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Who Is the Messiest Engineer of All?
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2/12/2016  Post a comment
Back in January we asked our readers to send us photos of their desks and workbenches – and they delivered.
Everyone's Talking About Wearable Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2016  1 comment
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Industrial PC Targets the Abilities of State-of-the-Art Intel Processors
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2/12/2016  Post a comment
Family of industrial PCs is preconfigured to work with Aerotech's A3200 motion controller.
Congress Extends Important Federal Solar Tax Credit
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2/12/2016  Post a comment
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
Why Is Industry 4.0 So Scary But Necessary At the Same Time?
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
iPad Pro Teardown: The Biggest Apple Teardown Yet
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
We're tearing down the largest product in Apple's latest lineup - the iPad Pro. How does it stack up against Microsoft's Surface Pro 4?
The Secret to My Success As An Engineer
Blog 
2/11/2016  1 comment
Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to recognize those folks around us who have had a hand in our success.
What's Making Industrial PCs Get Bigger and Smaller at the Same Time?
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
Makers of industrial PCs are continuing to take advantage of Moore’s law expansion of processing power enabling creative automation and control schemes with multicore processors.
Are 3D-Printed Metal Parts Good Enough for End-Production? Lawrence Livermore - and Physics - Say Yes
Engineering Materials 
2/11/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
Autodesk Adds Thermal Functionalities to Simulation Workspace in Fusion 360
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
The designer can now analyze temperature distribution in a design, tracking input and output of heat loads, and also turn it into a thermal stress study.
The Industrial Internet Will Rule, Even If There’s Still Resistance
Blog 
2/10/2016  1 comment
The Internet happened.” Those three words spoken yesterday by Marc Ostertag, North America president of B&R Automation at Pacific Design & Manufacturing, now taking place in Anaheim through Feb. 11, continues to bring ever-lasting changes to our ways of life and will undoubtedly transform manufacturing.
The Gaping Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing
Blog 
2/10/2016  7 comments
A panel session on the advanced manufacturing workforce at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week revealed a major skills gap.
2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Gadget Freak Case #277: A Self-Playing Guitar
Gadget Freak 
2/10/2016  6 comments
Learning to play guitar can be a long road. But a group of engineering students is going to show you how to make one that plays itself.
Advanced Software Emerges for Optimizing Machine Tool Mechatronics
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
The marriage of mechatronics know-how and advanced software tools is refining dynamic machine performance using measurements and innovative motion algorithms.
Epic DARPA Robotics Challenge Failures
Blog 
2/9/2016  5 comments
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
See This Gargantuan Electric Bending Machine for Large-Diameter Pipe
Blog 
2/9/2016  1 comment
The machine is claimed to be the largest and most powerful electric pipe-bender on the market, exerting nearly 500,000 lb-ft of torque.
Bosch XDK Development Kit Puts an End to Component Mix-and-Match
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2/9/2016  Post a comment
Traditional dev kits are based on a manufacturer’s microcontroller, radio module, or sensor device. The idea is to aid the design engineer in developing his or her own IoT prototype as quickly as possible. A not-so-traditional IoT development kit released by Bosch aims to simplify IoT prototyping even further.
This Report Shows How to Tap Into Nature's Principles for Design
Blog 
2/9/2016  1 comment
This consulting firm has put together a report detailing the growing biomimicry design field in the US and around the world, from naturally bacteria-repelling surfaces to keratin-inspired polymers.
12 Best Engineering and Information Tech Jobs
Blog 
2/8/2016  3 comments
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
Taiwanese Additive Manufacturing Doesn't Want to Compromise on Toughness and Hardness
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2/8/2016  Post a comment
The Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, a government-funded research organization, is aiming to improve laser technology to raise sintered material property performance.
The Democratization of Computer-Aided Engineering
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2/8/2016  Post a comment
CFD, FEA, and simulation software have accelerated time-to-market in product development and put the CAE analysis “knobs and levers” in the hands of design engineers.
Expanded CNC Control Increases Productivity Of Multi-Station Metalworking Machines
Blog 
2/8/2016  1 comment
Transfers the control of a large number of motion axes from one numerical control kernel to another within a CNC system, using multiple NCKs, and enables implement control schemes for virtually any type of machine tool.
5 Pre-, Post-, and On-Site Activities that Will Boost Your Presence at the Next Industrial Trade Show
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2/7/2016  Post a comment
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
Blog 
2/6/2016  8 comments
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
How Polybutadiene Made the Super Bowl What It Is
Blog 
2/5/2016  7 comments
On Sunday, when more than a hundred million Americans turn on their televisions to watch the Super Bowl, they might consider first giving thanks to a polymer known as polybutadiene. .
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists: Design Tools - Hardware & Software
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2/5/2016  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools - Hardware & Software category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
MTS Aligns Sensors to EtherNet/IP Compatibility
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2/5/2016  Post a comment
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
Design News Seeks Gadget Freaks for Slot Car Race at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Gadget Freak 
2/5/2016  Post a comment
Gadget freaks at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim next week are in for a special treat: a chance to participate in a slot car competition on the show floor.
