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Content posted in June 2013
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Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
Blog 
6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
Blog 
6/28/2013  31 comments
A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
Blog 
6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
The Microwave Door Refused to Open
Made by Monkeys 
6/27/2013  85 comments
The material to support the microwave's latch was not sufficient. Consequently, the latch failed.
DuPont Lightens Up
Engineering Materials 
6/27/2013  30 comments
DuPont has been working with auto manufacturers to refine some of its high-performance engineering plastics, and even invent new ones. It's all being done in the name of lightweighting vehicles and improving performance.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Sensor Detects Diabetes by Breath
Blog 
6/26/2013  28 comments
A new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh can tell someone if they have diabetes via a breathalyzer test.
MEMS Facility Is Open to All
Blog 
6/26/2013  6 comments
The Richard Desich SMART Center for Commercialization of Microsystems gives anyone the ability to use a professional level MEMS laboratory and manufacturing equipment for extremely low fees.
Metals 3D Printer Gets a Smaller Footprint
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2013  42 comments
Optomec has downsized its highly sophisticated 3D printing process for metals and made it available in a smaller machine -- the new 450.
Clothespin Pulls Double Duty as Alligator Clip
Sherlock Ohms 
6/25/2013  18 comments
When it comes to sophisticated test equipment, sometimes a clothespin can take you to a new level of accuracy and usefulness.
Outsourcing Booms in Medical Manufacturing
Blog 
6/25/2013  27 comments
Because of its highly complex nature, manufacturing in medical devices has not seen a lot of outsourcing. That is changing significantly.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  70 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
Graphene Nanotubes: The Latest Advancement in Li-ion Batteries
Blog 
6/24/2013  13 comments
A research team at Rice University has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide.
Helicopter Powertrain Testing Beyond 90 Degrees
Guest Blogs 
6/24/2013  5 comments
Long a staple in the automotive world, multi-platform powertrain testing has been a persistent challenge for helicopter dynamic components.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2013  16 comments
UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Can’t Get a Good Fix on the Dryer
Made by Monkeys 
6/20/2013  21 comments
If the dryer weren't so poorly designed, it would be easier to fix the design problems.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
Blog 
6/19/2013  9 comments
Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
Don’t Knock the LED Candle Over
Made by Monkeys 
6/19/2013  30 comments
When an artificial product is manufactured to match its real-world version, some qualities should be reviewed and discarded.
Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2013  20 comments
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call for Assistance
Gadget Freak 
6/18/2013  26 comments
Andrew Morris designed a circuit that could detect a stroke victim's groan and convert the sound into a signal so caregivers would know when help was needed.
Disc Magnet Motors Hit Sweet Spot
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
New disc magnet motors fit into the design trend of stepping up to closed loop performance while maintaining the cost advantage of stepper motor technology.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
NASA's 'PhoneSat' Program Points to Satellites of the Future
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2013  22 comments
On April 21, NASA launched a novel project, putting into orbit three satellites that employ an off-the-shelf commercial smartphone as the control system.
Design News Radio: Smart Machines Make the Grade for Control Applications
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
Design News's latest radio show explores the benefits – and tradeoffs – of smart machines.
Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion in Tests
Blog 
6/17/2013  44 comments
A new battery design, which replaces lithium with abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur, is still in its nascent stages but shows real promise for giving batteries more energy potential.
Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Blog 
6/17/2013  14 comments
The push to achieving more intelligent, integrated manufacturing is putting a strong focus on networking and connectivity as key enabling technologies.
Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers Coming to a Car Near You
Blog 
6/14/2013  48 comments
Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
Sparks Fly Over Bad Oven Design
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2013  30 comments
The schematic told the truth about a bad over wiring design.
Slideshow: The Evolution of CAD 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/13/2013  16 comments
CAD tools, the software and hardware that has built our modern world, are evolving.
Bulging Capacitors & Thoughtless Design
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2013  23 comments
A failed capacitor is one thing, but finding out it failed because of thoughtless design requires the investigative powers of Sherlock Ohms.
100-Percent Solar Plane Flies High on Advanced Materials
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2013  18 comments
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
Culture Changes Drive Auto Design
Blog 
6/13/2013  30 comments
Siemens PLM has pointed to climate change, urbanization, and the aging population as its guidelines in automotive design decisions.
EU Aims to Lead in Power Electronics
Guest Blogs 
6/13/2013  7 comments
The Last Power project aims to make the EU independent from other developed countries on wide band-gap semiconductors.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 
6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Two Approaches to IoT
Blog 
6/12/2013  9 comments
The Internet of Things revolution is real and it’s here -- just ask Intel and Freescale.
The Range Had a Shocking Design Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
6/12/2013  52 comments
The brand new range came with a design flaw that delivered a nearly 100 percent chance of failure.
Protecting Legacy Endpoint Devices With Secure Enclaves
Guest Blogs 
6/12/2013  2 comments
The legacy endpoint devices that control our critical infrastructure (utility systems, water treatment plants, military networks, industrial control systems, etc.) are some of the most vulnerable devices on the Internet.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 
6/11/2013  41 comments
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2013  12 comments
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
Welcome to the Private Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/11/2013  8 comments
Connected Data releases the Transporter V2.0 and merges with rival company, Drobo.
Switched-Capacitor Filters: An Introduction
Guest Blogs 
6/11/2013  4 comments
In a switched-capacitor filter, capacitors and switches take the place of resistors and accurately reproduce the characteristics of continuous-time Bessel, Butterworth, and elliptical filters.
2 Strikes & the Dishwasher’s Not Out
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2013  16 comments
There are two dumb design mistakes associated with this dishwasher, and yet it still works fine.
Video: Students Develop Tornado-Seeking Drones
Blog 
6/10/2013  27 comments
An unmanned aerial vehicle under development at Oklahoma State University can penetrate severe thunderstorms, including the supercells from which tornadoes can develop.
To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 
6/10/2013  25 comments
A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
Managing Complexity & Reducing Risk
Guest Blogs 
6/10/2013  3 comments
How should engineers respond to high-risk technologies?
Feds: Autonomous Cars Not Ready for Prime Time
Electronic News & Comment 
6/7/2013  30 comments
In response to rising interest in autonomous vehicles, the federal government has called upon states not to authorize operation of self-driving cars, except for the purpose of testing.
Ultracapacitors, Batteries Join Forces for Fuel Efficiency
Guest Blogs 
6/7/2013  12 comments
One option to increase vehicle fuel efficiency is to make battery systems more efficient.
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