Content posted in June 2014
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
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.
The $250 3D Printer & Custom Cookie Cutter
CAD/CAM Corner 6/27/2014
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!
Consumer-Grade 3D-Printable Metal Casting Resin
Engineering Materials 6/26/2014
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.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 6/25/2014
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.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
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.
Use CFD to Design an Environmentally Friendly Car
Guest Blogs 6/23/2014
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.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 6/20/2014
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.
Nissan Rolls Out Its 2nd Electric Vehicle
Automotive News 6/19/2014
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.
Self-Aware Control Systems
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
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
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.
KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination
STEM Connection 6/17/2014
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.
Best Gadget Wins Big Money
Gadget Freak 6/16/2014
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
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.
Ford & Heinz Test Tomato-Based Plastic
Engineering Materials 6/13/2014
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
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
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
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.
Video: Intel Joins Robotic Revolution
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
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
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.
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
This charts show the pros and cons of five drive-train technologies.
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
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