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Content posted in March 2012
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Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 2
Mechatronics Zone 
3/6/2012  10 comments
Specify and create a data-acquisition system by analyzing measurements and figuring out what you are going to do with the information.
Reducing Risk Through Integrated Advanced Development
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2012  15 comments
Integrated advanced development can help minimize risk associated with lack of knowledge, lack of product development, and lack of infrastructure.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 1
Blog 
3/5/2012  44 comments
A range of market forces will prop up prices for rare earth metals. Learn how to mitigate the effect.
Headbox Hairballs Plague Paper Mill
Sherlock Ohms 
3/5/2012  9 comments
Sometimes you have to take a plant nearly apart to find a problem that has been a pest for 20 years.
How Do You Define an Engineer?
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2012  45 comments
Engineers are the multi-talented, multi-skilled tool we use to solve problems -- society's Swiss Army knife.
Gadget Freak Case #207: Android Breathalyzer in an Altoids Box
Gadget Freak 
3/2/2012  28 comments
Al Linke's tiny breathalyzer is stored in an Altoid's box and the results can be sent to his Android phone. The key component is the IOIO board, which enables the Android to receive data from eternal sensors.
Debate Continues as Ruling on Backup Cameras Postponed
Captain Hybrid 
3/2/2012  49 comments
The postponement of a rule on backup cameras in new vehicles did not stop the debate over the issue.
Tiny Robots Fly in Swarms
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2012  26 comments
Hand-sized quadrotor robot swarms can fly in formation, collectively navigate obstacles, and build structures.
Faulty Door Latch Frustrates Owner
Made by Monkeys 
3/1/2012  30 comments
The new storm door was great, but the latch needed help, over and over again.
SolidWorks Looks Beyond PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/1/2012  14 comments
Positioning 3D data as the universal language, Dassault/SolidWorks kicked off SolidWorks World 2012 with a vision for collaborative innovation.
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