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Mobile Apps Speed Up Production
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2014  4 comments
A Detroit automaker was struggling with a semi-manual, labor-intensive parts receiving process. Workers had enter parts into a spreadsheet manually at a stationary workstation. This stopped the receiving process dead in its tracks. A better system was needed.
Video: Bake-Your-Own Robots
Blog 
6/5/2014  11 comments
Researchers out of MIT have come up with a way to create robots that self-assemble when heated.
3D Print Plastic & Electronics in One Pass
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2014  4 comments
Stanford University grad students have developed open-source technology that 3D prints conductive traces and plastic in one pass. Their startup is selling a liquid syringe extruder that plugs into a filament fusion printer, a plug-in replacement dual extruder, and a dual-extrusion 3D printer.
20 Celebrities Who Are Also STEM Stars
STEM Connection 
6/4/2014  10 comments
Here are 20 celebrities from acting, music, and comedy who also happen to hold technical degrees.
Device Detects Hot Dogs
Blog 
6/3/2014  8 comments
Japanese firm Petline has created a way to monitor dog health in the heat of summer.
Quick-Learn on Arduino Basics
Blog 
6/3/2014  7 comments
Here's a five-part class on Arduino basics from the Design News Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
Lockheed & RedEye Team to 3D-Print Rocket Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
6/2/2014  21 comments
Lockheed Martin and RedEye have 3D-printed two huge rocket fuel tank prototypes, the biggest of which is 6.75 ft. long. The project took much less time than traditional manufacturing methods, at about half the cost.
Eye-Testing Device May Be Key to Early Alzheimer's Detection
Blog 
5/29/2014  22 comments
A Massachusetts-based startup called Cognoptix has created a machine that uses a novel way -- through abnormalities in the eye -- to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier in its progression and more accurately.
Why We Need More Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
5/23/2014  24 comments
A large number of studies have shown that men and women have different approaches to solving complex problems. It is precisely because of the differences between men and women that the engineering profession would benefit from greater participation of women.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 
5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Getting Quality Data off Excel & Into the Cloud
Blog 
5/20/2014  Post a comment
Quality data is easier to access and share if it's in a cloud-based PLM system than on someone's home-based server.
Multiphysics Simulation Software Works – What a Concept!
Blog 
5/20/2014  1 comment
The nice part about the term multiphysics is that it means exactly what it sounds like. Comsol’s multiphysics software handles system simulations that require the use of multiple types of physics, such as chemical structures, mechanical aspects, heat transfer, acoustics, and even electrical conditions.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
3D Printing Needs to Open Up
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2014  13 comments
The prototyping-based models 3D printing has used for 30 years must change if the industry is to continue growing and shift to production parts, says a new Lux Research study.
Early Programming Solutions
Sherlock Ohms 
5/19/2014  9 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Make a Hassle-Free Transition to C++
Blog 
5/15/2014  11 comments
To maximize the performance of your embedded system, you may want to give C++ a look. Start by attending our Continuing Education Class, Programming Embedded Systems in C++, next week.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Motion Sensor Keyboard
Blog 
5/14/2014  8 comments
Combining simple proximity sensors into a keyboard, Microsoft Research creates a type-hover-swipe keyboard. Unfortunately, it's just a prototype.
The Ever-Increasing Value of Modeling
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2014  4 comments
Engineers should have the necessary mathematical skills to solve numerical problems. Without underestimating the value of solving skills, it will be more beneficial to new engineers if future textbooks devote a majority of their pages to modeling and interpreting the results.
TinkerBots Gives Tots a Robotic Building Kit
STEM Connection 
5/14/2014  21 comments
Two German engineers have created a kit that lets kids build robots from individual modules in much the same way they snap Legos together.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
Blog 
5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
Banana Pi Rivals Raspberry Pi
Blog 
5/9/2014  2 comments
There's certainly no shortage of single-board computers on the market today, but few have gained the popularity of Raspberry Pi. So what does a company do in order to compete against the fruity computer company with a cornerstone on the market? Developers, meet Banana Pi.
10 Epic Flaws in Product Design Revealed
Blog 
5/8/2014  88 comments
You can’t please every consumer 100% of the time, and that is certainly the case when it comes to product design. No matter how carefully something is developed or packaged, and no matter how many times its designers test and retest it, there is often some flawed design element in the product that only rears its ugly head with prolonged consumer use.
