Content posted in March 2013
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Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
3/29/2013  14 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass recently spent the day at the NY International Auto Show. Here's a sampling of what he saw.
Quantum Cryptography Secures the Electrical Grid
3/29/2013  13 comments
Los Alamos National Laboratory develops Quantum Cryptography methods to protect the electrical grid from unwanted observers.
What Can You Do With 1 Trillion Frames/s?
3/29/2013  10 comments
If you’re in the Boston area on April 10 or 11, plan to stop by the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to check out our Design & Manufacturing New England show.
National Additive Manufacturing Institute Funds First Projects
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2013  9 comments
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute has funded its first seven projects. They span a range of technologies and focus on fine-tuning existing AM processes for a variety of goals, including tooling, materials development, and composite production.
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Raspberry Pi-Powered Projector Tells You How Fast You’re Riding Your Bike
3/28/2013  16 comments
The Raspberry Pi-powered speedometer was designed by Matt Richardson for nighttime bike riding.
MPPE Insulation & the Incredible, Shrinking Medical Device
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2013  14 comments
As the demand for portable medical devices increases both in the home and in emerging markets abroad, design engineers find their solution for weight and space savings through innovative, recyclable MPPE insulation for wire and cable.
NASA Uses Video Processing to Study Hurricanes & Wildfires
3/27/2013  12 comments
Advanced video processing and networking deployed aboard NASA's Global Hawk as part of its Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel mission use a full motion video compression appliance to provide visual situational awareness of hurricanes and wildfires.
Cyberwarfare Rising as Governments Embrace the Digital Battlefield
3/27/2013  26 comments
Cyberwarfare is at an all time high and key players are considering cyber attacks as a formal declaration of war.
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
Gadget Freak 
3/26/2013  20 comments
Edward Nauman designed an ignition control unit for the Harley Davidson Panhead engine. The unit can be adapted to almost any four-cycle engine with the proper design and fabrication resources.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
3/26/2013  32 comments
The Ekso wearable robot applies torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints to help people move, powered by a computer worn by the patient in a backpack.
Taking Some of the Grit out of Manufacturing
Sponsored Blogs 
3/26/2013  7 comments
Technology can go a long way toward helping people at all levels in manufacturing, and this list of technologies and solutions can help the manufacturing industry.
Robotic Rat Used to Advance Depression Research
3/26/2013  11 comments
Scientists at Waseda University in Japan have created a robotic rat as part of their research into depression.
Slideshow: Engineering Apps You Need to Know About
3/25/2013  22 comments
There are plenty of engineering apps on the various markets, and industry standardizing corporations are getting into the game. It's time to become familiar.
Rich's Video Blog: Airplane Engine Difficulties & Cars From 3D Printers
3/25/2013  17 comments
Rich's recent flight showed that it's not just the Dreamliner that's having difficulties. And have you heard of the car that was manufactured with a 3D printer?
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Army Uses 3D-Printed Tentacles to Help Robots Manipulate Objects
3/25/2013  5 comments
Army researchers designed suction cups to be used on robots that can replace humans in perilous situations, such as during disaster-recovery efforts.
Design West: How to Fund Your Tech Startup With Kickstarter
3/25/2013  7 comments
Ever wonder how to get your project going through Kickstarter? Start here.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
3/22/2013  23 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Antenna Tower 4 Has No Base Current
Sherlock Ohms 
3/22/2013  19 comments
Engineering problems in the broadcast field can range from defective components, operator errors, snakes, or a combination of factors. Sometimes you need to call Sherlock in to solve the case.
Product Showcase: Recent Highlights
3/22/2013  3 comments
We’ve just posted some products in our showcase from HEIDENHAIN, Master Bond, and Tolomatic that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge
3/21/2013  33 comments
The stage has been set for a $2 million Department of Defense competition to develop a robot that could perform a number of physical tasks that might be required to respond to an emergency.
Video: DropTag Gives Packaging & Shipping Information in Real-Time
3/21/2013  27 comments
The DropTag from Cambridge Consultants comes with a smartphone app that gives uses the ability to monitor package health.
ConnectSmart App Monitors Solar Inverters
3/21/2013  6 comments
You can expect a continuing wave of mobile apps (like the Danfoss SolarApp) for monitoring all types of industrial equipment over the next couple of years.
Angular Velocity: Misunderstood & Misstated
Guest Blogs 
3/21/2013  1 comment
Kinematic analysis requires defined reference frames and precise notation.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronics News 
3/20/2013  49 comments
Boeing's insistence that its new 787 battery design eliminates the possibility of fire may pacify the average consumer, but it hasn't made engineers happy.
