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Content posted in July 2012
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3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 
7/31/2012  8 comments
A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Autodesk Snaps Social Video Into Picture
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2012  15 comments
Reasoning that video has a key role to play in design collaboration, Autodesk is acquiring Socialcam, a mobile app and Web-based video capture, edit, and sharing service.
Robot Servo Errors Were Only Human
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2012  14 comments
Many things can go wrong with the robot welders, but all of those problems come from the humans.
My Wine Fridge Ate Its Fuse
Made by Monkeys 
7/30/2012  13 comments
The wine cooler looked great, but it wouldn't work. The fuse just wasn't up to its task.
Cars Could Lose Weight With Green Cavity Foam
Engineering Materials 
7/30/2012  18 comments
A renewable version of Dow Automotive Systems' polyurethane cavity sealing Betafoam system will help cars cut weight and noise.
ANSYS, Intel Strive for High-Fidelity Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/30/2012  2 comments
A partnership is fine-tuning ANSYS CAE software for multicore architectures, allowing engineers to conduct larger, more detailed, and more accurate simulations.
Gadget Freak Case #221: Smart Toolbox Finds the Right Tool
Gadget Freak 
7/27/2012  29 comments
A team of student engineers at Colorado State University have designed a five-drawer toolbox that can locate tools and open the drawer when they are found.
Video: Maintenance Robots Climb Wind Towers
Blog 
7/27/2012  23 comments
Two different remote-controlled climbing robots have been developed to make wind tower maintenance easier, cheaper, and safer.
Sunglass API Fuels CAD Connections
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/27/2012  Post a comment
With the formal release of the Sunglass API, Sunglass is courting developers to build add-ons for its cloud-based collaboration platform, along with fostering direct integration to popular 3D design tools.
Oversampling Reduces Quantization Errors
Mechatronics Zone 
7/27/2012  18 comments
No matter how many bits an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) provides, the digital output can only approximate the original signal.
Aircraft Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2012  16 comments
Engineers have a broader choice of metals and plastics to help lighten the load and beef up the strength of commercial aircraft designs.
Inaccurate Measurements Skew Data
Sherlock Ohms 
7/26/2012  13 comments
You can't overlook the obvious when testing cable, and don't assume you have the correct data.
Dassault Strengthens Interoperability Bridge Between V5 & V6
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2012  2 comments
In its latest V5 to V5-6R2012 release, Dassault delivers a host of features promoting co-existence and collaboration between past and existing CAD/PLM platforms.
Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer
Blog 
7/25/2012  4 comments
UBM TechInsights presents a free Webinar that shows how it uncovers the secrets within semiconductors and other integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
Video: Swarming Robots Dazzle Cannes
Blog 
7/25/2012  10 comments
Flying in swarms and equipped with mirrors, 16 of the University of Pennsylvania's tiny flying quadrotor robots dazzled the audience at Cannes by manipulating sound and light and dancing to music.
Renault Fast Tracks CAD Interoperability
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2012  4 comments
Using Elysium interoperability software, Renault Sport F1 created a supplier portal that automates multi-CAD file exchange, facilitating collaboration across a global supply chain.
You Asked & We Delivered: an iPad App
Blog 
7/24/2012  4 comments
Readers have been asking us for some time now to produce an iPad app for Design News, and now that the app is available.
Video: 3D-Printed Furniture Is 'Endless'
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/24/2012  15 comments
As technology innovations and price reductions advance the 3D printing cause, novel applications are springing up, including custom furniture and prescription drugs.
9 Things Engineers Need to Know About Embedded Development
Electronic News & Comment 
7/24/2012  18 comments
We've collected the recommendations of consultants and vendors who know some of the pitfalls and can offer strategies for avoiding them.
Crack Fix for Pesky Oven Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
7/24/2012  26 comments
The bulbs on this otherwise great dual cooker caused quite a problem when they needed to be changed.
Engineering Education Upheaval
Guest Blogs 
7/24/2012  9 comments
Information is a commodity -- balancing and integrating information is not.
Robot Pebbles Duplicate 3D Shapes
Blog 
7/24/2012  7 comments
Tiny robotic cubes self-assemble to duplicate an object placed in a heap of them.
Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day
Blog 
7/23/2012  24 comments
Like many robots deployed in military applications, robots used for post-disaster search-and-rescue missions will go places humans can't.
Engineering Tools Take to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/23/2012  8 comments
While engineers have been slow to adopt the cloud-based delivery model, a slew of new on-demand tools are promising to alter product design processes and promote a new level of cross-company collaboration.
Design Decisions: Quick Coupler Factors
Guest Blogs 
7/23/2012  7 comments
To choose the right connector for the job, it is essential to understand how the environment can affect them.
