Content posted in February 2013
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2013
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 2/26/2013
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
SoCs Target Motor Control
Freescale, TI, and STMicroelectronics offer SoCs that bring together a lot of features to address particular application areas.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013
Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013
Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronics News 2/20/2013
From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 2/18/2013
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
The European Pump Market, Post Financial Crisis
Guest Blogs 2/12/2013
What’s the trend that will shape the pump market in Europe’s building services industry in the future? The answer lies in the incorporation of more electronic features in pumps, leading to greater connectivity and integration into the overall system.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 2/8/2013
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 2/7/2013
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
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