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Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 
9/18/2014  1 comment
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
DARPA Hopes to Heal Soldiers' Bodies & Minds With Brain Microchip
Blog 
9/18/2014  3 comments
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Electronic News & Comment 
9/18/2014  2 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
Video: BMW's i3 Electric Car Fuels Up With a Home Depot Generator
Guest Blogs 
9/17/2014  12 comments
Watch BMW's newest electric car, the i3, being charged with an everyday Home Depot-rented, gas-powered generator.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  Post a comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2014  14 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
What it Takes to Get Capital
Blog 
9/17/2014  2 comments
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
Engineers Make Great Comedians
Blog 
9/16/2014  8 comments
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
IBM's SyNAPSE Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Blog 
9/16/2014  Post a comment
IBM's new SyNAPSE chip makes it possible for computers to both memorize and compute simultaneously.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  10 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Bad Bug Spray Baffles Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 
9/15/2014  2 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.
Report: World Solar Demand Will Grow 75%
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2014  28 comments
The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 
9/12/2014  9 comments
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Motorola's Moto 360 Is Round, But Is It Repairable?
Blog 
9/11/2014  16 comments
Hello, Moto. Join the iFixit team as it takes apart the world's first circular smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360.
Apple iPhone 6 Release Highlights Importance of Supply Chain Management
Blog 
9/11/2014  5 comments
By implementing efficient and thorough quality-management processes, companies can help prevent or mitigate the effects of the supply-chain issues that reportedly plagued the Apple iPhone 6 before its release this week.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
Blog 
9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
Commonly Found Mistakes in Power Distribution Systems
Guest Blogs 
9/10/2014  4 comments
Mistakes in power distributions are not all that common, but they do exist. We look at some of these mistakes and disaster scenarios with the intention being to inform readers to be wary of repeating such mistakes when designing their power distribution system.
All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH
Captain Hybrid 
9/10/2014  12 comments
An engineering team from Ohio State University has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.
Robot Printer Comes to You
Blog 
9/10/2014  15 comments
Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
5 More Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
9/9/2014  17 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares more top advice for new engineering students. He wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Coating for Windows, Phones
Blog 
9/9/2014  5 comments
Researchers in Michigan have developed a transparent solar-energy-harvesting material for windows and other glass surfaces.
CO2-Based Plastic Nears Production
Engineering Materials 
9/8/2014  6 comments
Bayer MaterialScience is using CO2 to produce a precursor for high-quality polyurethane foam at its pilot plant in Leverkusen. The transition to full-scale manufacturing is expected in 2016.
Slideshow: Emerging Video Technology
Blog 
9/5/2014  9 comments
With new 4k technology and invention of video drones, the world of photographer and film is about to make one of the largest shifts of the century. If you thought camera technology had reached its peak, think again.
California's Historic Plastic Bag Ban: It's a Good Thing
Engineering Materials 
9/5/2014  37 comments
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
Sugar Biobattery Outlasts Lithium-Ion
Blog 
9/5/2014  18 comments
A researcher at Virginia Tech has developed a bio-battery that turns sugar into energy and has up to 10 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
High-Performance Electrics Hit the Blacktop
Captain Hybrid 
9/4/2014  15 comments
We’ve collected photos of electric cars, designed for both the neighborhood blacktop and the commercial dragstrip. From the Crazyhorse Pinto and the Killacycle motorcycle to the Tesla Roadster and the 500-HP Renovo Coupe, we offer a peek at the blistering performance of the electric powertrain.
Which Suppliers Do You Love?
Pamela Moore 
9/4/2014  4 comments
Take a Design News survey to identify the leading suppliers for design engineers.
Always Inspect the Fuses
Sherlock Ohms 
9/4/2014  10 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.
Defective Solderless Breadboard Causes Confusion
Made by Monkeys 
9/3/2014  12 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
A 400-Mile Range for the Tesla Roadster?
Captain Hybrid 
9/2/2014  12 comments
Tesla Motors might be planning to boost the driving range of its two-seat Roadster to 400 miles.
Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools
Blog 
8/29/2014  46 comments
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
Video: Temporary Tats Harvest Energy from Sweat
Blog 
8/29/2014  21 comments
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
Renovo Hypes Electric Supercar
Captain Hybrid 
8/28/2014  40 comments
A Silicon Valley company has made the biggest splash yet in the high-performance end of the electric car market, announcing an EV that zips from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and costs $529,000.
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
American Diesel Cars, Past & Present
Electronic News & Comment 
8/27/2014  44 comments
The diesel engine, long popular on European roads, is now piquing the interest of American automakers.
Market Your Business Using Portable Display Stands
Guest Blogs 
8/27/2014  6 comments
Businesses cutting across industries are increasingly making use of portable display stands in the UK for marketing.
3D Printers That Are Changing the Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/26/2014  8 comments
XYZ, Rabbit, and Disney innovate on the 3d printer in different ways -- from price point to using materials such as yarn.
5 Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
8/26/2014  22 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Google's Project Tango Tablet: From the Outside In
Blog 
8/25/2014  4 comments
Google's Project Tango is in its second iteration, this time taking the form of a tablet. Join us as we unravel the new goodies that Google has packed into the Project Tango Tablet.
Slideshow: EV Makers Look to New Battery Chargers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/22/2014  38 comments
As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing.
Student-Designed System for E-Motorbike Tops TI Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/22/2014  9 comments
A battery management system to support an electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery pack took first place in Texas Instruments' annual engineering innovation contest.
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior
Gadget Freak 
8/21/2014  22 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Siemens' Intosite Augments Tecnomatix PLM Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/21/2014  4 comments
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Slideshow: Jewelry Harvests Energy in the Blink of an Eye
Blog 
8/20/2014  33 comments
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
Wiring Causes Constant Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/20/2014  36 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Report: Metamaterials Will Partly Depend on Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/20/2014  8 comments
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
Blog 
8/19/2014  29 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
8/19/2014  9 comments
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
Blog 
8/19/2014  9 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
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