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Content posted in August 2011
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Video: Would You Buy a Chevy Volt?
Captain Hybrid 
8/9/2011  63 comments
What would it take to make you buy the Chevy Volt?
Autodesk Debuts CFD Simulation Tool
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/9/2011  3 comments
Fresh off the March acquisition of Blue Ridge Numerics, Autodesk Simulation CFD debuts with tighter integration and more consistency than with the rest of the Autodesk simulation portfolio.
What's Your Opinion on Patents?
Gadget Freak 
8/9/2011  11 comments
IV is one of the many companies that have come into existence solely to purchase patents and litigate on the basis of them. What is your take on patents?
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2011  14 comments
New materials, combined with efficient design, produce a lightweight car that is targeting a first place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Screaming Engine Prompts Generator Fix
Made by Monkeys 
8/8/2011  6 comments
My generator failed. When I bought the replacement part, I could tell they had discovered their monkey mistakes.
Arduino Open-Source Controller Platform Gains Ground
Blog 
8/8/2011  6 comments
Arduino has become the classic bottoms-up open hardware enabler for the type of home hobbyist who has worked with development kits ranging from Lego Mindstorms to open ARM and FPGA kits.
What Makes a Great Engineering Manager?
Wolfe's Den 
8/5/2011  12 comments
How do you define great technical leaders?
Getting Started With Proximity Sensing
Mechatronics Zone 
8/5/2011  7 comments
Two-minute development kit review: Engineers who need an optical proximity sensor that accounts for ambient light need this kit.
PTC's Direct Modeling Strategy
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/4/2011  4 comments
PTC's Justin Teague explains the CAD maker's direct modeling strategy and spotlights how the Creo Elements/Direct 18.0 upgrade delivers a path for CoCreate users to migrate to the Creo Direct modeling paradigm over time.
Animatronic Butterfly Completes Wedding Day Look
Gadget Freak 
8/4/2011  9 comments
User fiveMarch on Instructables was asked by a friend to design a moving butterfly that she could wear as a hair clip on her wedding day.
Artificial Lung Is Microfluidics Marvel
Engineering Materials 
8/4/2011  12 comments
A team of Cleveland engineers has developed a prototype artificial lung made from silicone rubber that uses air instead of compressed oxygen in a marvel of microfluidics made possible by additive manufacturing.
Scotland Attacks E-Waste Trafficking
Lead-Free Zone 
8/4/2011  6 comments
Scotland boosts its enforcement of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) by joining forces with Crimestoppers.
National Instruments Sets Sights on Grand Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
8/3/2011  5 comments
The opportunity to work on society’s biggest problems appeals to engineers.
National Updates LabVIEW in Shift Toward System Design
Wolfe's Den 
8/3/2011  2 comments
National Instruments updated its graphical programming language at NIWeek, introducting LabVIEW 2011.
Resin Producers Forge Ahead on Bioplastics
Engineering Materials 
8/3/2011  3 comments
Major global resin producers continue to show substantial interest in development of engineering plastics from renewable resources, even though acceptance in the engineering community has been glacial.
Monkeys Messed Up My GE Profile Washer
Made by Monkeys 
8/3/2011  25 comments
Watch out for GE's 'green' washers -- this reader found a mess of Monkey engineering.
Thin-Film Ferros Promise Energy Harvesting Bounty
Blog 
8/2/2011  3 comments
Georgia Tech team explores ferroelectric thin films as a new method of implementing MEMS structures for energy harvesting.
The Case of the HIPOT Test Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
8/2/2011  12 comments
The power supply kept failing the HIPOT (high potential) test. The supplier said, "Not us." We called on our inner Sherlock Ohms.
The Case of the Weird-Performing Transmitters
Sherlock Ohms 
8/1/2011  6 comments
The transmitters kept acting weird – always in the early hours. Call in Sherlock Ohms.
Monkeys Designed My 2011 Yamaha Jet Boat
Made by Monkeys 
8/1/2011  19 comments
Even new Yamaha Jet Boats need aftermarket parts in order to maneuver properly at low speeds.
Kill the Biofuels Subsidies
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2011  17 comments
Eliminating federal subsidies for corn ethanol should be an easy call for Congressmen debating how to balance the US budget in advance of a debt default deadline.
Sales Engineer Spins Skateboard Truck
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2011  13 comments
Long-time CAD software vet parlays industry know-how to transform design concept into Tork Trux, a soon-to-be released hands-free skateboard truck component.
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