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Content posted in October 2012
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'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
Blog 
10/12/2012  27 comments
Locked out of your car with nothing to break in but a piece of chewing gum and a hair tie? No problem -- there’s a robot for that.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Automotive News 
10/12/2012  14 comments
To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
Siemens Packs Briefcase of Design Data for Suppliers
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/12/2012  3 comments
The new Briefcase Browser facilitates the exchange of design data between OEMs and suppliers without access to the core Teamcenter PLM platform.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronics News 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Noise Messed With the Automation System
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2012  5 comments
It was difficult to find the problem on the conveyor line until the noise was replicated.
Open-Source Kits Put Robots in Many Hands
Mechatronics Zone 
10/11/2012  19 comments
Multiplo, a four person startup, sought venture funds via Kickstarter to create and manufacture kits for anyone interested in robotics.
Electrohydraulic Control for Farm Vehicles
Blog 
10/11/2012  9 comments
A lightweight vehicle and electrohydraulic controller help a Manitoba farming operation spray crops in heavy clay and gumbo-like soil.
Lousy Cables Made by Somebody’s Brother-in-Law
Made by Monkeys 
10/10/2012  20 comments
The motors kept failing due to faulty cables. Who was responsible for them?
Products That Should Be on Your Radar
Blog 
10/10/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Banner Engineering, and W. L. Gore & Associates that need a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Hits the Highway in 2014
Automotive News 
10/9/2012  8 comments
Audi AG says it's getting closer to knowing the configuration of the powertrain and battery cooling system for its new A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will reach production in 2014.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
The Rust & Squeak of a Brand New Mower
Made by Monkeys 
10/9/2012  18 comments
The mower was brand new, so why did the wheels quickly rust and squeak?
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2012  17 comments
A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
The Car Was Puffed Up on Hot Air
Sherlock Ohms 
10/8/2012  15 comments
The air bag suspension kept the Lincoln Town Car riding high -- too high.
Sunglass Launches 3D Collaboration Site
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/8/2012  7 comments
Touting project management, social collaboration, and robust capabilities for managing version history, Sunglass has taken the wraps off its cloud-based platform for 3D design.
Gadget Freak Case #227: Wearable Computer Keeps Tabs on Fido & Kitty
Gadget Freak 
10/5/2012  26 comments
Pete Cross created the PetInspect gadget to record data on how a pet is being treated while it is boarded. The gadget helps you track the pet's environment and if it is getting exercise.
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
Blog 
10/5/2012  11 comments
The Bulldog RS-1 is a tank-like all-terrain truck that delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires.
Aluminum Wheels Take Higher Max Load Than Steel
Engineering Materials 
10/5/2012  34 comments
Two new forged aluminum wheels from Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products have higher maximum per-wheel loads than comparable steel wheels.
Energy Efficiency: How Does Your State Rank?
Blog 
10/5/2012  14 comments
Massachusetts again hits No. 1 as the state with the strongest energy efficiency program.
Formlabs Launches 'Prosumer' 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/4/2012  22 comments
Leveraging a unique go-to-market strategy based on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, Formlabs has debuted the Form 1, a low-cost 3D printer for professionals.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
The Fight for the Perfect Fit
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  8 comments
eQuality Tech is using Geomagic to help Fight-Bite cut design time for customized mouthguards from a day to an hour.
Users Drive Innovation in Flash Memory
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  3 comments
By challenging engineers to keep innovating to support the best customer experience, users have ensured that voice recognition is moving forward at high speed.
Michael Waltrip Throttles Up a Digital Simulation Edge
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/3/2012  13 comments
The nascent NASCAR team is fast tracking a winning season with a revamped digital aerodynamics design initiative that shifts digital CFD simulation into high gear.
Self-Healing Gel Could Replace Cartilage
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2012  32 comments
A new flexible, self-healing hydrogel that could replace cartilage can be stretched to 21 times its length before breaking.
Skepticism Prevented a Nasty Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2012  25 comments
It took a lot of second guessing to find an aircraft flaw that would have caused a crash.
Myth of the College Experience
Guest Blogs 
10/3/2012  40 comments
The best way to prepare for success in your career and in life is to start out at a community college.
Slideshow: Robots in Space
Blog 
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.
Simulation Heads for Mainstream Makeover
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/2/2012  6 comments
Readily accessible workstation capabilities and cloud-based functionality are transforming simulation from a specialist function to a routine part of a design engineer's workflow.
Design Decisions: Protect Electronic Ballasts in Fluorescent Lamps
Guest Blogs 
10/2/2012  5 comments
A polymeric positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) device can help protect electronic ballasts from abnormal-state operations when fluorescent lamps are reaching their EOL.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
Blog 
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?
Big Battery EVs Under Fire
Automotive News 
10/1/2012  92 comments
The latest news from the world of electric cars can't be good for EV battery makers.
3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2012  9 comments
3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government.
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.
Hot-Seat Emergency in the Outback
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2012  37 comments
What were the Outback designers thinking when they placed the emergency button and the seat warmer switch in bumpable positions?
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