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Content posted in July 2011
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Outsmarting the Appliance Monkey
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2011  13 comments
One way to outsmart the monkeys is to use the trouble-shooting guide that may be hidden in your appliance.
Auto Engineers Look to an Ethernet Future
Electronic News & Comment 
7/8/2011  6 comments
Ethernet could see action in automotive applications involving cameras and infotainment.
Die-Cast Decks Are Coming to a Backyard Near You
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2011  22 comments
Decks made of "maintenance-free" cast and extruded aluminum shapes will challenge wood and plastic composite materials.
Ford's Glucose Monitor & the New Infotainment Model
Electronic News & Comment 
7/7/2011  18 comments
Ford's glucose monitoring systems shows how the infotainment engineering model has changed over the past decade.
Micro Parts Aren't Just Tiny -- They're Top Secret
Engineering Materials 
7/7/2011  5 comments
Only a handful of companies are actively producing micro-molded components in the United States, and they aren't your usual suspects.
Siemens Issues SIMATIC Security Advisory
Wolfe's Den 
7/7/2011  6 comments
Siemens has issued a warning about a potential hacker entry point in its SIMATIC S7 family of programmable logic controllers, along with recommendations for protective security measures.
New Debugger Complements Atmel AVR Studio 5
Mechatronics Zone 
7/7/2011  2 comments
Atmel now has a new in-circuit debugger and programmer module, the JTAGICE3, which operates with the AVR Studio 5 software and all Atmel 8-bit and 32-bit AVR-family microcontrollers (MCUs).
Altair Heads to the Cloud With HPC & CAE Capabilities
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/7/2011  6 comments
Leveraging its patented flexible licensing technology, Altair launches HyperWorks On Demand, an HPC and CAE simulation suite.
iNEMI Releases Lead-Free Process Book
Lead-Free Zone 
7/7/2011  2 comments
iNEMI has teamed up with Wiley and IEEE to produce a reference volume that covers a wide swath of information on lead-free solder.
Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/6/2011  14 comments
Amidst a flurry of activity on the 3D printing front, Dassault Systèmes partners with the Sculpteo 3D printing service to give 3DVIA users a way to easily produce 3D physical models of their 3D digital creations.
Autodesk Expands Eco Materials Adviser
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/6/2011  2 comments
With sustainable design becoming a more important requirement for engineers, Autodesk is making the full version of Granta's Eco Materials Adviser available to help achieve a more well rounded sustainability profile.
Join the Maker Revolution
Guest Blogs 
7/6/2011  3 comments
Guest blogger Todd Grimm is buying a kit to make a 3-D printer, and will share his experiences with readers interested in this red hot trend.
The Case of the High-Resistance Shorts
Sherlock Ohms 
7/6/2011  3 comments
In trying to track down high-resistance shorts, the limits of the materials came into play, even the color of the material itself.
Outsourcing Bridges Is a Crazy Idea
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2011  13 comments
Construction workers in Shanghai are making a replacement bridge for the 2.2-mile span that was damaged in the 1989 Bay Area earthquake.
Robotocists Debate: How Human Should a Robot Be?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/5/2011  9 comments
Engineers are considering whether robots for the home and office need to look human.
Will US Manufacturing Rebound Continue?
Wolfe's Den 
7/5/2011  8 comments
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector rose in June, according to the Institute for Supply Management.
India Passes WEEE & RoHS Regulations
Green Scene 
7/5/2011  10 comments
India has passed e-waste and hazardous materials regulations that are similar to the European Union's WEEE and RoHS.
It's Time for a Straight Pitch on Green Polymers
Blog 
7/5/2011  5 comments
A feedstock shortage pushed Arkema to develop a renewable feedstock for Plexiglas acrylic, but the pitch is all about saving the world.
Moore's Law Struggling to Keep Up
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2011  6 comments
Multicore solutions will be critical in the next five years to overcome the Moore's Law obstacle, and technical challenges need to be addressed on both sides of the Internet.
From Photo to 3D Model With Autodesk Photofly
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/1/2011  10 comments
Autodesk Labs' Photofly project converts a series of regular digital photographs into a 3D model, a capability that has applicability on the consumer front and in engineering.
Monkeys Got to My Refrigerator Motor
Made by Monkeys 
7/1/2011  11 comments
When the Sears refrigerator motor went bad, it was quite surprising to discover how the motor was designed. Even the monkeys laughed.
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