automotive lightweighting were on display during NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla.
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