Content posted in January 2013
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Staples & Mcor Team Up to Bring High-Quality 3D Printing to the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/11/2013  30 comments
Staples is teaming up with resin-based 3D printer company Mcor for 3D printing services in retail stores. The Mcor Iris 3D resin printer will be available for anyone to print in store or online.
Top 5 Questions to Consider When Designing a Label
Guest Blogs 
1/11/2013  12 comments
There are many variables to evaluate when designing a label due to the complexity of each component.
Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots
1/11/2013  14 comments
The demand for service robots is outpacing the growth of industrial robots and will surpass industrial machines by 2021, says a new study from Freedonia.
The Future of Design Is Cloudy
Sponsored Blogs 
1/10/2013  12 comments
Can your design work be done in the cloud?
'EV Triumph' Needs More Perspective, Less Hype
Automotive News 
1/10/2013  55 comments
Many news stories about a Pike Research study of electric vehicle sales use accurate figures but need more context.
Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
1/10/2013  14 comments
Here are 11 innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Google & Siemens Show What's Possible in Green Energy
1/10/2013  14 comments
Google has pumped nearly $1 billion into green technology, mostly by using it to run its infrastructure. Siemens has built the world's largest wind turbine.
Semester 3 Is Getting Started
1/10/2013  7 comments
If you’ve perused Design News at any time over the past 12 months, you’re probably aware that we offer online training through our Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key.
Robots Rapidly Digitize Media Libraries
1/10/2013  11 comments
Technology has emerged that can automatically scan and copy entire books into digital media format.
TI Engineer Named Top Innovator in Rising Engineering Stars Contest
1/9/2013  9 comments
Meet Punya Prakash, the top innovator from our Rising Engineering Stars contest.
Burning Your Hands Instead of the Transmission
Made by Monkeys 
1/9/2013  42 comments
An omitted dipstick and a buried filler cap makes checking/replacing the transmission fluid quite a chore.
The Industrial Internet of Things
1/9/2013  9 comments
One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
1/8/2013  7 comments
Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
4 Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2013  35 comments
Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Slideshow: Military Robots Extend Humans' Reach
1/7/2013  24 comments
While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing.
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 Software Lets Touchscreens Overcome Water
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/7/2013  19 comments
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 software lets touchscreens overcome water. Algorithms developed by freescale allow their MCU controllers and touch devices handle the electrical noise generated by moisture on capacitive touch panels.
Billboard Causes Computer Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
1/7/2013  24 comments
A brightly lit billboard was causing one company's computers to crash earlier each night. Sherlock is on the case.
My Opinion on Walking the Safety Walk
1/5/2013  15 comments
A staggering statistic says that every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, an employee dies, and 160 others sustain a disabling injury.
Teardown: Fitbit Zip Packs Lots of Functionality Into Small, Water-Tight Package
1/4/2013  12 comments
The change in processor architecture and radio led to some design challenges.
Daimler Funds 3D Printer for Auto Production
Engineering Materials 
1/4/2013  14 comments
Daimler AG has funded the development of a large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 
1/4/2013  24 comments
An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
Encoders Know All the Angles
Mechatronics Zone 
1/4/2013  8 comments
Engineers use rotary encoders to measure the angular position of an attached device or to measure distance indirectly.
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
Automotive News 
1/3/2013  75 comments
The Chevy Volt and other electrified vehicles dominated a Consumer Reports survey asking if people would buy their cars again.
Top Design News Articles of 2012
1/3/2013  7 comments
Before we put the shackles on 2012, we thought you'd like to know which articles garnered the most interest last year.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 
1/3/2013  27 comments
Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
A Forgotten Practice Can Save US Industry $500B a Year
1/3/2013  12 comments
Tribology, the science of friction, lubrication, and wear, must be rediscovered.
Why Ford Chose Lithium-Ion for 2013 Hybrids
Automotive News 
1/2/2013  19 comments
When Ford Motor Co. announced in 2012 that its new hybrids would use lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride, many experts raised an eyebrow.
Objet's Largest 3D Printer Doesn't Lose Precision
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/2/2013  15 comments
The Objet1000 can print down to 16 microns, making it the most precise machine currently on the market.
Buried Fuel Filter Is a Fire Hazard
Made by Monkeys 
1/2/2013  13 comments
The fuel filter in the mobile home was located in the fuel tank. Try changing that without creating a spark.
My Opinion on Materials Choice
1/2/2013  10 comments
The choice of a material, or making the wrong choice, can doom your design before it gets beyond the prototype stage.
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