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Old School Craftsmanship Is Alive, Well, and Inspirational for Labor Day
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9/3/2015  Post a comment
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
Gadget Freak Case #272: Motion Sensor Light Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/3/2015  3 comments
This homemade laser switch gives you multiple light control options using simple hand gestures.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
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9/2/2015  Post a comment
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
How to Gain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 2
Blog 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Driving Global Medium-Voltage Motors Growth
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9/2/2015  Post a comment
The oil and gas and power industries will combine for a hefty 45 percent of the global medium-voltage motors market, with oil and gas investments worldwide pushing demand.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
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9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
MEMS Technology Transfer and the Fable of the 'Golden Wafer'
Blog 
9/1/2015  2 comments
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
Blog 
9/1/2015  3 comments
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
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8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
Blog 
8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
Blog 
8/29/2015  2 comments
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2015  1 comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
BWG President: Here's Why Women's Perception of Manufacturing Is Turning Around
Blog 
8/28/2015  1 comment
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
It's Too Soon to Put Reshoring on the Pedestal
Blog 
8/28/2015  4 comments
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
Is New Patent a Signal of Ford Readying for Self-Driving Cars?
Automotive News 
8/28/2015  4 comments
In another sign that self-driving cars are on the distant horizon, Ford has been granted a patent for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats.”
The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM
Blog 
8/27/2015  4 comments
The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.
Why Wearable Cameras Will Be Profoundly Disruptive in Capturing Our World
Blog 
8/27/2015  9 comments
Wearable cameras possess the power to alter our work lives, the way industrial enterprises operate, and our personal lives because of the insights they can bring from their unobtrusive, first-person point of view.
Advanced Materials -- and Ridiculous Engine -- Enable Lamborghini's Punishing New Roadster
Automotive News 
8/27/2015  3 comments
Combining ultra-lightweight materials with a monster 750-horsepower engine, engineers at Automobili Lamborghini have created one of the world’s fastest (and most expensive) new convertibles.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
Blog 
8/26/2015  3 comments
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Cisco and IBM: Progress on Cyber Security But Not Enough
Blog 
8/26/2015  1 comment
Executives at Cisco and IBM say there have been advances in cyber security, but they also see much progress yet to be made.
Why 8-Bit Microcontrollers Refuse to Go Away
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  13 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
Blog 
8/25/2015  3 comments
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
What Does the Takata Airbag Case Say About Accelerated Test?
Automotive News 
8/25/2015  12 comments
The widening probe of Takata Corp.’s airbag failures raises an important and largely overlooked question for design engineers: What do the ruptured airbag inflators say about accelerated life testing?
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
Blog 
8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
Blog 
8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
Engineering Materials 
8/21/2015  2 comments
3D Printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
Design Engineers Are Realizing the Advantages of Big Data
Electronics News 
8/21/2015  1 comment
Led by advances in connectivity, big manufacturers are beginning to capitalize on the advantages of Big Data.
For Apple, watchOS 2 Is Go-Time for Apple Watch
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
Apple's watchOS 2 promises new features for users and new freedom for app developers.
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
Blog 
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
Gadget Freak Case #271: Portable Weather Station
Gadget Freak 
8/20/2015  9 comments
Portable Electronic Weather Evaluator (PEWE) is a weather station equipped with multiple sensors for gauging temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, and altitude.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
Blog 
8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
Rapid Prototyping Advances with Inkjet-Based 3D Printing
Blog 
8/20/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will present tips and details on process and materials for product development and manufacturing with inkjet-based prototyping in a three-day online course next week.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
Blog 
8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports
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8/19/2015  Post a comment
While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.
StemBox Offers Subscription Science Kits for Girls
STEM Connection 
8/19/2015  6 comments
StemBox is offering a monthly subscription box aimed at giving girls a hands-on approach to experimenting with science and engineering projects.
New Instrument Will Slash Test Times of e-Call Modules
Electronics News 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
A new multi-device test system promises to cut the time and cost of testing the telematics modules that will be installed in millions of new European cars in the next few years.
When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense
Blog 
8/18/2015  14 comments
Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
Blog 
8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
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8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine
Electronics News 
8/18/2015  3 comments
How did Firefly Equipment design a machine without the help of software engineers?
So Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles, Really?
Blog 
8/17/2015  79 comments
To evaluate the EV lifecycle you have to go beyond debates around tailpipe emissions.
HMIs Bridge Different PLCs and Communication Protocols
Blog 
8/17/2015  Post a comment
There are three leading ways to establish communication among different PLCs. Here’s how to specify the best method for your application.
Who Will Come Out on Top of the IoT Protocol Wars?
Blog 
8/16/2015  Post a comment
Several consortiums are vying for their IoT method to be adopted by the masses. But who will win the war over IoT protocols?
Just Because It's Old Doesn't Mean It's the Problem
Sherlock Ohms 
8/15/2015  6 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
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