The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
A New Era for DSPs
Electronics News 9/28/2016
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Digital signal processors are gaining momentum in applications from voice activation to sports watches to holographic computing.
These Kickstarter Gadgets Deserve to be Funded
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
New Nanoscale Structures Give Metals a Boost
Engineering Materials 9/19/2016
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How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
VR Is Having a Hard Time, But It's Here to Stay
While market reports show slow going for virtual reality adoption, noted video game developer Chuck Carter says VR is here to stay, and that video games will be the driving force behind all of its applications, from entertainment to enterprise.
Tooling & Fixtures: The Unsung Application for 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 9/14/2016
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Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
Why Electric Motors Should Be Assembled by Bonding
As motors become smaller and more powerful, adhesive bonding gains in popularity, and the variety of materials and surfaces it can be used on expands, more and more engineers are likely to consider using it for their applications.
The Hidden Story of NASA’s African-American Women Mathematicians
With the film Hidden Figures set to tell their stories on big screen for the first time, we take a look at the real lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three little-known African-American mathematicians who played key roles in the early days NASA's space program.
General Motors is putting an off-road twist on hydrogen fuel cell technology with an imposing new pickup demonstrator called the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2.
Fine powder printing of industry-standard metal and ceramic powders with a grain size of less than 10 microns is now available from industrial 3D printer maker ExOne for its Innovent printer.
At ARM TechCon 2016, CEO Simon Segars will discuss how he sees billions of devices scaling to trillions as IoT applications proliferate. We know it’s happening. How do we prepare?
The term “autopilot” is now at the heart of a growing debate between Tesla Motors Inc. and Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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