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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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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
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?
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.
Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
7/3/2015  1 comment
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
7/3/2015  2 comments
Tune in to the Continuing Education Center next week for a comprehensive course in using the Raspberry Pi development platform.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
7/2/2015  9 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
7/2/2015  13 comments
It seems that in the embedded world hardware design has been much easier than software design for many years.
3 Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
7/2/2015  Post a comment
The momentum behind embedded intelligent connectivity continues to increase at a phenomenal rate as a result of the Internet of Things.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
Quantum Entanglement & Other Technologies that Should Be On Your Radar
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
6/30/2015  3 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Open-Source Code Can Be More Dangerous Than Useful
6/30/2015  8 comments
Software developers beware: Your open-source components may not be secure.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
6/26/2015  18 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
6/25/2015  3 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
Video: Eurotech's Mirror Is Smarter Than Your Mirror
Electronics News 
6/23/2015  2 comments
Hilary Tomasson of Eurotech Inc., explains how the company’s network gateway can be applied to a smart mirror that displays personal calendars, weather information, new feeds, or other information.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
6/22/2015  3 comments
In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Safety Certification for 3DP Filament Emissions -- By a Startup
Engineering Materials 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
A new program has been proposed for testing and certify 3D printing filaments for emissions safety. To engineers who've used 3D printers at home this is a no-brainer. It's from a consumer on Kickstarter, and targets use in homes and schools.
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