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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in December 2011
Slideshow: Focus Electric Vehicle Hits Production Line
Captain Hybrid 
12/20/2011  26 comments
Ford has launched production of its battery-powered Focus Electric.
EVs Seen Dumping Power to Grid, Spurring Renewable Energy
Captain Hybrid 
12/16/2011  35 comments
A new study suggests that automakers will begin to adopt vehicle-to-grid technologies in the next five years.
Ethernet for Vehicles Advances
Electronic News & Comment 
12/14/2011  23 comments
Ethernet in the car, once an unthinkable concept for the automotive industry, has been gaining momentum lately.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 
12/13/2011  55 comments
One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
Does Machine Vision Need 10-Gigabit Ethernet?
Blog 
12/12/2011  12 comments
Some machine vision vendors have begun talking seriously about running GigE Vision-equipped cameras and other hardware over 10GigE backbone links in video networks.
Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011
Blog 
12/7/2011  34 comments
The five most important robotics trends of the past year enable volume manufacturing and aim at further integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Harley Hindered by Lower Belt Guard
Made by Monkeys 
12/7/2011  62 comments
One tiny screw stands between a safe highway ride and disaster.
Top 5 Automotive Trends of 2011
Electronic News & Comment 
12/6/2011  24 comments
In a year when Detroit launched a comeback, the real news in the automotive world came from Washington, D.C.
Mechatronics by Design: What Is IT?
Guest Blogs 
12/6/2011  7 comments
The technology of information enables mechatronic problem solving.
Jobs Still Engineers' Top 2011 Concern
Wolfe's Den 
12/5/2011  16 comments
Design engineers know as well as anyone that tough times mean that only the toughest and most capable technical folks survive and thrive.
Cadillac CUEs In-Car Entertainment
Electronic News & Comment 
12/1/2011  29 comments
Cadillac's CUE is an important addition to the infotainment scene, but its consumer-driven design process may turn out to be more important than the product.




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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.
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