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Finalists: Automation & Control
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2/4/2016  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Report: Solar-Energy Storage Market to Grow to $8 Billion by 2026
Blog 
2/4/2016  1 comment
A recent report from Lux Research is predicting the market for energy storage for solar-energy systems to grow to $8 billion by 2026.
8 Materials & Assembly Suppliers You Shouldn't Miss at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/4/2016  Post a comment
Materials and assembly methods on exhibit at next week's MD&M West and other co-located shows will include some materials you should see, as well as several new and improved processes. Here's a sampling of what you can expect.
Dynamic, Smart Modeling Amped Up for Metal Fabrication Design Software
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2/4/2016  Post a comment
The maker of IronCAD says simpler processes and greater flexibility drove the backbone of the newest release's dynamic modeling environment and 2D drawing tools.
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists: Electronics & Test
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2/3/2016  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Demystifying Data Logging -- and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits
Blog 
2/3/2016  8 comments
Data logging, a critical part of test engineering, is often treated as an afterthought, but giving it the following considerations can net big payoffs.
Medical Device Plastics Toughen Up for Harsh Hospital Environments
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2016  Post a comment
More plastics are coming into hospital equipment, as well as single-use, patient-friendly medical devices and wearables.
Get the Skinny on the Smart Manufacturing Revolution
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2/3/2016  Post a comment
The Wednesday, Feb. 10, all-day conference on smart manufacturing at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim will cover a wide range of Industry 4.0 issues, from Big Data to cyber security.
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists: Materials & Assembly
Blog 
2/2/2016  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
The Argument Against Model-Based Definition
Blog 
2/2/2016  7 comments
2D drawings actually work quite well, and people resist change, despite efforts including those by the world's leading companies to go to model-centric approaches to manufacturing.
German Firm's Inductive Displacement Sensors Reach New Low (in Size)
Blog 
2/2/2016  Post a comment
Engineers and developers looking for linear variable differential transformers for confined spaces and harsh environments now have a 4 mm option with ±0.5% linearity.
Anaheim Is the Place to Go Deep on Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing
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2/2/2016  Post a comment
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing trade event in Anaheim next week will be filled with sessions on smart manufacturing led by industry experts.
CSU Students Win Top Prize in Gadget Freak of the Year Contest
Gadget Freak 
2/1/2016  1 comment
The 2016 Gadget Freak of the Year is the Attack Dyno created by Colorado State University students Marco Martinez, Logan Rutt, Bryce Goertz, and Robert Coloroso.
Are You Ready and Prepared for IT/OT Talent Migration?
Blog 
2/1/2016  1 comment
We often discuss the equipment and software migrations as part of the move to a smart manufacturing or industrial operations model, but what about talent migration? It's time to stop ignoring this issue.
First 3D-Printed Titanium Cranial Implant To Get FDA Approval
Engineering Materials 
2/1/2016  Post a comment
The Food & Drug Administration has approved a 3D-printed, titanium, cranial/craniofacial patient-specific plate implant for use in the US. The implant is 3D printed using Arcam's electron beam melting (EBM) process.
Ansys 17.0 CAE Focuses on Expediting Virtual Simulation and Productivity
Blog 
2/1/2016  Post a comment
Ansys Inc., the developer of engineering simulation software, have just commercialized Ansys 17.0, calling it “the most feature-rich release in the company’s 45-year history” and claiming that the new release offers “10x improvements to product development productivity, insight, and performance.”
SkyMath iPad App Provides Fun, Personalized Math Learning for Kids
STEM Connection 
1/31/2016  Post a comment
SkyMath integrates various types of learning to help kids develop math skills in a fun, personalized way to promote STEM education.
What Star Trek Can Teach Us as Engineers
Blog 
1/30/2016  25 comments
Star Trek brought us many pioneering ideas that designers have acted upon, and we can glean a few engineering bits of wisdom from this iconic show.
Gadget Freak Case #276: See UFOs and Explosives With a DIY Polarimetric Camera
Gadget Freak 
1/29/2016  8 comments
Ever wanted to see light beyond what's detectable by the human eye? You can with DOLPi - a homemade Raspberry Pi-based polarization camera. You can even use it to detect unseen objects like landmines, IEDs, pollutants, and maybe even UFOs.
Another Use for 3D Printing: Physically Modeling Fluid Flow Trajectory Lines
Blog 
1/29/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is a new way to get a physical example of flow simulation results to vividly observe pressure, temperature, and velocity parameters.
Seashells Hold Clues to Stronger Materials
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1/29/2016  Post a comment
The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has identified a key process in the formation of calcium carbonate that could lead to the development of stronger materials for renewable energy research.
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At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Family of industrial PCs is preconfigured to work with Aerotech's A3200 motion controller.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
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