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Content posted in December 2012
The Future in Automotive Front Lighting
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12/28/2012  8 comments
Next-generation headlights could combine all the lighting functionality necessary in the front of the automobile, including daytime running lights, high beams, low beams, cornering/bending lights, position lights, and turn signals.
Fastener Inserts Designed for Lightweight Aerospace Materials Reduce Risks, Costs
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12/27/2012  11 comments
Efforts to incorporate lightweight materials into aerospace designs raise the issue of finding safe and reliable methods of fastening assemblies.
That Fictitious Force
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12/26/2012  7 comments
The ubiquitous MEMS gyroscope uses it, but what is it?
3D Mice Enhance Motorcycle Design Process
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12/21/2012  11 comments
If you’re racing some of the fastest, most aerodynamic motorcycles in the world, you want a machine that’s comfortable, easy to operate, and gets you to the finish line first. The same holds true for the engineers and designers behind the finished product.
Focus LED Design on Driver Topology, Circuit Protection
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12/19/2012  9 comments
For optimum cost and reliability, a major focus for LED lighting designers typically needs to be on driver topology, along with the type and placement of circuit protective devices.
Stop Expenses From Leaking Away
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12/19/2012  7 comments
As recent extreme weather events have once again demonstrated, water, our most treasured resource, can also be a source of widespread and costly damage to society.
ICCVE: The Importance of Open Standards
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12/18/2012  7 comments
Rich Hulett, chairman of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Directors, opened the session on Standards for Connected Vehicles at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo.
ICCVE: Rail Transportation & Communications
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12/17/2012  2 comments
In the world of transportation, the role of the engineer as a force for innovation has never been greater and the opportunities have never been more challenging than today.
Growing Future for Metal Injection Molding
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12/14/2012  6 comments
Metal injection molding (MIM) is experiencing a worldwide boom, with an estimated market worldwide of more than $1 billion per year, and compound annual growth rates estimated to be as high as 20 percent.
Inspiring Keynote Delivered at ICCVE
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12/14/2012  2 comments
The first ICCVE opened with an inspiring keynote speech by Norman Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation, and a host of leaders from the intelligent transportation and technology world.
Reducing Servomotor Instability
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12/13/2012  6 comments
Lowering excessive speed controller gain is often not a viable option, so a systematic approach should be used to determine the best remedy for instability.
Heterogeneous Multicore & the Future of Vision Systems
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12/7/2012  5 comments
Multicore will help vision systems move from the lab to the real world.
Automatic Code Generation & the Arduino
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12/6/2012  10 comments
Innovation in engineering practice and education has been reinvigorated by two complementary concepts: automatic code generation and the inexpensive, open-source, single-board microcontroller.
Branding MEMS Inside
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12/5/2012  5 comments
Robert Brunner has not only proven his ability to design beautiful and useful products; he has also demonstrated an uncanny ability to communicate to a bunch of MEMS executives the power of his message.
The Right PLM Solution Advances Cabela’s
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12/5/2012  3 comments
Cabela's is now using PTC PLM solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of its apparel and footwear products from conception through design, technical design, sourcing, and manufacturing to commercialization.
Design Decisions: What Designers Need to Know About EMI Shielding
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12/5/2012  4 comments
The balancing act between accessibility/airflow and shielding from electromagnetic interference can be maintained with a honeycomb filter.
Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
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12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.




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