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The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
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9/28/2016  Post a comment
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2016  4 comments
Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
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9/22/2016  1 comment
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
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9/21/2016  2 comments
According to Cambium Networks, the top choice of help during a widespread emergency is the Internet.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
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9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
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9/19/2016  3 comments
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
New Automation Technology Requires New ROI Calculations
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9/16/2016  Post a comment
A new study from MAPI suggests that automation technology can change production so significantly, it requires a new ROI calculation.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
Smart Technology Is Replacing the Knowledgeable Baby Boomer
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9/14/2016  7 comments
Advanced manufacturing equipment now provides a level of plant understanding that goes beyond the knowledge of experienced automation engineers.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
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9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
'Sewbo' Robot System Automates Fabric Sewing in 3D
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9/13/2016  Post a comment
An industrial robot arm works with a sewing machine to construct an entire garment, not previously possible because of the inability of most robotic arms to handle limp, flexible fabrics.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
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9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
When Manufacturing Becomes a Video Game
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9/9/2016  1 comment
Advances in manufacturing are pushing the plant toward a fully digital operation with flexibility, speed, and efficiency.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
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9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Which Will Capture the Market First -- Autonomous Cars or Electrics?
Automotive News 
9/7/2016  13 comments
Self-driving vehicles, considered little more than a science fiction project a decade ago, are quickly gaining on electric cars as the auto industry’s technology of the future.
The 'SAW' Robot Uses One Motor to Crawl, Climb, and Swim
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9/6/2016  1 comment
The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) is the first to produce a continuously advancing sine wave with a single motor for locomotion. It can crawl both forward and backward, climb, and swim over long distances.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response
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9/1/2016  Post a comment
Alan Grau of Icon Labs analyzes new cyber threats and emerging protection strategies.
‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
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8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
The Shop Floor Slowly Adopts Mobile Technology
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
Mobile technology is slowly gaining ground on the plant floor, even with indications of high ROI.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
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8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant
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8/26/2016  Post a comment
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
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8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Packaging Gets All Dressed Up for Advanced Manufacturing
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8/24/2016  Post a comment
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
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8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
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8/22/2016  24 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
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8/19/2016  3 comments
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
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8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
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8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
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8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
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8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
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8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
Uberize Your Remote Equipment
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8/10/2016  Post a comment
You can leverage remote connectivity to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve performance.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
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8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
PackSpec 2.0 Creates Templates for Packaging Machinery Specifications
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8/9/2016  Post a comment
The PackSpec initiative has been a multi-year effort but now there is mounting support to move beyond the written standards put forward in the first version of PackSpec to standard documents that can streamline and strengthen the creation of packaging machinery specifications used to bid new systems.
Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
'Slugbot' Is Frankensteined From Slug Parts and 3D-Printed Body
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8/5/2016  1 comment
We haven't seen many robots that emulate Frankenstein's monster by combining organic animal parts with mechanical components, until now. Meet "Slugbot."
X20 I/O Implements OPC UA Pub/Sub
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
A new X20 I/O system bus controller from B&R Industrial Automation makes it possible to implement OPC UA communication from sensors to the ERP layer without using any interfaces, or a connected PLC.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
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8/2/2016  3 comments
For years, energy usage was not even a major design priority for machinery and equipment suppliers but, with rising costs and concerns, it suddenly became a hot engineering topic.
Startup Otto Demos the Feasibility of Self-Driving Trucks
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7/29/2016  28 comments
A San Francisco startup called Otto came out of stealth mode recently and released a dramatic video demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving trucks.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
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7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Loss and Success: One Engineer’s Story
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7/26/2016  2 comments
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
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7/21/2016  17 comments
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  1 comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
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7/20/2016  4 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  1 comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
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