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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in April 2012
3D Printable Robots Get NSF Research Funding
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2012  25 comments
A new research program aims to let consumers produce their own customized robots with 3D printers and paper.
Short Circuit Stymies First Shift
Sherlock Ohms 
4/10/2012  12 comments
Sometimes finding the a short requires combing through dozens of wires, one by one by one.
Will STEM Support Stoke Tech Future?
STEM Connection 
4/5/2012  46 comments
Our LinkedIn Systems & Product Design Engineering group is considering government support for STEM education.
Femtosecond Camera Sees Around Corners
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2012  17 comments
A video camera system sees beyond the line of sight using a femtosecond laser that bounces light off of walls and floors.
Flexible Manufacturing Critical to US Innovation
Guest Blogs 
4/5/2012  12 comments
The US must continue to innovate to regain ground in sectors like manufacturing. But the formula for fostering innovation in several electronics sectors remains elusive.
Petroski on Engineering: Anticipating Failure for Successful Design
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2012  32 comments
Failures can provide lessons and wisdom in a newly proposed design, plan, or policy.
Case Study: Variable Frequency Drives Cut Energy Costs
Blog 
4/3/2012  5 comments
Increasing energy prices and energy supply concerns have placed pressure on TXI and other companies to reduce energy consumption.




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