Content posted in December 2011
Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board
Gadget Freak 12/22/2011
Jared Bouck found that off-the-shelf monitor systems were lacking the features he needed and were cost-prohibitive, so he created the sprout board, which is 100 percent open-source and totally customizable to the needs of implementations.
Slideshow: CAD Jockey's Holiday Gift Guide
CAD/CAM Corner 12/21/2011
From high-end mobile workstations to novel input devices and a reasonably priced 3D printer/CAD software bundle, there's an array of new products designed to bring holiday cheer to any CAD user.
3D CAD Brings Battleships to Life
CAD/CAM Corner 12/16/2011
Donn McKinney is hoping to spark the public's interest in large battleships by leveraging SolidWorks to create a full-scale 3D CAD model of the USS Missouri, which will provide a foundation for building a 1/32nd scale operational replica.
Subscription-Based CAD Tool Offered
CAD/CAM Corner 12/15/2011
As part of its co-creation approach to vehicle design, Local Motors has teamed up with Siemens PLM Software to offer its crowdsourcing community Solid Edge Design1, a fully featured CAD tool priced with a $19.95 monthly subscription fee.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronics News 12/13/2011
One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011
The five most important robotics trends of the past year enable volume manufacturing and aim at further integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Composite Aircraft Repair Advances
Ease of repair is reportedly one of the main reasons Bombardier Aerospace has chosen not to use carbon- or glass-fiber composites in the main fuselage of its composite-heavy CSeries aircraft.
Autodesk Puts PLM in the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 12/6/2011
Autodesk is finally planting a stake in PLM territory with its new Autodesk 360 for PLM offering, a hybrid cloud approach that promises a faster-to-deploy, less expensive alternative to traditional systems.
Little Robots Forge Automated Welding Cells
Engineering Materials 12/2/2011
Industrial robots that do welding and metal fabrication are getting both a lot smaller and a lot larger, depending on the size of the company using them and the type of welding configurations they need.
Laws of Physics Under Attack by Economics
Guest Blogs 12/2/2011
Investment in STEM programs at all levels is a stated national priority. But this vital education and economic policy objective has slammed into an economic headwind that apparently makes rational budgeting a political impossibility.
Cadillac CUEs In-Car Entertainment
Electronics News 12/1/2011
Cadillac's CUE is an important addition to the infotainment scene, but its consumer-driven design process may turn out to be more important than the product.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
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.
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