The Turn Signal Wouldn’t Turn Off
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2012  9 comments
The turn signal on the RV trailer wouldn't turn off. Something in the wiring was messed up.
Gadget Freak Case #220: Power Lock With a Secret Code
Gadget Freak 
7/20/2012  17 comments
To keep curious kids from playing with his workbench tools, William Grill created a lock that requires a secret code before power can go to the plug.
Plastics Deliver Massive Weight Savings for UPS
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2012  33 comments
After a year-long pilot program, UPS plans to shift to composites and other plastics for many of the structural components in its brown delivery trucks.
Mentor Graphics Bridges 1D With 3D CFD Analysis
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/20/2012  4 comments
As part of its push for upfront CFD analysis, Mentor Graphics has tightly coupled its system-level 1D Flowmaster tool with its FlowEFD 3D CFD analysis offering, letting engineers leverage the best of both platforms.
It May Look Like 'Electronics for Dummies,' but It's Not
Blog 
7/19/2012  13 comments
Check out our Continuing Education Center course, "Introduction to Electronics." We can almost guarantee you’ll learn something.
Tesla's CEO: 'Half of Cars Will Be Electric in 15 Years'
Captain Hybrid 
7/19/2012  81 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects half of cars to be electric in 15 years, despite the long odds against it.
Loose Screw Sends Power Wagon Racing
Made by Monkeys 
7/19/2012  24 comments
One loose screw and the power wagon has a mind of its own, accelerating by itself.
My Opinion on Multidisciplinary Design
Blog 
7/19/2012  11 comments
Designers of various applications are all converging and operating on a project simultaneously, but what is the next phase?
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2012  9 comments
Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
MathWorks Fleshes Out Its Code Story
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/19/2012  5 comments
Citing automatic code generation as a way to help customers accelerate time to market, MathWorks augmented MATLAB with functionality for generating HDL code for ASIC and FPGA design.
Robot-Guided Brain Surgery Performed at German Hospital
Blog 
7/18/2012  21 comments
The first robot-guided brain surgery has been performed at HSK Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany using Mazor Robotics' Renaissance robotic spine surgery system.
Engineers: Have You Ever Burned Off Your Fingertip?
Blog 
7/18/2012  25 comments
We want to hear about your engineering disasters. After all, what good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
Sustainability Makes for Good Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/18/2012  15 comments
Compliance directives and user demand for greener products are upping the ante, and new capabilities in CAD and PLM tools are helping engineers embrace the practices as just another element of effective design.
The Satellite Station Had a Screw Loose
Sherlock Ohms 
7/18/2012  10 comments
One missing gasket can make the difference between success and failure for a satellite earth station.
How Would You Cope With High Gas Prices?
Captain Hybrid 
7/17/2012  95 comments
Imagine if gas prices shot up to $5, $6, or even $7 a gallon. How would you respond? Would you buy a hybrid? An electric car?
Video: 3D Printer Cooks Up Blood Vessels
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/17/2012  9 comments
A bioengineering team from the University of Pennsylvania has put the RepRap open-source 3D printer to work, making templates of blood vessel networks out of sugar as part of its work in regenerative medicine.
Can Pneumatics Play a Bigger Role in Mechatronics Designs?
Mechatronics Zone 
7/17/2012  26 comments
It might seem like it's anyone's guess where engineers pick up the knowledge to apply pneumatics, but these links can help.
DuPont Invests in Juno Spacecraft Composite Company
Engineering Materials 
7/17/2012  3 comments
DuPont has invested in a company that makes a carbon nanotube-based composite ESD protection material flying to Jupiter on the Juno spacecraft.
Slideshow: Medical Apps Prescribed a Healthy Dose of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/16/2012  12 comments
3D printing technology is transforming the medical and dental sector, facilitating a new level of customization for devices and prosthetics while fostering precision and bringing down costs.
Modem Nearly Trashed Over Forgotten Password
Made by Monkeys 
7/16/2012  21 comments
To fix the modem, you needed a password. If you couldn't remember the password, you were told you had to replace the unit.
Solar Cells Printed on Aluminum Foil Cost Less
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2012  17 comments
Nanosolar's thin-film solar technology, which prints metallic, nanoparticle inks on huge rolls of aluminum foil, promises to be more efficient and cost less than alternate thin-film methods.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 
7/13/2012  15 comments
An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
Want to Make a Cool $500?
Gadget Freak 
7/13/2012  8 comments
Does your homebrew design have what it takes to be featured in the Design News Gadget Freak forum?
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2012  15 comments
New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots
Blog 
7/12/2012  23 comments
The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.
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