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NASA and the Heart of Engineering
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
NASA has been at the heart of engineering since the Space Race, but with funding and political support waning, what will keep engineering’s blood flowing?
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
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6/15/2016  5 comments
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
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6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
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6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
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6/9/2016  2 comments
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
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6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Industrial Controllers Focus on Performance
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6/9/2016  Post a comment
Additional CPU power is being deployed to power high performance vision-guided motion, machine condition monitoring, and data-intensive edge computing applications.
Breaking New Ground in the Treatment & Prevention of Disease
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6/8/2016  1 comment
The development of nanotechnology for the treatment and prevention of disease has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years, with breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, and superbugs among some of the forefront of research.
Gaining Real-World Experience in Formula SAE Series Racing
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
Imagine an educational experience for budding engineers to leave textbooks and theory behind and actually design, build, and test real vehicles. Imagine those students’ racing their own vehicles in an intense and exciting competition against other university teams. Formula SAE Series Racing has been making this dream a reality for more than three decades.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
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6/7/2016  2 comments
The value of product data grows when it’s captured across the product’s life, from early design through manufacturing and onto its life with the end user. Along the way, outside data can be gathered from suppliers and distributors. The goal is to capture enough data to identify and correct problems at the earliest possible moment.
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
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6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
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6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
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6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Superconductors for Contactless Motion
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Using superconductors to implement high precision motion systems has interesting potential benefits for automation applications, providing a way to achieve contactless motion and eliminate inaccuracies introduced by friction, or guides and bearings in automation systems.
High Power Drives Are Getting Tiny
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
Whether it’s on the packaging line or in other areas of the factory floor, machine builders are seeking smaller from drives that deliver improved efficiency.
IoT Solves Track and Trace
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
IoT systems are helping auto OEMs track production as well as production problems.
This Drive Is Smart Enough to Fix Itself
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
This smart drive comes pre-connected to the IoT. It can tell you when it needs maintenance and how to do the support.
Soft Robotic Actuators Inspired by Human Muscle
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6/2/2016  1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed soft robotic actuators inspired by human muscle.
Are Engineers Taking Over the World?
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6/1/2016  4 comments
As more of our jobs, and our daily lives, succumb to automation, will it be engineers who end up in power?
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
10 Military Robots of the Future
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5/26/2016  1 comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Latest Whitepaper Puts a Lock on IoT Security
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5/26/2016  Post a comment
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
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5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
Augmented Reality Becomes the New Plant Instructor
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5/25/2016  Post a comment
DMDII is working with a number of partners to create and utilize augmented reality instructions for the plant floor.
Choosing the Best Incubator for your Startup
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Active 3D-Printed Materials Controlled by Light
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Each Cyber Attack Has Its Own Cure
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5/23/2016  2 comments
Verizon's new cyber attack report outlines protection measures designed to the style of the attack.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
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5/20/2016  10 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
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5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
UL Develops Cybersecurity Certification
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5/16/2016  Post a comment
UL's Cybersecurity Assurance Program aims to detect weaknesses, minimize exploitation, address known malware, review security controls, and increase security awareness.
Ford Wants Startups to Help It Create Connected Cars
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
To meet consumer demands around connected vehicles and IoT, automakers like Ford are turning to startups. But where should the focus lie for companies looking to work with the car giant?
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
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5/10/2016  4 comments
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
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5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
The World’s Most Dangerous Device Is …
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5/4/2016  32 comments
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
Seeking Global Consensus on IIoT Standards
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5/4/2016  Post a comment
There is a new cooperation between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 to explore the potential alignment of their two architecture efforts: the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA).
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
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5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
The Pros & Cons of Drive-Train Tech
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
This charts show the pros and cons of five drive-train technologies.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
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4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Biobots Powered by Muscle Cells See, Follow Light
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
A biobot developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has an infrastructure of human muscle cells that can sense and follow light.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
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4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
Robotic Spacecraft Will Service Local Satellites & Build Remote Ones
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2016  Post a comment
NASA is getting closer to a long-held dream: using robots to refuel and service GEO satellites in space, plus enable deep space exploration.
IoT Security Top of Mind at ESC
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
IoT security was a concerned voiced frequently at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week.
Manufacturing Is More Vulnerable to Cyber Attack as IoT Proliferates
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4/12/2016  1 comment
The GMSA in Europe has release cybersecurity guidelines to help protect manufacturing from attack.
Google's AI Beat a Go Champion by Mimicking Human Intuition
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4/6/2016  Post a comment
Google's AlphaGo has bested Korean champion Lee Sedol. But can the new AI technology find a role outside of playing games?
IPC to Develop New Shop Floor Communication Standard
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4/5/2016  2 comments
IPC seeks to replace IPC-2541 with a broader standard for connecting shop-floor equipment.
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