Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 1/27/2012 24 comments Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 1/26/2012 39 comments Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Design News Radio Explores Next-Generation PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 1/20/2012 5 comments Join Design News Radio in a live radio program and companion chat Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 PM EST to explore how next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is pushing CAD tools and product development processes to the next level.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
Blog 1/19/2012 14 comments As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can
Gadget Freak 1/17/2012 19 comments This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.
Jack 7.1 Explores Human Side of Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 1/17/2012 14 comments With the latest release of its Jack human simulation modeling software, Siemens PLM is aiming to make it easier to conduct ergonomic and safety studies on the manufacturing floor and beyond.
PLM Startup Targets Efficiency
CAD/CAM Corner 1/11/2012 11 comments Positioning itself as the anti-PLM, Kenesto is readying a cloud-based process automation tool that aims to bring efficiencies to manufacturers' product development processes.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Captain Hybrid 1/10/2012 18 comments General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
Virtually Perfect Pumps PLM 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 1/10/2012 8 comments PLM veteran Michael Grieves's new book, Virtually Perfect, shines a spotlight on how manufacturing giants like Boeing and Apple are driving innovation and efficiencies through virtual product development.
TurboViewer App Enhances CAD Experience
CAD/CAM Corner 1/9/2012 5 comments Trying to carve out a front runner position in the mobile design tool apps market, IMSI/Design has released version 2.0 of its professional 3D mobile viewer with plans to build out a portfolio of apps in 2012.
MEMS Will Set the World on Fire
Blog 1/6/2012 9 comments Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) were in focus at the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, with the news that the US has a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing in nano- and, to some extent, microtechnology.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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