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).
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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