Content posted in August 2013
From Napkin to Production
Guest Blogs 8/30/2013
After a night out with the guys, burning through five bar-napkin sketches, the perfect product idea is born. Or is it? How do you determine if your idea is worthwhile and worth pursing?
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 8/29/2013
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
Jobs Was a Genius; the Movie Not So Much
The movie's producers tried to sum up Jobs's entire professional career in two hours, too many significant parts were left out, and the movie did not accurately show the genius that Jobs was.
Designing Secure Machine Control Networks
Industrial network security has become a hot topic in the wake of the Stuxnet virus and concerns about all types of Internet site attacks that could cause major damage to industrial machinery.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 8/26/2013
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel
Electronics News 8/23/2013
When NASA Ames runs its massive wind tunnels, the surrounding area knows it. Local aircraft are warned of potential updrafts. Electric utilities brace for sudden power draws. And nearby residents are said to hear its 300-knot airflows from miles away.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 8/22/2013
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Choosing the Right Pressure Gauge
Guest Blogs 8/22/2013
Used since 1849, pressure gauges have had many applications, from depth to altitude measuring. Classified in different types, they show the increase and reduction of pressure in different fields. Here are some of the gauges used today.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
Molecular Robots Could Help Medications Target Specific Cells
What if medications could specifically target only the areas inside the body that need repair? That is the promise of molecular nanorobots developed at Columbia University that can zero in on specific human cells and either provide medication or destroy them depending on the appropriate action.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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