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Content posted in July 2013
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Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
Blog 
7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Automotive News 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Slideshow: Plastic Can Protect Astronauts
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2013  26 comments
A thermoplastic material invented to simulate human tissue may be powerful enough to shield astronauts against radiation in space, which is no mean feat.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
Blog 
7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
Blog 
7/16/2013  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Sydney are giving the booming Australian agricultural industry some help with its search for cheap labor -- two robots called Mantis and Shrimp that help monitor crops and provide valuable information to farmers.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Automotive News 
7/15/2013  28 comments
The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Learn 3D Printing Technology at a College Near You
Blog 
7/15/2013  12 comments
NYU now offers a course on 3D printing, which results in students receiving a certificate.
Books Come to Life With Disney's 'HideOut'
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/15/2013  7 comments
Disney research is using an advance augmented reality projection and detection system to create what is to become the norm in interactivity.
Floating Wind Turbine Harvests Energy From Ocean Currents
Blog 
7/15/2013  9 comments
SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy.
2 New Nuclear Reactors Scheduled to Come Online in 2016
Blog 
7/15/2013  30 comments
The US recently approved new reactors that will be built at the Vogtle nuclear plant site using Westinghouse’s AP1000 passively cooled reactor design.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
Blog 
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
GapSense Allows Communication Between WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/12/2013  4 comments
GapSense, a wireless network management software, will alleviate airway traffic jams caused by multiple-protocol devices operating in the same vicinity.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
FPGAs Use Flash Memory to Enhance Performance
Blog 
7/11/2013  14 comments
Microsemi's Igloo2 is aimed at industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications, and security applications.
Researchers Extract Plant Material for Use in Solar-Energy Harvesting
Blog 
7/11/2013  16 comments
University of Georgia researchers have developed a way to interrupt plant photosynthesis so material from them can be used to harvest solar energy.
Mechatronics Soars in Aerospace & Defense
Blog 
7/11/2013  4 comments
This Design News webinar will explore the use of mechatronics in the aerospace and defense industries.
US Military Academies Ramp Up Training for Future Cyber Warriors
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/11/2013  3 comments
One of the hottest new jobs to be offered within the next decade by military recruiters will be rooted in cyber warfare.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Automotive News 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
Your Aluminum Extrusion Questions Answered
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2013  3 comments
During the successful AEC webinar, "It’s About the SHAPE: Designing with Aluminum Extrusions," hosted by Design News, there were a number of great questions that we didn’t have time to answer.
Video: Wood Fiber Used to Create Organic Nanobattery
Blog 
7/10/2013  9 comments
The National Science Foundation is supporting the work of University of Maryland grad students to develop a sodium-ion battery that uses wood as its base and whose components are thinner than a piece of paper.
Army Robots Carry Their Weight
Blog 
7/10/2013  22 comments
The US Army is developing robots to help soldiers in the field.
Dipstick Messes With the Distributor
Made by Monkeys 
7/10/2013  32 comments
With the dipstick out of place, the car was performing in a very odd manner.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Running the Robot to Ruin
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2013  22 comments
When the robot's speed was increased to improve production, it was set on a collision course for disaster.
Thermal Energy-Harvesting Research Gets $1.5M Boost
Blog 
7/9/2013  8 comments
UK Researcher Neil Fox, a senior lecturer in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to pursue his thermal-energy harvesting work.
Linear Transport System Offers Mechatronic Flexibility
Blog 
7/9/2013  3 comments
A new linear transport system from Beckhoff Automation is combining linear motion sections with built-in motion networking, control software, and the ability to use PC-based control.
Algae-Based Biofuel Goes Commercial-Scale
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2013  8 comments
In a major move forward for algae-based biofuel, US feedstock producer Cellana has inked a multi-year deal for commercial-scale quantities with Finnish company Neste Oil, one of the world's biggest renewable diesel producers.
Slideshow: Welcome to the Brilliant Plant
Blog 
7/8/2013  27 comments
The new plant is clean, quiet, and requires less space. It also takes some of the pressure off the control engineer.
Designing for Manufacturability Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2013  8 comments
Simulation technology has been used for many years to gain insight in complex problems and to manage risk. But only now is the technology ready to assist in the early design stages.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
Design Decisions: Maximizing HVAC/R Relationships
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2013  7 comments
HVAC/R equipment manufacturers can help optimize operations and lower costs.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
Energy, Effort & Flow
Guest Blogs 
7/4/2013  2 comments
Systems are energy manipulators, and response results from energy transactions.
NASA Builds 3D Printer for Space
Engineering Materials 
7/3/2013  30 comments
After nearly two years of R&D and testing several different commercial 3D printers in zero gravity, NASA has partnered with Made in Space to develop a 3D printer.
Leaking Gas Fueled the Car
Made by Monkeys 
7/3/2013  40 comments
When the fuel line started to leak, the leaking fuel kept the car running.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Automotive News 
7/2/2013  51 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles.
Building Out the Internet of Things With Printed Electronic Smart Labels
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  16 comments
Printed Smart Labels of various sorts can be envisioned for a wide range of products and use cases that weren't feasible before.
NASA Interview With Terry Fong: Intelligent Robotics Group
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  3 comments
So, we found out recently that "number 5 IS alive," except in the new millennium, it's K10!
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: It’s a Good Thing
Blog 
7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronics News 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2013  19 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.
Design News Radio: Get High-Quality Injection-Molded Parts Faster
Blog 
7/1/2013  9 comments
Plastic injection-molded parts can be designed by following some basic rules. It's also possible to get the parts you want in less time than you expected. A lot depends on the process you choose.
Switched-Capacitor Filter Tests
Mechatronics Zone 
7/1/2013  5 comments
Switched-capacitor filters have a few disadvantages. They exhibit greater sensitivity to noise than their op-amp-based filter siblings, and they have low-amplitude clock-signal artifacts -- clock feedthrough -- on their outputs.
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