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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in September 2013
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Microsoft's Project Spark Makes a Game of Creating Your Own Video Game
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/26/2013  5 comments
Almost all the young minds that play video games have wondered what it would be like to create their own, even if it was just changing something small in one game to make their experience better. Microsoft is making it happen.
Bad Address Baffles the Software
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2013  15 comments
I had to fix a software glitch, and I found the answer to the problem in an offhand story told by my boss.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2013  6 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
World Solar Car Challenge & STEM Education
STEM Connection 
9/24/2013  5 comments
Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the University of Michigan solar car team, an entirely student-run organization that designed its new Generation car in NX software.
Using PACs and PLCs for Data Acquisition, Logging & Analytics
Blog 
9/24/2013  4 comments
Modern and powerful PLCs and PACs can perform many of the data acquisition functions formerly reserved for SCADA, PC-based, and other control systems.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/23/2013  6 comments
Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Red Pitaya Will Be a Boon for Budding Engineers
Blog 
9/23/2013  3 comments
Red Pitaya, an open-source electrical test and measurement system, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Design News Is Looking for the Best of the Best
Blog 
9/23/2013  Post a comment
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means, don't you? It's awards season at Design News.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
Blog 
9/20/2013  46 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
STEM Connection 
9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Slideshow: 3D Printing in the Medical Cloud
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2013  24 comments
Medical professionals can use 3D Systems' secure cloud-based Bespoke Modeling service to create, edit, share, and print sophisticated, full-color, 3D anatomical models from CT scans, MRI scans, or other digital imaging and communications data.
Growth in Model-Based Design for Automation Control
Blog 
9/18/2013  2 comments
Systems are adding new sophisticated functions and tools.
Dassault Systemes Teams With Engineers to Rid Oceans of Plastic
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/18/2013  6 comments
The Eco-Engineering Design Contest aims to clean up the world's oceans.
Slideshow: Robots Will 3D Print & Build Space Structures
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2013  21 comments
NASA is funding technology that would use robotics and 3D printing to construct parts of very large spacecraft and other structures in space. Doing this could reduce the cost and risk of building and launching systems and allow for bigger structures.
Smartphones & Tablets as Remote HMIs
Blog 
9/17/2013  2 comments
New technology is offering an interesting and useful way to track critical plant production information.
Slideshow: MD&M Chicago Highlights New Technologies
Blog 
9/16/2013  10 comments
Last week's Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago show attracted more than 500 exhibitors and thousands of attendees with technologies ranging from automation and robotics to electronic test systems and 3D printers.
Enter the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Blog 
9/13/2013  3 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Slideshow: 3D-Print, Etch & Mill in 1 Machine
Engineering Materials 
9/12/2013  8 comments
The latest in Kickstarter's clever, ingenious, and useful manufacturing products is the Microfactory, which combines 3D printing, milling, and etching in one system.
Video: CSR Releases World's Thinnest Touchscreen
Blog 
9/12/2013  11 comments
Along with being extremely efficient and small, less than 0.5 mm thick, CSR's newest touchscreen connects easily to the latest mobile operating systems, such as Windows 8 and iOS7.
Researchers Develop Brain-to-Brain Interface for Human Motion Control
Blog 
9/12/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have created what they’re calling the first human brain-to-brain interface that allowed one researcher to control another’s hand with their mind.
Slideshow: 3D Print, Scan, Copy & Fax in 1 Machine
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2013  40 comments
What if you could 3D scan and copy objects and fax your files as well as 3D print them – using only one machine? AIO Robotics' Zeus 3D printer, funded on Kickstarter, also scans objects, copies them, and faxes .STL files to a remote Zeus for printing.
Video: Augmented Reality Table & Book Interact Through Hand Gestures
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/10/2013  5 comments
A Los Angeles smart space installation uses a digitally augmented table and book that allows visitors to use hand gestures to explore digital media.
Are You the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
9/9/2013  10 comments
For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Slideshow: JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award Winners
Blog 
9/6/2013  17 comments
The program recognizes top composites companies for innovation and industry-leading advances.
My Opinion on Technology in Sports
Blog 
9/5/2013  27 comments
The discussion of technology in sports is front and center these days.
MakerBot's Digitizer Scanner is User- & Wallet-Friendly
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/4/2013  9 comments
MakerBot recently announced that the final product would soon be on the market. What is the buzz surrounding its Digitizer all about?
STEM 101: Give Students Access to 21st Century Tools
STEM Connection 
9/4/2013  25 comments
By freshman year of high school, more than 57 percent of students lose interest in pursuing STEM-related careers, and a recent report prepared by the White House indicates a lack of preparation and inspiration as key reasons why students lose interest in STEM.
3D-Printed Eyeglasses Are Fit for a King
Engineering Materials 
9/3/2013  16 comments
Dutch company LUXeXceL has developed a proprietary process to print plastic lenses and other non-imaging optical-quality components. The company has 3D-printed complete pairs of eyeglasses.




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