Features 2/23/2004 Post a comment Harley-Davidson engineer Brian Ruffert led a team that redesigned Harley-Davidson's legendary Sportster motorcycle, taming the vibration and boosting the quality without changing its signature look.
Features 2/23/2004 Post a comment Special-effect colors help Kodak tailor the looks of one-time use cameras to consumer tastes around the world
Ask the search engineer
Features 2/23/2004 Post a comment The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
In electronics assembly, new film star for LCD makers
Features 2/12/2004 Post a comment The coated diffuser films used to mange the light in liquid crystal displays can give manufacturers a real headache. Usually made from polyester film coated with micron-sized optical beads, these films can lose bits of coating and develop optical defects as they make their way through the LCD manufacturing process, driving down yields substantially. GE Advanced Materials has come up with a new line of polycarbonate diffuser films that can eliminate these coating-related failures.
Chipmakers vie for control
Features 2/11/2004 Post a comment Motor control is becoming a huge market, driven by energy saving demands in consumer products and the growing use of small motors in autos. Microchip Inc. is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon, unveiling a microcontroller with peripherals tailored to motor control.
CAD companies Seek Beta Testers
Features 2/10/2004 Post a comment Software companies are looking for alpha and beta testers to sacrifice their time, and sometimes money, to benefit the software they use and the company develops. Here's what to expect as a tester and how users can get involved.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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