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Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
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.
Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
11/19/2015  24 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
MEMS Industry Group Makes Important Name Change
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.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
Have Your Say for Best ARM-based Product
10/28/2015  Post a comment
Design News sister publications EDN and EE Times needs you to vote for a Reader's Choice Winner in their ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge. Please help our EDN/EE Times friends out!
Slideshow: 'Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia' Recap Provides Peek at Latest Engineering Innovations
10/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News' recent Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia event provided a snapshot of the continually changing nature of design engineering, showing off innovations in materials, automation, components, services, and, of course, 3D printing, plus more.
Don't Overlook the Hydraulics in Motion Control Applications
10/14/2015  1 comment
For engineers who are laying plans for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, executives at Bosch Rexroth have a bit of advice: Don’t forget the hydraulics.
How Machine Designers and Manufacturers Can Streamline Enclosure Certification
10/12/2015  1 comment
A free UL webinar will show how to faster machine panel enclosure certification avoids delays to market, reduces cost, and eases traceability issues.
Free Composites Test Database Now Available from Sandia Labs
10/10/2015  Post a comment
A database containing information on over 16,000 tests done on 500 composites and other materials for wind turbine blades is now available free from Sandia National Laboratories.
At Design News Event, Caterpillar Tells How 3D Printing Helps Low-Volume Production
10/8/2015  Post a comment
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
Plastics Machinery Shipments Post Solid Q2 Gains
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Shipments of primary plastics equipment in the second quarter jumped 5.5% over the first quarter, and year-to-date movement is 3.9% higher than last year after six months.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
ECIA Says Electronic Component Sales Are Still Sluggish
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
Mouser Will Distribute Omron Products
8/17/2015  Post a comment
A new agreement between Mouser Electronics and Omron Electronic Components could result in broader, global availability of the latter's switches, relays, connectors, and sensors.
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
7/27/2015  1 comment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announces recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to cyberattacks after real-world test infiltrates a Jeep Cherokee.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
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
6/25/2015  7 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.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Counterfeit Parts Persist in the Face of Arrests and Convictions
6/19/2015  20 comments
Despite the crackdown on counterfeiters in the US and China, the problem is more rampant than ever, causing competitors to come together to educate customers and train border patrol workers on how to identify bogus bearings and other parts.
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
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
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.
'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal
6/10/2015  5 comments
By using an adhesive that departs from the half-century-old chemistry of common medical tape, 3M has produced a product that can be easily removed from human skin and reused.
Solar Impulse 2 Forced to Abort Transpacific Flight
6/4/2015  2 comments
Adverse weather conditions have forced the Solar Impulse 2 to make an unexpected stop on its record-breaking, round-the-world journey.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency
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.
Inkjet Printing Process Used to Develop More Efficient Solar Cells
6/1/2015  Post a comment
Solar energy is becoming an increasing source of scalable, renewable energy around the world. However, while energy from the sun itself is natural and environmentally friendly, the process for creating solar cells is not, which means one area of research in the field is to try to change this scenario.
New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
5/29/2015  9 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Updated Bar Steel Fatigue Database Has 134 Iterations
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.
Design Engineers Are at the Center of the Industrial Automation Sourcing Process
5/28/2015  Post a comment
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
Thermodynamics Absolved in 'Deflategate' Scandal
5/7/2015  22 comments
A new report commissioned by the National Football League has concluded that thermodynamics is unlikely a suspect in the New England Patriots “Deflategate” scandal.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
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
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
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
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
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.
FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones
3/23/2015  10 comments
How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
3/23/2015  Post a comment
TAG Heuer's Android Wear-powered smartwatch is expected toward the end of the year.
Obama Turns Attention to Textiles for Latest Manufacturing Investment
3/19/2015  4 comments
The Obama administration’s focus on supporting the manufacturing industry turned to textiles yesterday with the announcement of a $75 million federal investment in a competition to build a research center to foster innovation in textiles and technology.
Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning
3/18/2015  Post a comment
An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.
Fate of Expiring Federal Solar Tax Credit Remains Unknown
3/17/2015  68 comments
A tax credit that has inspired significant growth and business gains in solar energy in the US over the past decade is set to expire at the end of next year unless Congress passes an extension.
Scientists in Hot Pursuit of Super-Fast Material
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
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
Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People
3/13/2015  30 comments
America’s aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.
Bosch Sees Huge Uptake in MEMS as IoT Thrives in Consumer and Industrial
3/12/2015  Post a comment
With huge global revenue growth predicted for MEMS in industrial IoT equipment in the coming years, Robert Bosch GmbH is one company expanding its MEMS offerings into new areas.
Machine Shops Peel Back on Metalworking Equipment Orders in January
3/10/2015  Post a comment
US orders for metalworking machinery began 2015 languidly after finishing off 2014 with a 3.1% expansion year over year, according to the trade group Association For Manufacturing Technology.
Manufacturing Employment Growth Weak in Strong February Jobs Report
3/9/2015  Post a comment
While the US labor market expanded impressively once again in February with 295,000 jobs, manufacturing employment added only 8,000 positions, symptomatic of the sector’s growing stagnation in recent months.
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