Can You Solve this Engineering Mystery?
Sherlock Ohms 6/16/2015 13 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.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
Blog 6/16/2015 Post a comment There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Used Buick Has a Short Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 6/11/2015 10 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.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 6/11/2015 4 comments Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
Blog 6/10/2015 1 comment As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
Guest Blogs 6/9/2015 9 comments Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Mechatronics Delivers Greater Mobility for Paraplegic Patients
Blog 6/8/2015 Post a comment The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics continues to find areas where it can deliver value in new ways. In medical, product development teams are bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, sensing, electronics, and computing, to design robotic exoskeletons for people with paraplegia.
Mechatronics Education Fills Need for Multidisciplinary Engineering
STEM Connection 6/8/2015 4 comments The term “mechatronics” was coined by a Japanese company in the early 1970s, but only recently has the still-considered-emerging discipline become fully fleshed out at the academic level. Students are taught a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, including a systems integration approach to design and modeling.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 6/8/2015 3 comments It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
Flexible Is the New Fast in Redefined Automation and Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 6/5/2015 Post a comment We are entering a new era of manufacturing -- one in which mass production is giving way to mass customization. A global marketplace, built on rich e-commerce platforms and make-to-order product configurations, is making “now” a great time to be a consumer -- but a challenging one to be a manufacturer.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 6/4/2015 Post a comment Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Solvay Revs Up With All-Plastic Engine
Engineering Materials 6/3/2015 26 comments Solvay, known for its extensive work getting the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aloft earlier this year, is taking a leadership role in developing an all-plastic car engine, the Polimotor 2.
Low-Power FPGAs: Just Like Jumbo Shrimp?
Guest Blogs 5/29/2015 Post a comment FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 5/28/2015 5 comments Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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