Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board
Gadget Freak 12/22/2011 24 comments 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 18 comments 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 16 comments 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 10 comments 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 55 comments 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
Blog 12/7/2011 34 comments 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
Blog 12/6/2011 14 comments 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 11 comments 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 17 comments 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 63 comments 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 29 comments 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.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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