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Content posted in July 2009
Engineer and Team Bring Glass Cockpit Technology to Small Airplanes
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7/30/2009  Post a comment
Glass Cockpit approach would use MEMS to electronically mimic the operation of the mechanical gyroscopes so common in small aircraft
Virtual Design Takes off at P&G
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7/30/2009  Post a comment
Simulation saved P&G about 17 years of design time in 2008
Tim Wojcik Brings 'Consistency of Purpose' to DRX-1 Wireless DR Detector
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7/30/2009  Post a comment
Carestream Health is first-to-market with a cassette-sized, wireless digital radiography (DR) detector thanks to the engineering lead's ability to negotiate tough design tradeoffs
Tesla Engineer Boosts EV Range to New Heights
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7/30/2009  4 comments
JB Straubel is the winner of this year's Design News Engineer of the Year Award for his dogged determination to boost the range of battery-powered electric vehicles
Automakers Aim to Simplify Electrical Architectures
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7/29/2009  Post a comment
By reducing the number of microcontrollers in a vehicle, engineers hope to eliminate thick wiring bundles, cut weight and slash costs
Magnesium Award Winners Show Auto Potential
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7/28/2009  Post a comment
Cast parts integrate functions and reduce component weight
Boeing's Dreamliner Struggles: Surprise or Predictable?
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7/23/2009  Post a comment
When an aerospace company has to cancel something as high profile as First Flight, it's a very bad thing. Or is it?
Extreme Motor Performance
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7/20/2009  Post a comment
Gear motors designed to withstand radiation doses generated by neutron scattering
Motion Technology Powers Wind Energy
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7/16/2009  Post a comment
Mechanical motion solutions are critical to successful operation of wind turbines
100-Percent Duty-Cycle Actuator
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7/15/2009  Post a comment
All-in-one actuator incorporates programmable digital drive and servo performance
Look to Low-Cost 3-D Scanning
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7/15/2009  Post a comment
Inexpensive scanners are enabling engineers to capture organic shapes more easily
Direct Digital Manufacturing Spreads to Assembly Tools
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7/14/2009  Post a comment
Digital manufacturing may be the next big thing, and assembly operations provide a strong starting point
Plastic Oil Pans Present Major Integration Opportunity
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7/13/2009  Post a comment
New designs combine parts and reduce weight
Autodesk Labs Serves up a Taste of Fusion
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7/7/2009  Post a comment
New Inventor technology aims to blend direct modeling and history-based modeling in a single solution
Planetary Design Lowers Costs
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7/6/2009  Post a comment
New gearhead products use planetary technology to deliver precision and value
Complex Designs in Metal
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7/6/2009  Post a comment
MIM designers are recognized at powder metallurgy competition




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