Content posted in September 2011
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Thermal Bandits Beget Shrinking Chip Packages
9/9/2011  3 comments
The driver of efforts to shrink the package size and power consumption of semiconductor chips is usually assumed to be consumer devices, but it's really Internet communications.
Survey Results: Do You Use Energy Efficient Motors & Drives?
Wolfe's Den 
9/9/2011  7 comments
Our survey on energy efficient motors and drives.
Give Me Back My Timex
Made by Monkeys 
9/9/2011  21 comments
This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.
Electric Car Battery Makers Face Shakeup Amid Soft Demand
Automotive News 
9/8/2011  24 comments
The laws of supply and demand may be about to deal a nasty blow to electric car (EV) battery manufacturers.
SolidWorks 2012 Hits CAD Market
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/8/2011  7 comments
SolidWorks 2012 ushers in an array of productivity enhancements and some major new functionality, including a costing module for calculating manufacturing expenses and a Large Design Review mode for working with large assemblies.
Fatal Accident in Face of 'All Clear' Call
Sherlock Ohms 
9/8/2011  15 comments
After a fatal accident at an intermodal facility, an investigator was called in to find the cause of the accident.
NEi Takes In-CAD Approach to FEA
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/7/2011  4 comments
Armed a strategy that melds FEA pre-processing, analysis, and post-processing capabilities with an associative 3D CAD environment, NEi Software is taking aim at smaller engineering shops looking to make analysis a core part of the early design process.
My 1973 Plymouth Scamp Shorts to Death
Made by Monkeys 
9/7/2011  20 comments
This driver decided to try an American car after owning many imported cars. The Dodge Duster was quite a lesson in quality.
GM Investigating Pure Electric Cars
Automotive News 
9/6/2011  29 comments
General Motors, the giant automaker notable for killing the EV1 a decade ago, is accelerating its move into the battery electric vehicle (BEV) arena.
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
9/6/2011  9 comments
Rising concern over China restricting exports of rare earth elements has caused the industry to revisit older magnetic materials from the mid-20th century, such as aluminum-nickel-cobalt compounds and thin films of iron and nitrogen.
The Case of the Way-Too-Hot Power Supply Unit
Sherlock Ohms 
9/6/2011  9 comments
The design of the power supply unit for VoIP phones created way too much heat. With few dollars to spare, a cooling fix was needed.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
Mechatronics Zone 
9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.
SolidWorks Teases Features in 2012 CAD Upgrade
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/2/2011  6 comments
As a prelude to the SolidWorks 2012 launch, the CAD company and select customers gave their two cents on how far the technology has come and why there's surging demand for tools that bring efficiencies to product development.
Discussion: What's Changed Most in the Design Engineering Profession?
Wolfe's Den 
9/2/2011  2 comments
Design News asks: What's changed most about the design engineering profession in the past decade?
The Case of the Shocking Bathroom Countertop
Sherlock Ohms 
9/2/2011  24 comments
The bathroom countertop was shocking. Was it the electric toothbrush or something more unusual?
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
Gadget Freak 
9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.
Nissan Responds to Leaf No-Start Software Glitch
Automotive News 
9/1/2011  11 comments
Some Nissan Leaf owners have found their vehicles won't start due to an air conditioning system flaw.
Aras Spins Open-Source Formula & Recipe Management Solution
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/1/2011  1 comment
Illustrating the power of open source, PSC Group releases a formula and recipe management solution for Aras Innovator PLM, allowing process manufacturers to manage specs, formulas, recipes, packaging, and quality information across a global supply chain.
Audi Concept Car Had One Minor Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
9/1/2011  8 comments
The Audi TT is a cool car, but its glove box lever is anything but cool.
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