Content posted in March 2013
National Additive Manufacturing Institute Funds First Projects
Engineering Materials 3/29/2013
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
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.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
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.
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 3/25/2013
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.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
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
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.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronics News 3/20/2013
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.
Time to Market: A Tale of 2 Products
Guest Blogs 3/20/2013
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.
Some Cool Happenings in Motors
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.
The Technology That Engineers Love Not Thinking About
Sponsored Blogs 3/15/2013
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.
How Ethernet Is Expanding Its Role
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.
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
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