Content posted in November 2011
Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
Guest Blogs 11/30/2011
According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronics News 11/21/2011
Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Slideshow: CAE Goes Mainstream
CAD/CAM Corner 11/17/2011
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) features such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) are no longer arcane tools just for highly trained specialists. They're becoming accessible to mainstream engineers via inclusion in mainstream CAD programs.
Siemens Steps Up Composites Game
CAD/CAM Corner 11/16/2011
Siemens snaps up Vistagy, a specialized composites design tool maker, as part of its industry strategy and as a step towards building a broader, end-to-end product development platform.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
Gadget Freak 11/9/2011
Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight, which makes it easier to use in the dark. The gadget comes with off/on, three fan speeds, and multicolored LEDs to indicate the fan’s speed.
Industrial Distributors Face Integration Challenge
Distributors in the industrial, automation, and mechanical engineering sectors are having to adapt to changing requirements among customers as engineers try to differentiate their designs through performance boosts, faster manufacturing cycles, and the need for easier maintenance.
Catapult Competition Chunks Old Punkins
CAD/CAM Corner 11/4/2011
For the 2011 Punkin' Chunkin' World Championship, Team ETHOS orchestrated a redesign of its catapult using SolidWorks CAD and CAE to optimize materials and improve performance.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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