Slideshow: Recyclable 3D Printing Material Beats ABS & PLA
Engineering Materials 
5/8/2014  4 comments
What if you could get a 3D printing filament that's strong like ABS, but easier to use like PLA, and more flexible than both? Better yet, what if it was also recyclable? Startup independent 3D printing materials company MadeSolid offers that material: PET+.
'Necessary & Sufficient' Cover the Safety Level
Guest Blogs 
5/7/2014  10 comments
There are many basic principles and maxims that engineers can use to solve simple problems. One trick is to ask at least two questions. First, what is necessary to satisfy the requirement? Second, what is sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
Blog 
5/7/2014  6 comments
Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
This Is Not Your Father’s Plant
Blog 
5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
Inside Google's Project Tango Smartphone
Blog 
5/2/2014  7 comments
Project Tango, an Android-based phone prototype developed by Google, is designed to make 3D maps of the user's environment for integration into apps.
Blood Recycling Machine Uses 3D Printer
Blog 
5/2/2014  20 comments
Brightwake has collaborated with Stratasys to use the company’s Dimension 1200es 3D printer to create a machine called the Hemosep, which can collect blood spilled during surgery, concentrate the blood cells, and then transfuse them back into the patient.
12 Engineering Toys for Your Youth
Blog 
5/1/2014  29 comments
A review of some of today's top engineering toys shows a wide range of possibilities for budding engineers.
City X Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/1/2014  2 comments
The City X Project uses Cubify 3D printers in a three-day workshop to inspire kids' interest in making and 3D printing.
Slideshow: Top Cars From the 2014 NY International Auto Show
Blog 
4/30/2014  17 comments
This month's New York International Auto Show featured an exciting collection of 2015 releases, supercars, and EVs. More than 1 million car enthusiasts got a sneak peak at the latest trends in the auto industry.
Wind Power Is Getting Big
Blog 
4/30/2014  31 comments
National Instruments is helping Clemson University test a 15 MW wind turbine, the largest for the wind industry.
How to Introduce CAE Simulation Into the Product Development Process
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2014  6 comments
There are lots of ways to get started, and the best method for implementation depends on many factors.
Slideshow: Chatty Medical Devices & Apps
Blog 
4/28/2014  49 comments
Sometimes the best way to tell people how to do something is to talk them through it. That's the idea behind some talking medical devices that instruct people on how to use them.
Get Ready for Heterogeneous Computing
Guest Blogs 
4/28/2014  4 comments
Heterogeneous computing -- parallel use of specialized processors alongside a CPU -- will be the basis for many future embedded systems.
3D-Printed Bioplastics Coming Soon
Engineering Materials 
4/25/2014  27 comments
Bioplastics formulator and manufacturer Sierra Resins and distributor 3D Printlife are working together to introduce a new biofilament for 3D printers.
Rezence Courts Tech Companies to Create Wireless Power Standard
Blog 
4/25/2014  15 comments
Rezence pushes large corporations to join their wireless power efforts -- mostly to get their business, but also push the tech into the mainstream.
Simulation Identified & Solved Factory Noise Problem
Sherlock Ohms 
4/24/2014  7 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Smart Glasses Rival Google
Blog 
4/23/2014  33 comments
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
QNX Tech Powers VisLab's Autonomous Car
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/23/2014  8 comments
VisLab joins the autonomous car effort with the DEEVA prototype.
Turtle Inspires 3D-Printed Car Frame
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2014  6 comments
German engineering firm EDAG Group showed a single-piece, 3D-printed car body design inspired by a turtle at the Geneva Motor Show. It came about after an assessment of how additive manufacturing could be applied to making industrial components, modules, and complete vehicle bodies.
College BIM Labs Get State-of-the-Art Makeovers
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/22/2014  1 comment
To get the latest engineering students' skills up to par, more colleges are turning to technology companies to get the best visual equipment in their labs for enhanced practical and theoretical teaching.
Samsung Gear Fit Teardown
Blog 
4/21/2014  15 comments
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Materials Options
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2014  6 comments
Stratasys is buying assets of a key player in materials testing and R&D for its FDM filament printers, and there's a new polypropylene material for the PolyJet series of 3D printers.
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
Blog 
4/18/2014  8 comments
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/17/2014  8 comments
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
Blog 
4/17/2014  4 comments
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  32 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2014  8 comments
3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
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