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Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
Blog 
8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
Blog 
8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
Engineering Materials 
8/21/2015  2 comments
3D Printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
Design Engineers Are Realizing the Advantages of Big Data
Electronics News 
8/21/2015  1 comment
Led by advances in connectivity, big manufacturers are beginning to capitalize on the advantages of Big Data.
For Apple, watchOS 2 Is Go-Time for Apple Watch
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
Apple's watchOS 2 promises new features for users and new freedom for app developers.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
Blog 
8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
Blog 
8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
Blog 
8/14/2015  1 comment
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
Blog 
8/13/2015  2 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Wearality Sky Is Bringing Virtual Reality Mainstream
Blog 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
The Wearality Sky is looking to bring immersive, affordable VR to smartphone users with its 3D-printed glasses.
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
Blog 
8/11/2015  1 comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
MakerBot Expands With Bigger NYC Factory
Blog 
8/10/2015  Post a comment
MakerBot has expanded its footprint with a new factory in Industry City, Brooklyn, that will allow the company to grow its desktop 3D printing business.
How Would You Design the World’s First Smart Umbrella?
Blog 
8/6/2015  6 comments
Haz is a “smart” umbrella that leverages technology to solve some common woes of the parasol. But we'd like to know how you would improve upon it.
Hardware, Sadly, May Be Easier than Software
Blog 
8/4/2015  2 comments
If hardware and software development were judged by the level of symbolic logic manipulation, hardware would prove to be simpler. Can the argument hold up?
Suppliers Are Joining the Design Team
Blog 
8/3/2015  2 comments
Manufacturers are speeding design by including their suppliers in the process – and it’s not just automotive and aerospace.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
Blog 
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
Blog 
7/30/2015  Post a comment
With the pace of new editions and iterations, designers can fall behind quickly on software knowledge and skills. That's where JIT software training comes in.
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 
7/25/2015  1 comment
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
Engineering Materials 
7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
Breaking the Car Audio Cost-Performance Barrier with ARM Cores
Blog 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
ARM cores are widely used in mobile devices, and as they become available in other microcontrollers, they are going to change the cost-benefit equation for markets like automotive. MCUs with DSP capabilities can make car audio more tuneful.
RaspiRobot Board Rapidly Builds Robots and Visual Displays
Blog 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
The RaspiRobot Board was designed and developed to alleviate the task of building a specialized Raspberry Pi controller for robotics and visual display applications. We test it out.
Why Hardware Is, Indeed, Easier Than Software
Blog 
7/22/2015  6 comments
If you examine the complexity of the design methodology, there's still an important argument for hardware being easier than software.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
Survey Reveals Trends, Concerns for Embedded Development Engineers
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
The study, conducted by Design News' parent company, shows that there are changes afoot in such things as processor size, operating system choices, and developer concerns as embedded development evolves.
The ProtoCycler Recycles Your 3D-Printed Prototypes
Blog 
7/17/2015  1 comment
The ProtoCycler turns old plastic parts, including old 3D-printed prototypes, into reusable 3D printing filament.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Could Spawn a New Era of Design Solutions
Blog 
7/16/2015  1 comment
Some say there is a substantial gap between the CAD tools widely used by designers today and the next-generation tools that designers would need to maximize multimaterial 3D printing. But artificial intelligence in software may take care of that.
Vote in LUXeXceL's 2015 Innovative Application Student Award Contest & Win a Sample Kit
STEM Connection 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Vote for your favorite student design using LUXeXceL's 3D-printed optical technology and you might also win a sample kit.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 
7/15/2015  7 comments
Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
Blog 
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Moving Beyond Step Counting: the Versatility of the Accelerometer
Blog 
7/15/2015  1 comment
In the wearable space, accelerometer data is being used for more than just steps, helping with strength training, posture, and even allowing users to control the connected world.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
The Success of Wireless Health Begins with Engineers
Guest Blogs 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
The continued growth of wireless health is a near-certainty. And engineers will be the key to developing and advancing technology solutions.
Processing Power, Programming Ease Keep DSPs Rolling Along
Guest Blogs 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
Digital signal processors have become a mainstay in the electronics industry. Their strengths of low power, powerful processing, and small size play to the needs of not just today’s systems but also those new and exciting applications that are just now coming into view.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing Winners of the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
Winners of the ET Foundation's annual 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition came from students in industrial design, engineering and related fields, and met all four basic design criteria: creativity, practicality, process improvement, and market potential.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
Blog 
7/10/2015  6 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
Blog 
7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
9 New 3D Printing Materials for Use in Space and on Earth
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2015  4 comments
These nine new materials are further diversifying 3D printing for use even beyond our planet.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
Blog 
7/9/2015  5 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
Blog 
7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
5 Tips for Remotely Updating an Embedded System
Guest Blogs 
7/6/2015  Post a comment
Today, no matter where in the world the device is located, it can call home and ask for the latest-and-greatest firmware with bug fixes and feature updates.
Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
Blog 
7/6/2015  8 comments
Google has created an experimental wearable aimed at giving medical researchers and physicians access to persistent, and real-time patient data, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Is Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing Foreshadowing Another Paradigm Shift?
Blog 
7/3/2015  3 comments
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
A History of Firmware and Its Silent Revolution Today
Guest Blogs 
7/3/2015  4 comments
A decade from now, firmware development may be nothing more than software integration, grabbing vendor and third-party components, and meshing their APIs together to form a final system.
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