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Content posted in June 2014
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15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Here’s a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Toyota's FCV Fuel Cell Sedan -- First Look
Captain Hybrid 
6/30/2014  27 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen-powered future last week by revealing the exterior of a fuel cell sedan that will go on sale in 2015.
Storage Technique Brings Plastic Computers 1 Step Closer
Blog 
6/30/2014  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a way to convert digital signals into optical ones with low energy cost.
Gears in Motion Control Systems
Guest Blogs 
6/30/2014  17 comments
It seems that gears have been around forever -- what could be new?
Slideshow: Tokyo Museum Features Eerily Human Robot Guides
Blog 
6/27/2014  63 comments
The Japanese have long been early adopters of robots and are generally more comfortable with human-robot interaction than people in many other countries, including the US.
The $250 3D Printer & Custom Cookie Cutter
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/27/2014  16 comments
The MOD-t 3D printer, from New Matter, is a low-cost printer that is easy to use and one of the cheapest yet. Cookie Caster lets a user design his or her own cookie cutters and have them made. It's the cloud at work!
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- Internet-Connected Thermometer
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2014  23 comments
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect data for months to years on a single battery, depending on how often you check the temperature.
Consumer-Grade 3D-Printable Metal Casting Resin
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2014  12 comments
MadeSolid is offering a 3D-printable casting resin for making small metal parts for things like jewelry. It costs a lot less than previous alternatives and can be used with multiple consumer-grade printers -- an industry first.
10 Views of Big Data
Blog 
6/25/2014  20 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  11 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Zero-Net Energy Buildings Are Game Changers in Green Engineering
Guest Blogs 
6/25/2014  8 comments
The use of ZNE technology buildings not only reduces cost and creates renewable energy, but it can give a boost to the economy. The implementation and execution will require a workforce, which means the result can be increased employment.
Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2014  8 comments
Autodesk Spark brings the company to the 3D printer table with a resin-based system of its own.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
Blog 
6/24/2014  17 comments
This year, Motorola Mobility will close the factory that it opened last year in Fort Worth, Texas, to build smartphones. It's an old argument, but there's something to be said for having your manufacturing facility not too far from the rest of your company, specifically the design and quality assurance teams, and having your manufacturing facility not too far from your customers.
Siemens PLM Gives $1B in Software to Virginia Colleges
STEM Connection 
6/24/2014  4 comments
Siemens PLM has donated $1 billion in education grants to community colleges and universities in Virginia.
15 Steps to Becoming a Mechanical Engineer
STEM Connection 
6/23/2014  25 comments
Here are 15 steps you must take in order to become a mechanical engineer. Some are easy, some are very difficult, but all of them can be fun.
Use CFD to Design an Environmentally Friendly Car
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2014  2 comments
The use of CFD is more profound in automobile design because of the diverse physics involved. It can be used to optimize components for downsizing and reducing the environmental footprint while maintaining or improving operational efficiency.
Bearacade Aimed at Securing Classrooms
Blog 
6/23/2014  27 comments
An Ohio startup, National School Control Systems, has invented a device that can barricade a door quickly from the inside to prevent a gunman from entering.
Gadget Freak Review: Action Sports Drone; Fashionable Wearable Tech
Gadget Freak 
6/20/2014  12 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a Kickstarter campaign for an auto-follow action sports drone and a fashionable wearable ring that will discretely alert you of an incoming notification on your smartphone.
Can Automakers Meet the Growing Number of EV Mandates?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2014  29 comments
At least eight states have launched EV mandates. Auto industry analysts wonder whether automakers can meet their requirements.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2014  5 comments
igus is offering its tribological, integrated lubricant polymer in a filament for 3D-printing custom bearings, bushings, and prototypes. The Tribo-Filament is compatible with any filament fusion printer that has a heated nozzle and print bed, and uses ABS filaments.
Industry 4.0 May End Outsourcing
Blog 
6/20/2014  6 comments
Industry 4.0 promises a wide range of improvements in manufacturing that could outweigh the advantages of outsourcing.
A Fluid-Powered Design From the Educational Ranks
STEM Connection 
6/20/2014  1 comment
Editor’s note: We are encouraging students to let us know about some of the innovative projects they’re working on. Here’s one example.
Nissan Rolls Out Its 2nd Electric Vehicle
Captain Hybrid 
6/19/2014  42 comments
Taking aim at a market long believed to be well-suited for electric powertrains, Nissan Motor Co. has rolled out a battery-powered cargo van that it plans to sell in Europe and Japan.
Use Your Head to Solve the Tough Problems
Sherlock Ohms 
6/19/2014  13 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Views of a Wearable Future
Blog 
6/19/2014  10 comments
Intel plans a hard push toward wearable tech and Samsung is already on the campaign.
