Content posted in September 2012
Solar Inverter Optimization
Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Automotive News 9/11/2012
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Siemens Technology Stack Takes the Sting Out of PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 9/7/2012
Siemens PLM Software is assembling next-generation user interfaces, sophisticated search, and visualization technology coupled with highly granular industry-specific capabilities to reduce the ongoing complexity surrounding PLM.
MapleSim 6 Goes Heavy on Modelica Support
CAD/CAM Corner 9/6/2012
In expanding support for the Modelica open-source language, MapleSim 6 aims to integrate its physical modeling and simulation capabilities with the rest of the design tool chain.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Send Kids to College With Tools
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
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