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Content posted in February 2012
Surgical Robot Research Goes Wide With Raven II
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2/28/2012  20 comments
The Raven II robot will provide the first open-source robotic surgeon research platform to help accelerate development.
Medical Design Conference Showcases Products
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2/28/2012  9 comments
More than 2,200 exhibitors descended on the Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, rolling out products ranging from robotics and automation solutions to packaging machines, conveyors and materials.
3D-Printed Jaw Used in Transplant
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2/27/2012  38 comments
A recent jaw transplant using a patient-specific prosthesis created with additive manufacturing techniques showcases the potential of 3D printing for advanced medical applications.
Advanced Motion Control for Harsh Environments
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2/27/2012  9 comments
Conditions such as chemical and high-pressure washdown, extreme temperatures, high shock, and vibration require high-performance solutions that thrive in demanding applications.
Heated-Gas MEMS Accelerometers Gain Ground
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2/24/2012  12 comments
Thermal accelerometers have been gaining ground as an intelligent approach to many applications.
Aerospace Composite Rewrites Fabric Rules
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2/23/2012  16 comments
A new type of carbon-fiber composite has a nonwoven fabric architecture that produces more than three times the tensile strength of conventional materials.
Better Cameras Simplify Machine Vision
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2/21/2012  2 comments
The move toward simplicity doesn't mean the new breed of machine vision is easy to use.
Composites Employed in Military Helicopters
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2/17/2012  18 comments
Two prototype helicopters that will be evaluated by the US Army deploy carbon-fiber-reinforced composites in both the aircraft structure and the blades.
3D Machine Vision Comes Into Focus
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2/17/2012  11 comments
Production of 1 million more autos annually is driving demand for deep inspection.
Design News Radio Explores 3D CAD & Visualization
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2/16/2012  2 comments
Join Design News Radio on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2:00 p.m. EST for "3D CAD & Visualization," a live, streaming audio and online chat with the industry veteran David Prawel.
Amphibious Craft Navigates FEA Waters
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2/15/2012  7 comments
FEA analysis helped optimize the articulation arm at the core of the ARKTOS amphibious craft, which gives it the mobility to seamlessly navigate between extreme environments.
Modified Packaging Film Protects Machines
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2/14/2012  12 comments
When combined with an adhesive, a clear packaging resin usually used with food products can protect appliances and other machines during manufacturing and transport.
Smart Paint Detects Microscopic Cracks
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2/13/2012  37 comments
A paint that detects microscopic faults uses nanotechnology to sense movement in large structures.
CFD Players Partner Around 3D Visualization
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2/13/2012  5 comments
Flow Science and CEI Software team up to integrate CEIís CFD visualization capabilities with the FLOW-3D CFD tool, making it easier to showcase results in a more meaningful way.
iPad App Provides On-the-Go Product Data
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2/10/2012  7 comments
Inforbix is leveraging its CAD and product data access technology to power up a free iPad app that lets mobile users search and access engineering data.
Packaging Materials Grown From Mushrooms
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2/10/2012  31 comments
Mushroom roots grown on plant trash form new materials for packaging and other applications.
Slideshow: 'Start-Stop' Hybrids Hit the Road
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2/3/2012  81 comments
Starter motors with automatic starting capabilities will hit the auto market in a big way in 2012. Within 15 years, every new vehicle could offer "start-stop."
PartMaker Brings CAD to CNC
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2/3/2012  4 comments
Branching out from its CAM software roots, PartMaker is adding a 3D CAD modeling component to its PartMaker portfolio, acknowledging that machinists need better tools for working with 3D models.
Slideshow: Top 5 Design Tool Trends to Watch in 2012
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2/2/2012  12 comments
The building blocks laid in 2011 around mobile, cloud, and social technologies will set the stage for remaking CAD and other engineering tools into 21st Century design collaboration platforms.
Composites Reinforced With 3D Architectures
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2/2/2012  6 comments
ETH-Zurich research team discovers how to build composite structures that use reinforcing elements within 3D architectures, as abalone shells do.
Additive Manufacturing Tops Materials Trends for 2012
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2/1/2012  17 comments
The five most important materials trends of this year mostly concern new, alternative materials or processes and developments in current ones.




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