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.
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.
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.
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.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
Blog 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.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 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.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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