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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in September 2012
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
Blog 
9/28/2012  23 comments
Analysis by UBM TechInsights finds Apple largely stuck with incumbent suppliers for the latest iPhone.
Squeezing Cost While Raising Quality
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2012  11 comments
How do you reduce the cost of a part from $25 to $1? Easy, you raise the quality.
Next-Generation VLC Improves on XPRIZE-Winning Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/25/2012  23 comments
Altair ProductDesign will assist the Edison2 team, providing engineering services around structural optimization and suspension design to accelerate design of the production-ready VLC 4.0 vehicle.
Avoiding the Dangers of Groupthink
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2012  42 comments
How do engineers, who pride ourselves on our rationality and individualism, get caught up in a collective denial of reality?
Do Engineers Need an MBA?
Blog 
9/25/2012  20 comments
Is an MBA a worthwhile academic pursuit or a total waste of precious time?
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD Teardown
Blog 
9/24/2012  23 comments
Amazon is not only introducing a new version of the Kindle Fire, but three other tablets meant to further establish the company as a viable competitor to Apple’s iPad family and Google’s foray into the tablet space, Nexus 7.
We Want the Top 40 Under 40
Blog 
9/21/2012  15 comments
Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is asking for your nominations for engineers who are ahead of the trends and are significantly performing in the industry.
Survey: Battery, Engine, Materials Are Top CAFE Techs
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2012  26 comments
A DuPont-sponsored survey to track the impact of the 2025 CAFE standards has found that automakers are focused almost equally on improving battery performance, breakthroughs in combustion engine performance, and lighter materials.
Ethanol Ate My WeedEater
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2012  68 comments
A simple part on a WeedEater failed, simply because it was not designed to withstand the corrosive effects of ethanol.
If I Only Knew Then...
Blog 
9/17/2012  25 comments
Our LinkedIn group members discuss what they would have done differently if they knew then what they know now.
First Nanocomposite Manned Boat Will Fight Pirates
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2012  9 comments
The first manned boat made primarily of nanomaterials has an extended range three times that of similar-sized vessels.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Will Go to Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/13/2012  29 comments
It turns out that 3D printing techniques are perfect for use in space, but additive manufacturing isn't just for astronauts.
DESIGN East, a.k.a. ESC Boston, Starts Next Week
Blog 
9/13/2012  3 comments
The conference formerly known as ESC Boston starts next week. Have you signed up yet?
Design Decisions: An Update on Instant Adhesives
Guest Blogs 
9/11/2012  6 comments
New formulations bond in seconds to most substrates and offer improved aesthetics.
Petroski on Engineering: Everyone Loves Good Design
Guest Blogs 
9/10/2012  23 comments
Unlike buildings, which hide their engineering behind architectural facades, bridges tend to lay bare their structural design features.
When Is a Robot Not Mechanical? When It's an Android
Blog 
9/10/2012  26 comments
An artificial jellyfish created by Harvard and Caltech researchers goes a lot further than biomimicry, resembling an android more than a robot.
Calling All Messy Engineers!
Blog 
9/6/2012  18 comments
We want photos of your disheveled desks.
Fixing This Car's Heater Is Easier Said Than Done
Made by Monkeys 
9/5/2012  63 comments
In order to fix the heater on this 1998 Oldsmobile, the owner had to nearly take the whole car apart.
Keeping Track of Emerging Markets
Blog 
9/4/2012  15 comments
Depending on the markets and applications you serve, different countries can be at varying states of “emergence.”
Send Kids to College With Tools
Blog 
9/4/2012  20 comments
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.




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