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Want to Live in a Wind Turbine?
Blog 
2/16/2015  29 comments
Ever look at the base structure of wind turbines and think it would be a cool place to live? Probably not, but a German designer from Dusseldorf has, and developed a concept to use that space to build apartments sustained by electricity generated by the turbines themselves.
Manufacturing Tech Tools You Need Now
Blog 
2/16/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing vendors showed off their newest tech tools at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif. last week. This is what they had to say about them.
Mouser Rolls Out ‘Empowering Engineering’ Campaign with Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara
Blog 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Mouser will release a series of webisodes throughout 2015 related to cutting-edge engineering design and technologies that will highlight the components that go into them, including evaluation modules, processors, development boards, wireless cards and sensors.
Suppliers Make Manufacturing Smarter With Industry 4.0
Electronics News 
2/13/2015  1 comment
The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” gained momentum this week, as a handful of automation suppliers rolled out products aimed at creating smarter, more flexible factories.
Low Power Optimization Is Just Too Complicated
Guest Blogs 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Remember when design decisions for optimizing low-power MCU applications were simple? All you needed to do was select when to put the MCU into the low-power mode and when to wake it up. Once it was awake, you just ran the required code as quickly as possible. Simple, right? Well, these days designing for power efficiency isn’t so simple. Why is that the case?
3D Printing, Fastening Methods, & That Big Red Robot
Engineering Materials 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
As we saw on the show floor this week at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., 3D printing is contributing to distributed manufacturing and being reinvented by engineers for their own needs. Meanwhile, new fasteners are appearing for wearable consumer and medical devices and Baxter Robot has another software upgrade.
Hot Technology from Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Here's a collection of new products that were featured at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week.
Emerging Objects is 3D Printing with Unusual Materials
Blog 
2/12/2015  14 comments
Salt, ceramic, sand, even chocolate are just a few of the materials Emerging Objects uses to print large structures.
IIoT Top of Mind at Manufacturing Show
Blog 
2/12/2015  1 comment
Manufacturing professionals at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week discussed the opportunities and dangers of the Industrial Internet of Things.
Materials Get Tough & Light at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2015  Post a comment
Suppliers at MD&M West and PLASTEC West are talking about developing new materials and processes for wearable medical devices and more intricate compact devices, new sterilization methods, more applications where plastics replace metal, and expanding test data for selecting materials for single-use applications.
North America Sees Record Robot Orders, Shipments in ’14
William Ng 
2/11/2015  1 comment
North American manufacturing industries set a new record for robotics demand in 2014 with a 28% surge in unit orders, according to the Robotics Industries America trade group.
IIoT Blooms with Applications and Possibilities
Blog 
2/11/2015  3 comments
Mass customization has already arrived. Buildings only light rooms when people are present. The farm soil will tell you when it needs water -- in fact, it will water itself. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is exploding with possibilities, and the deployment is now, not is some highly developed future.
Gadget Freak Workshop Demonstrates the Power of Wireless
Electronics News 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Gadget freaks from around the country this week learned the power of a simple 8-bit microcontroller and a small wireless card.
MakerBot, Xavier University Partner on 3D Printing Innovation Center
STEM Connection 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Xavier University has become the first private university to open a MakerBot Innovation Center dedicated to giving students and researchers access to 3D printing technology.
BMW i3: The 'Most Significant Vehicle Since the Model T'
Automotive News 
2/10/2015  22 comments
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
China Leads the Market for Robots
Blog 
2/10/2015  3 comments
By 2017, China will lead the world in deployed industrial robots. A thriving auto industry is driving China's robotics.
6 Considerations for Designing a Wearable Device
Blog 
2/9/2015  6 comments
So you want to design a wearable device? In this world of rapidly expanding devices, here are a few simple design considerations to keep in mind when tackling a new development.
What Do You Want to Know About Motor Control?
Guest Blogs 
2/9/2015  2 comments
Now is your chance to tell us what you would like to learn during the March 9-13 Continuing Education Center Class, "Implementing Motor Control Designs with MCUs and FPGAs: An Introduction and Update."
2015 James Dyson Award Invites Innovation From Student Engineers
STEM Connection 
2/9/2015  1 comment
The annual international student engineering competition is now open for entries.
See the Latest in 3D Printing & AM at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
2/9/2015  1 comment
3D printing and additive manufacturing are a major focus of technical sessions, presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, and industry tours at this week's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif.. Here are some highlights.
It’s Time to Throw Out What You Know About 3D Printing
William Ng 
2/6/2015  7 comments
Design the way you’ve always designed, and you won’t get anything out of 3D printing that’s different from what you’ve always gotten before 3D printing. This is a key ingredient in the secret sauce of additive manufacturing.
10 Materials Suppliers You Shouldn't Miss at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/6/2015  Post a comment
Materials on exhibit at next week's MD&M West, PLASTEC West, and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif. will include several polymers, adhesives, and ceramics you should definitely see, as well as some new processes.
Video: Mushrooms, Agricultural Waste Turned Into Eco-Friendly Packaging
Blog 
2/6/2015  21 comments
Mushrooms are best known for their culinary and recreational “magic” uses (don't try this at home), but a former Vermont farmer has found a different way to use the popular fungi -- in the production of biodegradable, eco-friendly packaging that can replace Styrofoam and other synthetic foams.
