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Content posted in February 2014
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Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 
2/28/2014  89 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Gadget Freak Review: Google Phone Creates 3D Models & Virtual Wallet Replaces Credit Cards
Gadget Freak 
2/28/2014  9 comments
This gadget freak review highlights some new mobile technologies. Google's Project Tango is building 3D models of the space around you, and the Loop is a virtual wallet that allows you to pay merchants by transmitting your card data.
Fasteners, Adhesives Hold Things Together at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/28/2014  3 comments
At the MD&M West show and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., four companies displaying fastening systems and other assembly methods like adhesives stood out.
Hospitals Require Efficient, Low-Cost Electrical Power Distribution
Guest Blogs 
2/28/2014  1 comment
Engineers use efficiency enhancing products in hospitals that help cut down on utility costs and increase the efficiency of power distribution across the board. These installation devices can be high-voltage transformers and other circuits that enable a facility to get continuous power supply.
Simple Programming Fixes
Sherlock Ohms 
2/28/2014  12 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Could Tesla 'Gigafactory' Bring EVs to the Masses?
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2014  38 comments
Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in hopes of making electric cars affordable for the general public.
Autodesk Acquires Delcam
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/27/2014  Post a comment
Autodesk, a leader in 3D design solutions, announced earlier this month that it has completed its acquisition of Delcam, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM manufacturing software, in its efforts to expand the company’s manufacturing software capabilities.
Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2014  10 comments
When most people think of their car’s fuel tank, it’s a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Plugs in the New Golf
Captain Hybrid 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next piece of its multi-pronged sustainability strategy next week, rolling out the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
The 'Servitization' of Aircraft Design
Guest Blogs 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Regardless of how each aircraft manufacturer ultimately measures success, they all grapple with the same basic question: What can we do to optimize our asset's availability for its intended use?
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
2/25/2014  45 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
Free WiFi for Everyone!
Blog 
2/25/2014  17 comments
Soon, the Internet will be free and accessible from anywhere in the world thanks to Media Development Investment Fund’s mini-satellite WiFi network.
3D Printing Approaches End Production With Single, Multi-Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/25/2014  8 comments
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companies’ total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
Oh Snap! Another 3D Printer
Blog 
2/24/2014  17 comments
Affordability is key with the Snap3D printer from TJIKO Labs.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 
2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2014  12 comments
With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
Revelations From the Manufacturing Show Floor
Blog 
2/24/2014  13 comments
Vendors on the floor of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show reveal their opportunities and challenges.
Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball Counter
Gadget Freak 
2/21/2014  17 comments
William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, so he created an electric one to keep score.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 
2/21/2014  58 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Sabic Brings Carbon Composites to Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
2/21/2014  9 comments
Like most medical-grade plastics introduced at this year's MD&M West show, those from Sabic's Innovative Plastics division can withstand multiple sterilization processes and harsh chemical disinfectants. The big difference? Sabic's new compounds are high-modulus carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.
CAD to Commerce
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2014  4 comments
The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
NI's Dr. T.: 'Competition Is Now Ecosystem to Ecosystem'
Blog 
2/20/2014  7 comments
Dr. James J. Truchard of National Instruments insists that successful technology companies have to create ecosystems to compete.
Disease-Fighting Materials Spotlighted at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/20/2014  22 comments
Most of the new materials on display at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, Calif. last week were developed to fight disease, especially the infections that hospital staff and patients are getting in large numbers. Many of the new plastics have also been developed with antimicrobial properties.
Staying Safe From High Voltage
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2014  7 comments
Working on one of these amplifiers, one had to be very cognizant of the possibility of getting bit by a flash over.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
3D Systems Acquires Xerox's Solid Ink
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/19/2014  2 comments
3D Systems absorbs Xerox’s Solid Ink Engineering to further expand its 3D printer prowess.
World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
Electronic News & Comment 
2/19/2014  14 comments
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
Blog 
2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
Fitness Formula Flaw Miscounts Calories
Made by Monkeys 
2/18/2014  14 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Use Maps, Not Recipes, for Student Project Success
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2014  8 comments
By creating roadmaps we can prepare students to think critically and decide the appropriate way to solve a problem, while keeping them engaged every step of the way.
MarkForged Unleashes Carbon Fiber 3D Printer on World
Blog 
2/17/2014  16 comments
The world's first carbon fiber printer was introduced at SolidWorks world 2014.
Improve Thermal Efficiency With Enhanced Integrated Motor Technology
Guest Blogs 
2/17/2014  4 comments
Providing maximum cooling within a compact space has always been an challenging task, but a number of highly efficient solutions have been developed using the principles of advanced integrated design.
Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
Blog 
2/17/2014  45 comments
A UK-based company is developing solar-cell technology that could help advance the market for integrating solar energy-harvesting glass into commercial buildings.
Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover
Gadget Freak 
2/14/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at an open-source DIY car that can be assembled in an hour and an intelligent radiator cover controlled though a smartphone app.
Slideshow: Adhesives Make BMW's All-Carbon Composite Body-in-White
Engineering Materials 
2/14/2014  6 comments
The new BMW i3's entire body-in-white is made of carbon fiber composites, a first in automotive mass production. Its construction has been made possible by Dow Automotive Systems' Betaforce structural adhesives.
Pains & Gains on Tech Street
Blog 
2/14/2014  12 comments
Word on the showfloor at Pacific Design & Manufacturing reveals manufacturing trends.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
Blog 
2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
Blog 
2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
Driverless Cars Are Coming to England
Guest Blogs 
2/13/2014  13 comments
The UK government recently unveiled a £1.5 million project to design and manufacture a range of driverless vehicles, which will become operational in a UK city center.
Shaft Housing Needs Constant Replacement
Made by Monkeys 
2/13/2014  12 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
Blog 
2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Using Light-Curable Materials for Medical Device Applications
Guest Blogs 
2/12/2014  10 comments
The use of light-curable materials (LCMs) in the medical device industry continues to gain popularity and support for their ease of application, cost savings, and fast-acting results.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Captain Hybrid 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
3 Questions Answered by an Energy Harvesting Expert
Blog 
2/11/2014  12 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently sat down with Yogesh Ramadass, a design engineer with Texas Instruments and an expert on the subject of energy harvesting. He asked him some pertinent questions on the subject.
Corroded Copper Stops Dial Tone
Sherlock Ohms 
2/11/2014  33 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2014  18 comments
If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2014  34 comments
Electric car batteries can do more than power electric cars. They can send current to homes and buildings or send it back to the grid. They may one day store energy from wind and solar farms.
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