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Content posted in December 2000
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Breakthroughs on the horizon
Cracked Mac bruises Apple?
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The Power Mac G4 Cube from Apple has drawn some catty comments from a few users who contend that the acrylic enclosure on the computer tends to develop unattractive cracks.
Cool Cruiser
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Keeping passengers cool in the 2001 PT Cruiser was a design challenge involving efficiency.
CAD walks Sony's dog on the Web
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Now that CAD packages such as SolidWorks and Solid Edge are offering Web-publishing capabilities for 3D solid models, users are tapping their vast databases to put parts libraries and online catalogs on their web sites.
Robotic sugarplums
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Our web crew has come up with some nifty robotic toy sites that will get your credit card hot.
Jerk-free acceleration for machine tools
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Engineers at Siemens Linear Motor Systems have developed an impulse decoupling method to reduce reaction forces on machine tools.
Titanium affords a long-life muffler
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While titanium is more expensive than stainless steel used in current high-performance mufflers, it is about half the density (with the same strength) and virtually impervious.
Screw jacks are the ticket for parking
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Robotic Parking, Inc. faced multiple challenges when building compact parking structures.
Shhhhh! It's a Sonata
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The calmness of the Hyundai Sonata hides a great debate that happened between engineers in the design stage.
Clear communications
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The figure in the picture is no dwarf. It
As the tire turns...
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What most don
Robot replication
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Hod Lipson, a mechanical engineer, and Jordan Pollack, a computer scientist, want to make robots so affordable that an average person could own 100 of them.
Comsats on wheels
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Delphi Automotive Systems has demonstrated one of the first mobile Satellite Digital Audio Receiver Service (SDARS) systems to make a connection to a digital radio signal.
Wescon 2000: No dearth of debuts
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While floor traffic was somewhat lighter compared to last year
The winner is...
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The neat looking mystery car we asked readers to identify in the annual auto issue of Design News (DN 10.02.2000, p. 34) is the Saab Quantum III roadster, seen on the cover of the July 8, 1964 issue.
Fluid helps molder blow 10,000 bottles per hour
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Frank Maples quenches the beverage industry
Play like the pros
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The i.S18 ChipSystemTracquet, a collaboration from HEAD Sports AG (Phoenix, AZ) and Continuum Control Corp. (Billerica, MA), is designed to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, providing more power than a conventional racquet.
Prototypes become rapid parts
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Star Trac Inc. used Solid Concepts rapid prototyping to make 400 finished parts, not prototypes.
Step-by-step product prowling...
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As the saying goes: Time is money, especially when you
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CAM and the art of boat building
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Doug Wright taught himself naval architecture, got a friend to teach him how to use MicroStation, and set out to build a better speedboat.
This bearing is no wallflower
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When Brewer
Manipulators position large workpieces
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Kabelschlepp America has introduced a line of workpiece manipulators and turners designed to precisely position large, cumbersome workpieces.
For the love of muddy
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Polaris has introduced the 500 High-Output engine for its Sportsman 500 ATV.
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