Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
News 1/8/2016 Post a comment Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
News 11/21/2015 Post a comment High-performance polymers have been making inroads in high-heat, under-hood car environments for awhile now. At some recent industry events, DuPont Performance Polymers showed off several new parts made of polymers designed for these uses.
MEMS Industry Group Makes Important Name Change
News 11/6/2015 1 comment MEMS Industry Group, the trade group representing the semiconductor and microelectromechanical system industries, has changed its name to MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, reflecting the increasing importance of sensors in the growing IoT world.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
News 7/6/2015 1 comment Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
News 6/25/2015 8 comments At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
News 6/12/2015 Post a comment A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
News 6/12/2015 Post a comment 3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency
News 6/3/2015 Post a comment New glass coating, the design of which was inspired by two disparate examples in nature -- a moth’s eye and lotus leaf -- could mean significant improvements for solar panels, lenses, military equipment, windows, and other products in the future, thanks to the Department of Energy.
Updated Bar Steel Fatigue Database Has 134 Iterations
News 5/29/2015 Post a comment The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
News 5/4/2015 17 comments What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
News 5/1/2015 14 comments Tesla Motors Inc. took another big step into the battery market last night, officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries into home and grid storage applications.
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
News 4/24/2015 1 comment If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
Smart Home Sensor Can Save Your Life
News 4/9/2015 Post a comment A new crop of smart home devices on the way will smell the air to make sure it is healthy. The gas sensors are getting built into thermostats, baby monitors, digital night lights, and security cameras.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
News 3/25/2015 Post a comment Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
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