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Content posted in August 2013
From Napkin to Production
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8/30/2013  31 comments
After a night out with the guys, burning through five bar-napkin sketches, the perfect product idea is born. Or is it? How do you determine if your idea is worthwhile and worth pursing?
7 Common Mistakes in Designing Parts for Additive Manufacturing
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8/29/2013  2 comments
Anyone who has ever designed a product to be injection molded likely learned that small design changes can significantly impact the cost, time frame, and overall success of the project.
Narrow Bandwidth Optical Filtering
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8/28/2013  Post a comment
Narrowband filtering is an excellent tool for obtaining useful data of weak signals in noisy environments.
Choosing the Right Pressure Gauge
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8/22/2013  6 comments
Used since 1849, pressure gauges have had many applications, from depth to altitude measuring. Classified in different types, they show the increase and reduction of pressure in different fields. Here are some of the gauges used today.
What if You Couldn’t Parallel Park Your Car?
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8/19/2013  29 comments
Cars now do this automatically, but should you know how?
Survey Says: Use of Open-Source Will Increase in 2013
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8/14/2013  17 comments
The open-source movement continues to gain traction in 2013 among core groups, according to a survey released by electronics distributor Newark element14.
Top Reasons for the US to Return to Space
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8/14/2013  14 comments
Over the years, government and popular support for further space exploration has dwindled, despite its many benefits. So, we've made a list of the top reasons we should continue to explore the outer depths, "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Chinese Companies Are Using Manufacturing Intelligence to Overcome Shifting Dynamics
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8/13/2013  10 comments
If Chinese manufacturers continue on the path to quality-driven manufacturing operations, there is little doubt that the label made in China will once again stand alongside made in Germany, made in Japan, Made in the USA, and others to represent quality products.
4 Productivity Tools for CAD Professionals
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8/9/2013  4 comments
CAD professionals everywhere face a demanding work environment, stiff competition, and the pressure to do more with less.
Beyond Prototyping: 5 Things to Consider for 3D Printing Your Functional Parts
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8/7/2013  2 comments
Engineers are turning to 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) for making functional production parts in end-use applications. Here's how to decide when this makes sense.
FIR Filters Without the Math
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8/2/2013  2 comments
Previous columns have described how analog and switched-capacitors filters work and provided a real example of each. Now on to digital filters that process discrete-time digital values, rather than analog signals.
Thinking Outside the Mobile 'Box'
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8/1/2013  7 comments
Discovering important large-market applications for MEMS.
Using Electrical Re-Gen for Energy Cost Savings
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8/1/2013  3 comments
With its improvements over the conventional non-regen testing process, the estimated cost savings for one RedViking transmission test system at an Army repair center is about $500,000 per year.




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