Self-Aware Control Systems
Blog 
6/19/2014  2 comments
With broad support from automation vendors and an emphasis on software tools that can easily be implemented in machine control projects, the beginnings of self-aware control systems are within reach.
Servo Integrates a Position Feedback Sensor
Blog 
6/19/2014  1 comment
QuickSilver Controls' Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high pole count AC motor. This combination eliminates the need for an encoder and resolvers and results in robust closed-loop motion control.
10 Ways Your Home Is Smarter Than You
Blog 
6/18/2014  35 comments
The promise of the smart home is slowly becoming a reality, with the technology and services available to digitally enhance your house to perform a number of tasks automatically that people have traditionally done themselves.
Hyundai Hits the Road With Fuel Cell Car
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2014  11 comments
Hyundai Motor America took a small step into the futuristic world of fuel cells last week, handing over the keys to the first customer of its hydrogen-powered car.
Entering the Auto Part Abyss
Made by Monkeys 
6/18/2014  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The IIoT: It’s Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
Hands Up! Your Money or Your Data
Electronic News & Comment 
6/17/2014  45 comments
Ransomware can lock up your data unless you pay to get it back. But there's nothing you can do about it.
KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination
STEM Connection 
6/17/2014  5 comments
The robotic building kit is aimed at children four to seven years old, with a goal of instilling in children an interest and affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with a varied way of teaching.
Dassault Expands Portfolio With Biovia
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/17/2014  3 comments
Dassault Systèmes launches Biovia to expand its bio materials and drug portfolio. Material simulation is the key.
11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/16/2014  23 comments
From pickups and minivans to sport utility vehicles, we offer a peek at a few of the least fuel-efficient light-duty trucks.
Best Gadget Wins Big Money
Gadget Freak 
6/16/2014  3 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Automotive Lightweighting Groups Get Serious
Engineering Materials 
6/16/2014  7 comments
Industry trade groups, materials manufacturers, and software companies are getting serious about helping automotive manufacturers with vehicle lightweighting. This spring, four different consortia and partnerships were formed.
QuickLogic Gestures Positively Toward Wearables
Blog 
6/16/2014  2 comments
Wearable technology is making an impact in people's lives, and that phenomenon will continue, likely in a bigger way than we currently realize.
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
Gadget Freak 
6/13/2014  14 comments
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that uses Arduino, a headset-mounted wind sensor, and an LED strip to translate your breathing into visual output.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge
Blog 
6/13/2014  3 comments
Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design will inspire the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle that will be printed at IMTS, in Chicago, in September.
Ford & Heinz Test Tomato-Based Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2014  13 comments
Ford and Heinz are testing bioplastics that use waste tomato fiber. Researchers have made some composites and are evaluating their properties, with the goal of making a strong, lightweight composite that can be used in a car's non-structural components.
WeDidIt Brings Gaming to the Disabled
Blog 
6/13/2014  2 comments
The AbleGamers Foundation, which seeks to make video gaming accessible to disabled persons who struggle with using traditional controllers and games, recently launched the WeDidIt campaign. The organization seeks to raise $200,000 by April 2015.
10 Uses for Drones That Could Change Your Opinion of Them
Blog 
6/12/2014  52 comments
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
Climb Glass Walls Like a Gecko With DARPA Tech
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2014  8 comments
For the first time ever, a human has scaled a glass wall using an adhesive inspired by gecko feet. The DARPA-funded research that developed the polymer microstructure technology on handheld paddles is part of the agency's Z-Man program to help soldiers in urban environments.
Windows-Powered App Automates Your Home
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/12/2014  9 comments
Redmond and Insteon recently partnered to offer home automation apps and hardware powered by Windows.
Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/11/2014  18 comments
From pickups to minivans to sport utility vehicles, here's a look at the 10 most fuel-efficient light-duty trucks for 2014.
For XP Users, There’s Still a Safe Way Out
Blog 
6/11/2014  15 comments
Plants still running XP can get a cyber-security blanket to put around the plant while conducting an upgrade to a newer OS.
Video: Intel Joins Robotic Revolution
Blog 
6/11/2014  3 comments
Chip maker and tech giant Intel is the latest company to jump on board with plans in the next few months to sell a design-your-own robot kit that will allow people to develop an interactive, humanoid robot.
10 Robots You Don't Want to Mess With
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2014  76 comments
Our current crop of military robots includes small, tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), more specialized types like large autonomous vehicles, and both large and small winged robots, one carrying its own fuel cell.
Thin-Film Device Eyed as Power Source for Wearable Tech
Blog 
6/10/2014  8 comments
With wearable electronics becoming a trend, researchers are exploring a number of new ways to provide small and flexible power sources to accommodate them. Rice University has approached the problem by using nickel-based electrodes to develop a flexible supercapacitor that acts much like a battery without the need for lithium.
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