Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
News 5/4/2015 14 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 8 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.
Scientists in Hot Pursuit of Super-Fast Material
News 3/17/2015 2 comments Scientists trying to fulfill the 80-year-old dream of Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner, recently discovered how to place crystalline lattices of pure electrons in the bottom of a silicon-encased quantum well. The resulting material promises electron mobility more than 200 times greater than that of graphene and more than 1,700 times that of crystalline silicon.
IoT Terrain Is Still Shifting
News 3/16/2015 Post a comment The landscape of the Internet of Things has become complex and will only get more complicated. Competing platforms are still evolving and pathways to interoperability between them need to be built, according to insiders familiar with the terrain
What Role Will 8-Bit MCUs Play in the IoT?
News 2/25/2015 3 comments Eight-bit MCUs aren’t nearly dead yet. Silicon Labs just announced at Embedded World a new series of eight-bit MCUs that target a range of cost-, power- and space-sensitive applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
News 2/20/2015 2 comments The Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use, making the first move -- at long last -- to start integrating these pilotless, untethered flying machines into American airspace.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
News 2/19/2015 2 comments US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
News 1/26/2015 3 comments A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
Video: Reconfigurable Robot Walks on Snake Legs
News 1/19/2015 4 comments Carnegie Mellon University's modular snake robot can be reconfigured to meet users' needs. Not only will this modular system enable completely new robot designs, say its inventors, it will also help speed up the pace of development and enable more flexible traditional industrial robots.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
News 1/16/2015 2 comments US manufacturing output rose 0.3% in December, but warm weather that blanketed the entire country reduced heating demand, significantly dragging down utilities output and the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nation’s total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
News 1/15/2015 5 comments A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
Data Show a CNC Machinery Purchasing Slowdown, but Outlook Remains Strong
News 1/13/2015 2 comments US orders of metalworking capital machinery cooled significantly in the two months following the big International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, according to the latest available data tracked by that show’s organizer. But the nation’s manufacturing sector is predicted to grow robustly again this year and buoy industrial machinery investment, which will bode well for the machine design industry.
Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
News 12/17/2014 Post a comment DuPont's Hytrel elastomer long used in automotive applications has been used to improve the way marine mooring lines are connected to things like fish farms, oil & gas installations, buoys, and wave energy devices. The new bellow design of the Dynamic Tethers wave protection system acts like a shock absorber, reducing peak loads as much as 70%.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
News 12/8/2014 3 comments While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Orion Takes One Small Step Toward Mars
News 12/5/2014 19 comments This morning’s liftoff of NASA’s Orion is the first step in what is expected to be a long and fabled history for the spacecraft. The deep-space craft, launched into orbit on a Delta IV rocket at 7:05 a.m. today, could put astronauts back on the moon in 2020 and take them to Mars by 2030.
We Want to Send You to Italy
News 11/21/2014 1 comment The UX Italia video contest recognizes Italian machinery, technology, and other experience solutions that have contributed meaningful improvements to people’s lives and production processes. If you submit a three-minute video showcasing how the quality of Italian machinery's User eXperience is essential to your company's success, you just may win a trip to Italy.
Plastic Leg Grows With Young Amputees
News 11/4/2014 7 comments Erin Keaney, a Ph.D student in plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, tells how graduate students at the school crafted a plastic injection-molded prosthetic leg that costs less than $5 to mass produce and can be adjusted to fit a growing child.
Shellfish-Inspired Glue Sticks Underwater
News 10/17/2014 14 comments Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
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