DARPA Wants Your Danger-Seeking Robot
News 4/18/2012 13 comments The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering $2 million to engineers who can design and build a robot to perform a series of disaster-response tasks that are too dangerous for humans.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
News 4/17/2012 26 comments Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
CAD Primed for Plastic Parts Design
News 4/11/2012 13 comments Recognizing their growing and more sophisticated use, SolidWorks and Autodesk have rounded out their portfolios with tools aimed at optimizing the design and manufacturing of plastic parts.
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.
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.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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