Hum Bars Hampered the TV Screens
Sherlock Ohms 3/7/2014 5 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.
Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 3/6/2014 24 comments Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
Guest Blogs 3/6/2014 7 comments A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?
Carbon & Fiberglass Composite Compound Is Cheaper
Engineering Materials 3/5/2014 9 comments A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Machines Canít Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 3/5/2014 16 comments Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the worldís problems.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
Blog 3/4/2014 13 comments We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Border-Patrolling Bots Combat Drug Smugglers
Blog 3/3/2014 6 comments Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
Guest Blogs 3/3/2014 Post a comment Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 2/28/2014 71 comments While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Hospitals Require Efficient, Low-Cost Electrical Power Distribution
Guest Blogs 2/28/2014 1 comment Engineers use efficiency enhancing products in hospitals that help cut down on utility costs and increase the efficiency of power distribution across the board. These installation devices can be high-voltage transformers and other circuits that enable a facility to get continuous power supply.
Simple Programming Fixes
Sherlock Ohms 2/28/2014 2 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.
Autodesk Acquires Delcam
CAD/CAM Corner 2/27/2014 Post a comment Autodesk, a leader in 3D design solutions, announced earlier this month that it has completed its acquisition of Delcam, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM manufacturing software, in its efforts to expand the companyís manufacturing software capabilities.
Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
Guest Blogs 2/27/2014 9 comments When most people think of their carís fuel tank, itís a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2014 14 comments Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
The 'Servitization' of Aircraft Design
Guest Blogs 2/26/2014 7 comments Regardless of how each aircraft manufacturer ultimately measures success, they all grapple with the same basic question: What can we do to optimize our asset's availability for its intended use?
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 2/25/2014 9 comments With labor becoming a smaller part of most companiesí total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 2/24/2014 62 comments The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
Guest Blogs 2/24/2014 12 comments With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 2/21/2014 56 comments By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeownerís garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Sabic Brings Carbon Composites to Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 2/21/2014 9 comments Like most medical-grade plastics introduced at this year's MD&M West show, those from Sabic's Innovative Plastics division can withstand multiple sterilization processes and harsh chemical disinfectants. The big difference? Sabic's new compounds are high-modulus carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.
CAD to Commerce
Guest Blogs 2/21/2014 4 comments The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 2/20/2014 38 comments The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this yearís edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.