How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
Wolfe's Den 7/29/2011 123 comments Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
Embedded Multicore Goes Mainstream
Blog 7/26/2011 4 comments Multicore designs of four or more processors on a single chip are cheap enough for embedded and industrial applications, but not all multicore processors are appropriate for the task.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
CAD/CAM Corner 7/25/2011 10 comments While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
Convert Garbage to Electricity at Home
Gadget Freak 7/22/2011 8 comments Trevor Nestor built a gasifier out of some steel cans and camping pans. The basic idea of a gasifier is that you burn wood, trash, or other unwanted organic items in an environment low on oxygen.
3D Systems Acquires Alibre
CAD/CAM Corner 7/22/2011 6 comments Alibre and 3D Systems believe the combination of CAD and 3D printer technology will democratize 3D printing and bring affordable solutions to students, engineering hobbyists, and the growing maker community.
Local Motors Shifts Crowd-Sourcing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 7/21/2011 11 comments Billing itself as an open-source car company, Local Motors is challenging the traditional automotive design paradigm with a new model that leverages the collective design power of a community to "co-create" limited-run vehicles.
3D Printer Kit Ordering Woes
Blog 7/21/2011 6 comments Guest blogger and additive manufacturing maven Todd Grimm describes the sometimes frustrating process of ordering a kit to produce three-dimensional parts from common plastics.
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
Engineering Materials 7/20/2011 7 comments Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
Terrafugia Transition Inches Closer to Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 7/18/2011 17 comments The so-called flying car reached another milestone, having been granted key exemptions by government safety agencies that were critical due to the engineering challenges around a dual-purpose design.
The Case of the Jumping Gyro
Sherlock Ohms 7/14/2011 4 comments A remote-controlled underwater vehicle had a heading servo referenced to a gas-rate gyro, which had a trimmable dc offset. Every once in a while, the heading took a jump of 10 to 15 degrees.
ANSYS Acquires Apache Design Solutions
CAD/CAM Corner 7/14/2011 2 comments With its $310 million acquisition of Apache Design Solutions, ANSYS is poised to deliver more of a systems-level approach to integrated circuit design, delivering simulation capabilities from initial IC prototyping to system signoff and design.
Final Shuttle Flight Creates Opportunity
Guest Blogs 7/13/2011 13 comments Watching the space shuttle Atlantis take flight invoked a sense of optimism that it opens up an opportunity to build even better spacecraft that are more affordable, better integrated, better manufactured, and better supported.
CATIA Revision Supports Functional Mockups
CAD/CAM Corner 7/12/2011 2 comments New systems engineering functions in CATIA V6R2012, along with a partnership with aerospace giants EADS and Astrium, are propelling Dassault Systèmes's emerging vision of a Functional Digital Mock-Up (FDMU).
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.