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Content posted in February 2013
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Video: PBS Off-Book Explores the Open-Source Art Movement
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/7/2013  11 comments
PBS shows the artistic side of engineering and software design with their Off-Book series, "The Art of Creative Coding."
Inertia Mismatch: Fact or Fiction?
Guest Blogs 
2/7/2013  2 comments
Is this often-quoted concept an excuse for inadequate system modeling?
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Captain Hybrid 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
PACs Combine the Best Features of PLCs, PCs & DCSes
Guest Blogs 
2/6/2013  3 comments
PACs provide a single platform for process and motion control, along with extensive data-handling and communication capabilities.
More on Rotary Encoders
Blog 
2/6/2013  6 comments
A careful look at the signals reveals a way to increase resolution fourfold.
Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
Blog 
2/5/2013  42 comments
The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
Blog 
2/5/2013  30 comments
The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
MEMS Enabling a Health & Medical Revolution
Guest Blogs 
2/5/2013  7 comments
Wirelessly connected, integrated solutions let consumers monitor and maintain their own health.
Update: Design News Product Showcase
Blog 
2/5/2013  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Honeywell, and WAGO that we feel need a little highlighting.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
Digital-Mechanical Engineers & 'Nex-Gen' Engineering
Blog 
2/4/2013  9 comments
In order for Internet-connected machines to produce substantial efficiency and productivity gains, there are sets of job categories that will be needed to drive growth and help us realize the benefits.
Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
Blog 
2/4/2013  10 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.
MetaEdit+ 5, Domain Specific Modeling to Become More Efficient
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/1/2013  1 comment
MetaEdit+ enables companies to radically improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models.
Unusual Warp Switches Looming in Textile Factory
Sherlock Ohms 
2/1/2013  7 comments
Water-jet weaving looms were requiring a control box reboot each time a thread snapped, leading to a lot of factory downtime.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 
2/1/2013  11 comments
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.
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