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Content posted in August 2012
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Glue Troubles Run Hot & Cold
Sherlock Ohms 
8/13/2012  27 comments
First, it was trouble with the hot glue applicator. Then, the cold glue system started acting up.
Gadget Freak Case #223: Rocket Records Its Own Flight
Gadget Freak 
8/10/2012  50 comments
Doug Conner strapped a video camera to his PVC-based rocket to record its flight.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
ABS Alternative Made of CO2, Palm Oil & Starch
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2012  6 comments
A team headed by Siemens researchers have developed a substitute material for ABS by making a polymer from starch, palm oil, and carbon dioxide.
NVIDIA Refuels GPU Architecture for High-Octane Performance
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/10/2012  Post a comment
Powered by its new Kepler architecture, NVIDIA launches its next-generation Maximus workstation platform, which melds professional-quality graphics with massively parallel floating point capabilities, delivering HPC capabilities to the desktop.
Battery Makers Roll Out Grid Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2012  29 comments
Intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, will need a backup to balance utility supply against consumer demand.
Study: Plastics, Garbage Fuel Texas Cement Kiln
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2012  11 comments
A study has shown that fuel created from nonrecycled post-consumer plastics and other waste can power energy-intensive commercial and industrial operations.
Camcorder Needs a Good Smack
Made by Monkeys 
8/9/2012  36 comments
The Sony representative was surprised by problems with its camcorder. Online, customers were screaming that it needed a good smack.
SolidThinking Evolves Hybrid Modeling Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/9/2012  Post a comment
With the debate over CAD modeling approaches still front and center, Evolve 9.0 melds parametric and 3D direct modeling capabilities in an upgrade tuned for ease of use and accessibility.
Slideshow: Beyond the Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/8/2012  23 comments
New input technologies, from 3D mice to haptic devices, bring a new level of freedom, flexibility, and control to working with 3D design tools.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
Blog 
8/8/2012  6 comments
Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
Video: Composites, Syntactic Foam Dive to Bottom of Pacific Ocean
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2012  6 comments
The prototype Deepsea Challenger submersible piloted by James Cameron to the depths of the Pacific Ocean included components made of carbon fiber composites.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
Paradigm Shift in Wireless Instrumentation? That’s What They’re Claiming
Blog 
8/7/2012  6 comments
One of the key announcements made during NI week in Austin, Texas, is the introduction of an RF vector signal transceiver (VST).
Slideshow: Top 12 Most Fuel-Efficient EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2012  36 comments
We collected 12 of the top fuel-efficient vehicles, as determined by the MPGe rating system. From battery-powered electrics to plug-in hybrids, we present some of the auto industry's best.
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
Blog 
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
Blowing Fuses & Exploding Circuit Panels
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2012  28 comments
If the fuse keeps blowing, the problem may not be a power surge.
Slideshow: Australian Kayak Team Aims for Digital Gold
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/6/2012  12 comments
Propelled by 3D scanners and 3D design software, the Australian Olympic kayak team created custom fitouts for its athletes in its race toward a competitive edge.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2012  9 comments
A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
Danger: When Hydrogen Embrittlement Strikes
Guest Blogs 
8/6/2012  6 comments
Typically, failure occurs without warning, under stresses well below the yield strength of the material, and within a relatively short time.
Gadget Freak Case #222: Warming Up the Telescope
Gadget Freak 
8/3/2012  30 comments
Eric Chesak created a heating pad system to keep his telescope at a uniform temperature throughout his deep-space photography sessions.
Video: Robots Climb Stairs, Walk Like a Human
Blog 
8/3/2012  29 comments
A pair of robotic legs modeled closely on human walking mechanisms walk with a biomechanically accurate gait.
Product Development Gets Social
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/3/2012  9 comments
Companies are starting to recognize how Web 2.0 social conventions like microblogging, communities, and activity feeds can be applied to product development tools.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
Blog 
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?
Tested in Virtual World, Curiosity Rover Preps for Mars Landing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/2/2012  30 comments
To orchestrate the "Seven Minutes of Terror" landing on Mars, NASA relied on Siemens PLM and CAE tools to design and optimize the Curiosity's complex systems.
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Resistor for Energy Metering
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  2 comments
Performance and reliability are critical when selecting fixed resistors for energy metering applications. Several important specifications will aid in choosing the optimal solution.
3D Systems Enhances Content Creation Play
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/2/2012  13 comments
3D Systems' acquisition of Viztu gives it technology that lets users create 3D content from ordinary digital photos and videos, extending the capabilities of its Cubify.com content creation community.
Dassault Steers PLM Toward Automotive Design Challenges
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2012  3 comments
New "Smart, Safe & Connected" industry-specific solution tackles the development of embedded systems while helping ensure compliance with AUTOSAR and new ISO safety standards.
Mechatronify Common Mechanisms
Guest Blogs 
8/1/2012  Post a comment
Renaissance mechanisms become mechatronic through knowledge, process, and determination.
More On Sigma-Delta ADCs
Mechatronics Zone 
8/1/2012  Post a comment
Analog Devices has a step-by-step online demonstration that shows how a sigma-delta ADC works.
Nanodevices Self-Assemble Using DNA
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2012  5 comments
Harvard University's Wyss Institute has harnessed DNA to create self-assembling nanodevices such as targeted drug delivery machines.
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