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Content posted in November 2011
11 Top iPad Engineering Apps
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11/28/2011  54 comments
Here are 11 iPad apps in automation, CAD, and technical reference for mechanical, industrial, and design engineers.
Case Study: Building Your Own 20kW Hydroelectric Power Plant
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11/16/2011  52 comments
Using automation components from AutomationDirect, this small-scale hydroelectric system generates 20kW of power from a nearby lake.
Slideshow: 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Preview
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11/10/2011  14 comments
The 2012 International Consumer Electronics show has innovative designs of interest to mechanical engineers. Check out our CES slideshow.




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