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The Secret of Canada’s Wind Energy Growth
Blog 
8/11/2015  48 comments
A multitude of factors are driving Canada’s wind-energy success.
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
Blog 
8/11/2015  1 comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
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8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
MakerBot Expands With Bigger NYC Factory
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8/10/2015  Post a comment
MakerBot has expanded its footprint with a new factory in Industry City, Brooklyn, that will allow the company to grow its desktop 3D printing business.
Highlights of National Instruments' NIWeek 2015 (Slideshow)
Electronics News 
8/8/2015  1 comment
This year, National Instruments' annual developer conference, NIWeek, set its sights on Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Future Cars and Transport Will Mean Radical Interior Designs
Blog 
8/7/2015  7 comments
As we approach commercialization of autonomous vehicles, and as shared mobility car services expand, automakers are ushering in much more functional interiors for business and pleasure.
3D Printing Bureau in Rhode Island Taps Local Best, Brightest for Growing Business
STEM Connection 
8/7/2015  Post a comment
Some of the newest and brightest engineering minds are helping a small reseller and service bureau in Rhode Island usher in the next generation of 3D printing and keep top STEM talent in the state.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
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8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
Lead Wires or Connectors for LVDT Sensors? It Depends
Blog 
8/7/2015  1 comment
Here's a guide info on whether to use lead wires or connectors on LVDT sensors.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century – Readers' Picks
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8/6/2015  6 comments
Design News readers offer their choices for the great inventors of the late 20th century.
Gadget Freak Case #270: The Attack Dyno
Gadget Freak 
8/6/2015  6 comments
The Attack Dyno brings car enthusiasts an attack timer and dynamometer in a small, portable package with the ability to output vehicle torque, speed, horsepower, 1/4 mile times, 0-60 mph acceleration times, ambient air temperature, and more.
How Would You Design the World’s First Smart Umbrella?
Blog 
8/6/2015  6 comments
Haz is a “smart” umbrella that leverages technology to solve some common woes of the parasol. But we'd like to know how you would improve upon it.
Thanks to Sensors and an MCU, an Outlet Keeps Toddlers Safe
Electronics News 
8/6/2015  10 comments
A company has developed an outlet that protects inquisitive children from one of every parent's worst fears.
Slideshow: The Industrial Internet of Things' Expansive Scope
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8/5/2015  Post a comment
These 10 applications demonstrate just how far Industrial Internet of Things connectivity reaches.
A Sudden End for That Famous Hitchhiking Robot -- Or Is It?
Blog 
8/5/2015  6 comments
HitchBOT, a robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada last summer, wasn't as lucky in a similar trip across the United States.
A University Blends Mechatronics with Real-World Problem-Solving
STEM Connection 
8/5/2015  1 comment
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Plant Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier
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8/4/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Hardware, Sadly, May Be Easier than Software
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8/4/2015  2 comments
If hardware and software development were judged by the level of symbolic logic manipulation, hardware would prove to be simpler. Can the argument hold up?
Dubai is Building the First-Ever Fully 3D-Printed Office
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8/4/2015  2 comments
The office's exterior and interior, including furniture, will be entirely 3D printed.
Suppliers Are Joining the Design Team
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8/3/2015  2 comments
Manufacturers are speeding design by including their suppliers in the process – and it’s not just automotive and aerospace.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
Blog 
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
IoT Is Turning Hardware Manufacturers Into Software Developers
Blog 
8/1/2015  1 comment
Thanks to the Internet of Things, hardware developers are undertaking a flurry of potentially lucrative software developments.
Exclusive: A Closer Look at NASA's Orion Glass Cockpit
Electronics News 
7/31/2015  13 comments
After 10 years of evolution, the prototypes of NASA’s Orion “glass cockpit” are finally reaching maturity.
Augmented Reality Is Finding Success in Enterprise
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7/31/2015  Post a comment
While there are tremendous opportunities in the consumer space for AR, a Juniper Research report says the enterprise AR market will grow tenfold by 2019.
Taking it Slow to Stop Burning Rubber
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2015  4 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.
The Anatomy of a Cyber Security Assessment
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7/31/2015  Post a comment
DuPont's cyber security assessment of its Texas plants is an effective blueprint for anyone looking to create a strategy for cyber protection.
Novel Alloy Will Save Money on the World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet
Blog 
7/30/2015  8 comments
Lockheed Martin is looking to a new novel alloy and casting process to cut expenses on the F-35 Lightning II -- the world's costliest fighter jet.
New Energy-Saving Fan Motor Aims to Disrupt Commercial Refrigeration
Blog 
7/30/2015  8 comments
After impressive test results, QM Power's Q-Sync fan motor has been identified as an emerging energy-saving technology and earned additional funding from the Department of Energy.
This ‘Strange’ Japanese Hotel Is Staffed by Robots
Blog 
7/30/2015  4 comments
Henn'na Hotel, a next-generation, eco-friendly hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, is staffed almost entirely by robots.
Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
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7/30/2015  Post a comment
With the pace of new editions and iterations, designers can fall behind quickly on software knowledge and skills. That's where JIT software training comes in.
Advanced Metals Gaining Ground in Lightweight Vehicles
Blog 
7/29/2015  16 comments
After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
Blog 
7/29/2015  1 comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
MicroE, Applimotion Merger Will Ramp Motion Control Customization Even Further
Blog 
7/29/2015  Post a comment
The new entity, Celera Motion, will continue to sell Applimotion and MicroE kit-style product lines and leverage their combined integrated assembly expertise.
What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 
7/28/2015  4 comments
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
Blog 
7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
Blog 
7/27/2015  39 comments
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
Blog 
7/27/2015  Post a comment
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
Blog 
7/26/2015  3 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 
7/25/2015  1 comment
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
Exclusive: Take a Look Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft
Electronics News 
7/24/2015  13 comments
NASA’s Mars mission may still be 20 years away, but its engineers are already hard at work. We climbed inside Orion's "glass cockpit" to take a look.
5 Killer Reasons the Apple Watch Is Just Getting Started
Blog 
7/24/2015  2 comments
Apple’s latest watchOS update, which is set to be released this fall, will finally usher in an era of killer apps for the Apple Watch.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
Engineering Materials 
7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
Industrial Cyber Security Requires Layered Approach
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7/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security requires a layered approach.
The New GoPro Hero4 Session Gets a Teardown Session
Blog 
7/23/2015  2 comments
The GoPro Hero4 Session is the company's smallest camera model yet, and also the first waterproof GoPro. Let's find out what's going on inside of it.
UL Working on Safety Certification for 3DP Materials Emissions
Engineering Materials 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
UL is researching pollutant emissions from 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, with the goal of establishing safety controls.
The Manometers Were Getting Light in Their Chambers
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2015  8 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.
Breaking the Car Audio Cost-Performance Barrier with ARM Cores
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
ARM cores are widely used in mobile devices, and as they become available in other microcontrollers, they are going to change the cost-benefit equation for markets like automotive. MCUs with DSP capabilities can make car audio more tuneful.
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