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Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
Attack of the Tomato Engineers
Electronics News 
6/20/2016  2 comments
Teaming with chefs and farmers, engineers from Analog Devices are using an “Internet of Tomatoes” approach to improve the quality of tomato crops in New England.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
Blog 
6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
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?
Technology Helps Overcome Poor User Interfaces ... and Other Problems
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
Technology has enabled many improvements in recent years. Now, German design company CAD Schroer has eliminated some typical 3D design weaknesses with the introduction of its updated solution.
Data Shows that Patients Want Consumer-like Medical Wearables
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you want people to use at-home or wearable medical devices, make the products fun and attractive.
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
Blog 
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
Blog 
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.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
Engineering Materials 
6/14/2016  1 comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
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6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
Blog 
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.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Seeking the Big Data that Makes a Difference
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6/10/2016  Post a comment
Not all big data is useful. This panel of experts discusses how to determine what big data makes a difference.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
Blog 
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?
Blog 
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?
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.
This Cutting-Edge Telescope Is a Security Camera for the Planet
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6/7/2016  10 comments
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope at Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems is a ground-based telescope that will, once installed on a mountaintop in Chile, scan the sky, taking detailed photos with a 3,200-megapixel camera every 10 seconds, over a 10-year period.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
Blog 
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
Blog 
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?
Arrow and Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
Are Firmware Updates Cramping Your Design Cycle?
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Updating firmware in the field through a bootloader is usually one of the last activities or thoughts on any development teams mind. Yet, field updates to firmware is potentially one of the most important activities a team will undertake to ensure their product remains relevant, feature rich, and robust.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality: Part Two
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
The ability to perform OTA updates to ECUs within the vehicle is an essential feature. Given the wide range of different ECUs in the vehicle on many different types of networks there is no one update process which will work for all ECUs. Each individual ECU should be evaluated to decide which strategy will lead to the ideal balance between cost and vehicle downtime.
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.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
The Internet of Animals Is Here
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Americans spent more than $60B on their pets in 2015. Folks are definitely spending their money on more than dog food. We’re spending on things like dog spas and fancy toys, and as you can imagine, the wearables market is becoming well represented here.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  3 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
Collaboration Is Key to the Modern Design Process
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
Blog 
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.
Virtual Reality: The New Prototype Is Digital
Blog 
5/24/2016  3 comments
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
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.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM Increase Software Interoperability
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
Each Cyber Attack Has Its Own Cure
Blog 
5/23/2016  2 comments
Verizon's new cyber attack report outlines protection measures designed to the style of the attack.
Electric Cars Get Boost from New Test System
Electronics News 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
A new test system could have a profound effect on the thermal reliability of power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles.
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
Gadget Freak 
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.
Google Moves on AI Processors
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Google has developed its own accelerator chips for artificial intelligence it calls tensor processing units after the open source TensorFlow algorithms it released last year.
From Prototype to Cutting-Edge Consumer Design
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5/20/2016  Post a comment
Consumers expect their devices to do a lot more than simply work.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
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.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
How ‘One Thing’ Made National Instruments Into a Billion-Dollar Company
Electronics News 
5/18/2016  4 comments
Forty years after starting National Instruments Corp., co-founder James Truchard can trace the company’s vast success back to a single idea.
New Drawing App Costs Less Than a Latte
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has introduced a sketching tool with a pen-on-a-napkin feel.
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