German Student Creates Device That Harvests Energy From Air
3/20/2013  84 comments
A German university student has designed an energy harvester that derives energy from electromagnetic fields in the air to recharge small batteries and appliances.
Slideshow: See the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment in Action
3/20/2013  20 comments
Joint Robotics Repair Detachment (JRRD) keeps the US military's robot armada up and running.
Time to Market: A Tale of 2 Products
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2013  10 comments
When getting into a new market, it is important to make the mistakes you are going to make while there is profit to pay for it and lower expectations on product performance.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
Electronics News 
3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a player’s dribbling.
Google Offers Sneak Peek at Your Available Spectrum
3/19/2013  12 comments
Google.org, the Internet mogul's charitable arm, is publicizing a Spectrum Database that can be used to monitor white space across the US.
Some Cool Happenings in Motors
3/19/2013  5 comments
The recent co-located Design and Manufacturing event held last month in Anaheim was an unveiling site for a few new motors, and they were pretty different from some of the products we’ve seen in the past.
Stringed Nano Beads Could Improve Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries
3/19/2013  16 comments
A team at the University of Maryland has created nanoscale beads of silicon that could extend the number of charging cycles lithium-ion batteries can go through by about 10 times the current design.
The Engineering Creativity Challenge
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2013  12 comments
Brainstorming an idea is a good approach, but it's often not the best. We need to focus our creative energies on the design challenge.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Automotive News 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
Engineering Plastics for Extreme Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/18/2013  4 comments
Quadrant's Jim Hebel clarifies a few points about the Dimensional Stability of Duratron PAI and the ability to hold tight tolerances on finished machined components.
Autodesk Updates Socialcam Mobile App
3/18/2013  15 comments
The latest update to the Socialcam mobile app puts Autodesk's award-winning visual expertise in the hands of the average consumer.
The Technology That Engineers Love Not Thinking About
Sponsored Blogs 
3/15/2013  3 comments
The next time you're churning through simulation models, manipulating 3D designs in real-time, or rendering a beautiful photo-realistic image, take a moment to think about all the work that goes on behind the scenes and be glad you don't have to worry about it.
3D-Printed Hybrid Car Drives Toward Mass Production
3/15/2013  17 comments
KOR EcoLogic has teamed with Stratasys's RedEye On Demand 3D printing business unit to fabricate a lightweight electric car, Urbee, that could take to the streets in about two years.
Don’t Risk Your Most Important Calculations to Spreadsheets
Guest Blogs 
3/15/2013  22 comments
Engineering calculation software can eliminate spreadsheet risks and provide key benefits to both the organization and the individual engineer.
Video: Open-Source Oximeter Prototype Is Bluetooth Connected
3/15/2013  8 comments
The SmartPulse prototype from SmartMaker is a Bluetooth-connected blood-oxygen sensor set to open-source the medical niche.
Cognitive Control in the Real World
3/15/2013  12 comments
Control systems have evolved over time from fixed value controllers to adaptive control systems.
Energy-Harvesting Soccer Ball Gets a Kickstart
3/14/2013  21 comments
Uncharted Play Inc. founders have developed a prototype soccer ball that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown.
How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
How Ethernet Is Expanding Its Role
3/14/2013  19 comments
Belden has tried to understand the role of mission-critical communications for manufacturing and has identified four themes that are driving the expansion of industrial networks.
Castigated Engineer Sees the Light
Sherlock Ohms 
3/14/2013  12 comments
A machine-tool builder sacrifices part quality in order to save a few bucks.
Rich’s Video Blog: Autodesk, the Oscars & The Big Bang Theory
3/13/2013  6 comments
Design News brand director Rich Nass geeks out about Autodesk, the Oscars, and his favorite television show.
Monkeying Around With the Mazda Saved Some Cash
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2013  44 comments
An automaker with a known problem commanded a premium price for replacement parts. One owner came up with his own cheap fix.
Slideshow: Y Combinator Hackathon's Prize-Winning Designs
3/13/2013  6 comments
Imagine sending an Instagram to your Internet toaster and printing it -- on whole wheat or white bread. Imagine creating your own vision for a variant of Google's Project Glass.
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
Gadget Freak 
3/12/2013  31 comments
Jeremy Willden created small mailboxes for his daughters' Valentine's Day cards. The boxes use a sensor to open automatically when someone walks by.
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