Manufacturing Innovations Take Center Stage in Anaheim
Blog 
2/6/2015  1 comment
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing show will feature a panel of industry leaders discussing advances in manufacturing innovations on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
The Hacker Hiding in Your Medical Device
Blog 
2/5/2015  19 comments
Is your healthcare device safe? As connected devices proliferate, the specter of cyber attacks rears its frightful head.
8 Things You Can't Miss at The Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show
Blog 
2/5/2015  3 comments
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing event and trade show starts next week. With so many exhibitors conference talks, and activities to choose from, Design News is sharing our editor's picks of some of the can't-miss events during your time at the show.
Apple Invests $2B in Solar-Powered Command Center
Blog 
2/5/2015  18 comments
Apple is turning a facility that was planned for sapphire-screen production into a solar-powered data center near Phoenix, Ariz. The company is investing $2 billion to turn the facility in Mesa into a command center for its data-center operations that relies 100% on renewable energy. The move is part of Apple’s larger plan to have all of its data centers run purely on clean energy in the next few years.
Deloitte Report Says 3D Printing Will Change Automotive Industry
Engineering Materials 
2/5/2015  5 comments
A new report from Deloitte University Press says incorporating 3D printing will transform automotive production, both in printed end-parts and in specialized tooling, by offering more control over both, as well as lighter-weight parts. Additional benefits include much faster production time and lower costs.
What's That Sound? It's the Amazon Echo Teardown … teardown … teardown
Blog 
2/4/2015  8 comments
The Amazon Echo aims to be your in-home personal assistant, in the form of a WiFi-connected tower speaker. Let's have a look inside, shall we?
Start-Stop Gaining Momentum in Cars, Trucks
Automotive News 
2/4/2015  23 comments
With 54.5 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency standards now just a decade away, automakers and suppliers have begun ratcheting up their efforts to apply start-stop technology to automobiles.
Learning to Use Big Data
Blog 
2/4/2015  3 comments
A good portion of the effectiveness of big data is how it's used. Bert Sanders explains effective use of big data in manufacturing and product design.
NASA Scientist Kickstarts Cold Shoulder Weight-Loss Vest
Blog 
2/4/2015  12 comments
An ex-NASA guy wants to help humanity lose weight, by selling an ice vest on Kickstarter. That’s right, an ice vest, not life vest. It’s a vest full of ice that’s designed to burn calories.
User Interface Designers: Start Seeing Colorblind People
Blog 
2/3/2015  17 comments
User interface designers ignore the fact that some form of colorblindness affects as much as 10% of the male population at their own risk. Relying on users to distinguish between colors that are fairly close together in the spectrum is a good way to ensure that at least some of them will have difficulties.
See the Latest in Robotics & Automation at the ATX West Robotics Innovation Tour
Blog 
2/3/2015  1 comment
A fun and free tour you can attend at next week's ATX West, Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and other events in Anaheim, Calif., is the Robotics Innovation Tour. It will be held twice during the show, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Get Your Wireless Demo Boards at Gadget Freak Workshop
Gadget Freak 
2/2/2015  4 comments
Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a wireless remote demo package that can be used to build garage door openers, tire pressure monitors, keyless entry systems, and much more.
The IIoT and the Maker Movement Will Revamp the Tech World
Blog 
2/2/2015  10 comments
The IIoT and the Maker Movement are two of the emerging disrupters that will significantly change industry and business, according to National Instruments.
What Do You Want to Know About Low Power MCUs?
Guest Blogs 
2/2/2015  4 comments
Continuing Education Center lecturer Warren Miller wants to know what you want to learn about in his upcoming course. Read his suggestions and add your own.
A Revealing Quiet
Sherlock Ohms 
2/2/2015  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.
Special Effects, AM, & Oak Ridge Lab Gurus to Keynote AM Users Group Meeting
Engineering Materials 
2/2/2015  Post a comment
Three additive manufacturing movers and shakers will be keynote speakers at the upcoming 2015 Additive Manufacturing Users Group Education & Training Conference: Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects, Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Todd Grimm, president of independent AM consulting firm T. A. Grimm & Associates and AMUG board member.
5G WiFi and Smart Test Equipment Will Change the Tech World
Blog 
1/30/2015  2 comments
National Instruments sees 5G WiFi and software-enhanced test equipment as advances that will change technology and business.
Tesla’s 'Insane' Button Doesn’t Disappoint
Blog 
1/30/2015  20 comments
The new $120,000 Model S P85D boasts a 221-horsepower front motor and a 470-horsepower rear motor that packs a punch. The car is able to go from 0-60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds … quietly.
New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2015  1 comment
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Belichick's 'DeflateGate' Explanation Falls Flat on Technical Details
Electronics News 
1/29/2015  57 comments
The ideal gas law, first stated in 1834, has suddenly become big news.
Bill Gates Discusses the Future of Tech, AI, and 'Poop Water'
Blog 
1/29/2015  7 comments
Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and fielded fielded questions on everything from his outlook on the future of technology to who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl.
Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2015  9 comments
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
Milestones in VR and Augmented Reality
Blog 
1/28/2015  10 comments
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Blog 
1/28/2015  11 comments
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
Blog 
1/28/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
Learn How to Write Simple Embedded C Applications
Electronics News 
1/28/2015  3 comments
If you’re developing an embedded monitoring and control application, then you’ll want to take note of the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler."
The Importance of Serial Interfaces in FPGA Designs
Guest Blogs 
1/27/2015  1 comment
FPGAs are the glue logic in today's systems, but what they glue together are a variety of diverse sub-systems with different interface requirements.
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