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Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
Automotive News 
4/3/2015  24 comments
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology this week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
6 Essentials for a Successful Product Development Partnership
Blog 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Here are six tips for maximizing the probability of getting exactly what you want and expect from a product development service provider
Digitized Manufacturing is the New Wave of Medical Implant Design
Blog 
4/3/2015  6 comments
The use of digital manufacturing technology is benefiting doctors and patients as well as the designers and engineers behind medical implants.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs or Ensure Survival of the Fittest?
Electronics News 
4/2/2015  20 comments
As the annual scramble for H-1B visas begins anew this week, the debate over the viability of the program is heating up again.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
UK Researchers Have Found the Strongest Biological Substance Ever Tested
Blog 
4/2/2015  3 comments
For many years, it was believed that the strongest biological substance on Earth was spider silk, but new research says aquatic snails produce an even stronger material that could disrupt manufacturing forever.
How to be an Engineer in a State of Emergency
Blog 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
Most everyone thinks they are ready for an emergency or a disaster. Most everyone is wrong. But engineers are a unique position here as both the designers and beneficiaries of emergency preparedness systems.
The 10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Blog 
4/1/2015  38 comments
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
Blog 
4/1/2015  45 comments
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
The Failure of 'New Coke' Is a Helpful Lesson for Engineers
Blog 
4/1/2015  29 comments
Nearly 30 years after its release, 'New Coke' is still a lesson in product failure for engineers.
Automotive Circuit Protection Using High-Reliability TVS Diodes
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2015  Post a comment
Transient-voltage-suppression diode technology eliminates surges and enhances vehicle safety.
Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
Blog 
3/31/2015  4 comments
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
Blog 
3/31/2015  3 comments
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
Seamless 3D Simulation – Blending Big Data into CAD
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules
Guest Blogs 
3/31/2015  1 comment
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
ACE Awards Will Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
EDN and EETimes are welcoming nominations for their ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.
3D Simulation Goes Mainstream
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
Simulation is no longer reserved for large automotive and aerospace companies. Even small companies in the life sciences are now benefiting from simulation.
Nano-Scale Steel Powders Upgrade Additive Manufacturing Parts
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
NanoSteel Co., which develops high-performance steel alloys, began producing steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM) last year and now supplies them commercially for freeform laser deposition and laser powder bed fusion processes.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
Cyber Attacks Fuel Security Innovations
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
A Frost & Sullivan study finds that increased cyber attacks are prompting a flurry of innovative protection tools.
The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
'Spare Parts' Celebrates Immigrant Teens Who Beat MIT in Underwater Robotics Contest
STEM Connection 
3/27/2015  12 comments
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Don’t Let Load Dump Damage Your Automotive Electronics Circuits
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2015  1 comment
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 
3/26/2015  8 comments
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  3 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
Wireless Connectivity Offers Distinct Advantages for Industrial Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
Clean Diesel Industry Asserts It Is Unfairly Treated
Blog 
3/25/2015  74 comments
How far is today's diesel fuel removed from the black cloud your childhood school bus emitted? What makes “clean diesel” more than just promotional rhetoric?
The Smart Oil Field
Blog 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
It’s Time to Get Your Feet Wet in Additive Manufacturing — and Production
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
To those who have not stepped into additive manufacturing, get involved as soon as possible. This is for the benefit of your company. When the new innovations come out, you want to be ready to take advantage of them immediately, and that takes knowledge.
A Hands-On Look at Cypress’ BLE Find Me Application
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers will feel like kids in a candy store with the Cypress Semiconductor BLE Pioneer Kit. The development kit for low-power sensor-based systems is full of wireless wonder and exploration.
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 
3/24/2015  13 comments
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
Carbon3D Just Solved 3D Printing's Painful Speed Problem
Blog 
3/24/2015  1 comment
3D printing is agonizingly slow, but a new technology inspired by the movie Terminator 2 is going to get additive manufacturing up to speed.
New Design Apps for a New World
Blog 
3/24/2015  Post a comment
New applications are appearing that are designed to help the design engineer improve efficiency and enhance speed-to-market.
PlastiVan Drives Kids' Interest in Plastics
STEM Connection 
3/24/2015  1 comment
A program to educate kids about the science and technology of plastics as well how they can have future careers in the field has received a $200,000 funding boost from the National Plastics Center to expand
Polymer Additive Technologies at NPE2015 Push Packaging Limits
Guest Blogs 
3/24/2015  Post a comment
At the NPE2015 plastics expo this week in Orlando, Fla., Milliken & Co., a company that specializes in property-enhancing additives for polymers, is showing two products that are expected to have a major impact on their respective markets.
At NPE2015, Transparent and Plastic Klear Can Looks to Eat Away at Metal
Guest Blogs 
3/23/2015  8 comments
Of the products and technologies on display at the NPE2015 plastics expo in Orlando, Fla., this week, one in particular could dramatically change segments of food packaging – Klear Can. It's a transparent plastic can with a metal top and pull tab for fruits, vegetables, and meats that competes with metal cans.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
How Low Can You Go? Getting the most out of Low Power MCUs
Guest Blogs 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Some power-aware features are just showing up in tools, but it can still be a difficult task to determine where your design is the most power efficient and where it needs some help. Making sure your design is power efficient should become easier as tools catch up.
Free 3D Printing Database of Industrial Machines & Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2015  2 comments
Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for additive manufacturing and 3D printing now have some relief: a free searchable database with more than 350 machines and 450 different materials.
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC
Blog 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
The Programmable System-on-Chip BLE dev kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. Learn more about it and how to use it during an upcoming Continuing Education Center course.
Mechanical Engineer Salaries in 15 US Cities
Blog 
3/20/2015  1 comment
If you’re a mechanical engineer, your salary will probably be determined largely by where you live-- and not just by region. Salaries can vary greatly within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com. Salary levels don’t seem to be set by cost of living -- ME salaries are high in Seattle yet low in New York City. Beyond all else, competition for engineers is probably the strongest factor.
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