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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in June 2013
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
Blog 
6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
Metals 3D Printer Gets a Smaller Footprint
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2013  42 comments
Optomec has downsized its highly sophisticated 3D printing process for metals and made it available in a smaller machine -- the new 450.
Helicopter Powertrain Testing Beyond 90 Degrees
Guest Blogs 
6/24/2013  5 comments
Long a staple in the automotive world, multi-platform powertrain testing has been a persistent challenge for helicopter dynamic components.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
NASA's 'PhoneSat' Program Points to Satellites of the Future
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2013  22 comments
On April 21, NASA launched a novel project, putting into orbit three satellites that employ an off-the-shelf commercial smartphone as the control system.
Slideshow: The Evolution of CAD 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/13/2013  16 comments
CAD tools, the software and hardware that has built our modern world, are evolving.
Two Approaches to IoT
Blog 
6/12/2013  9 comments
The Internet of Things revolution is real and it’s here -- just ask Intel and Freescale.
Protecting Legacy Endpoint Devices With Secure Enclaves
Guest Blogs 
6/12/2013  2 comments
The legacy endpoint devices that control our critical infrastructure (utility systems, water treatment plants, military networks, industrial control systems, etc.) are some of the most vulnerable devices on the Internet.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2013  12 comments
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
Welcome to the Private Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/11/2013  8 comments
Connected Data releases the Transporter V2.0 and merges with rival company, Drobo.
Mobile Machine Monitoring
Blog 
6/7/2013  8 comments
With apps for smartphones and tablets growing at an exponential rate, automation suppliers are responding with development tools that simplify integration of these devices with machine controllers and factory networks.
3D Printing With Sugar
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/5/2013  43 comments
A California-based couple has found a way to use a 3D printer and granulated sugar to make intricate, edible geometrical decorations.
Are Product Demographics Pushing the Limits on Privacy?
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/4/2013  32 comments
IMRSV tailors advertisements to passersby. Is privacy at stake in the digital age?
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2013  31 comments
The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.
Misconceptions About 3D Printing
Blog 
6/3/2013  18 comments
Brand director Rich Nass moderated a recent radio show on 3D printing. Bottom line -- the technology is here for the long haul.




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