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May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
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5/5/2015  Post a comment
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
Strategic Design Advantages of Using Wireless Platforms
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5/5/2015  Post a comment
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
What’s Your MEMS Story?
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5/5/2015  Post a comment
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
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5/5/2015  1 comment
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Simulation Software Brings Big Changes to Cable Industry
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5/5/2015  Post a comment
Fully adopting multiphysics simulation software enables companies to optimize cable and systems designs for a wide range of harsh environments.
Why is McLaren Revving up Into Healthcare?
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5/4/2015  Post a comment
McLaren is one of the biggest names in auto racing. But now it has its eyes on a whole new challenge -- innovating healthcare.
LiveWorx IoT Conference Will Stream Free
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5/4/2015  Post a comment
PTC will stream its LiveWrox IoT conference for free beginning Tuesday, May 5.
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
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5/1/2015  4 comments
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.
Helical Planetary Gearboxes: Understanding the Tradeoffs
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5/1/2015  Post a comment
The choice between helical and spur gears in gearboxes may seem straightforward. But with planetary gearboxes, however, the choice between helical and spur gears requires some additional thought. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
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4/30/2015  1 comment
With outsourcing down and reshoring up, the US saw a net gain of 10,000 manufacturing jobs that would have gone overseas last year.
How Biomimicry Is Having an Impact on Sustainable Design
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4/30/2015  1 comment
Cas Smith is a biological engineer at Terrapin Bright Green, a consulting firm that specializes in green and sustainable design. At the core of his work is to explore how biomimicry can inform sustainable design. He discussed biomimicry and its implications for design and solving some of the world’s sustainability issues in an interview with Design News.
Executives Need to be on the Hook for Cyber Security
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4/29/2015  1 comment
Effective cyber security requires auditing and clearly defined security clearances.
Poison Frog Skin Inspires Coating for De-Icing Planes
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4/29/2015  Post a comment
Arizona State University recently opened an entire cross-discipline research center devoted to biomimicry. So it’s no surprise an ASU mechanical and research engineer there recently used this design method to come up with new coating for de-icing planes that can conserve the amount of antifreeze currently used by airports.
Tesla's New Battery Will Supply Energy for Your Home
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4/28/2015  15 comments
Tesla is expected to announce the release of a new battery aimed at powering your entire home.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
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4/28/2015  Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
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4/27/2015  2 comments
(Video) NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is an EV inspired by manned rovers used for space exploration.
Watch John Oliver's Funny, Excellent Takedown of Patent Trolls
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4/27/2015  1 comment
Comedian John Oliver recently did a segment on patent trolls, offering a hiliarious take on a serious issue plaguing US industries.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
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4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Moving Big Data to Equipment Design
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4/23/2015  1 comment
Industrial equipment can be improved by pushing big data from operations into the design process.
Sustainability Expert: Solar Energy Can Help Alleviate Drought
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4/22/2015  34 comments
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
Steep Growth in 2015 CAD Adoption Trends
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4/22/2015  1 comment
CAD trends survey shows steep growth in 3D printing, cloud services, PLM, and simulation.
Top 10 3D Printing Projects
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4/21/2015  Post a comment
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Automation Tools Bring Viability to Renewables
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4/21/2015  Post a comment
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
NSA Encourages Trash Picking for Earth Day
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4/21/2015  8 comments
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
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4/20/2015  2 comments
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Teardown
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4/17/2015  6 comments
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
The EU Forges a Pan-European Push to Enable IoT
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4/17/2015  2 comments
Fifteen European research centers have launched EuroCPS to help European companies develop innovative products for the Internet of Things.
The 5 Biggest IoT Adoption Issues
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4/17/2015  3 comments
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
Origami-Inspired Solar Panels Could be Headed for Space
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4/17/2015  Post a comment
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
The 10 Best Cities to be a Biomedical Engineer
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4/16/2015  Post a comment
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
Design Tools Get Comfortable in the Cloud
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4/16/2015  1 comment
From CAD and PLM to collaboration and simulation, the range of software tools that support design are growing and available on somebody else’s servers.
IBM Watson Partners with Apple to Enhance Healthcare
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4/16/2015  2 comments
IBM has announced partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic to leverage the Watson supercomputer for Big Data health analytics.
Can the Internet of Things and the Cloud Work Together?
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4/15/2015  10 comments
A cloud-centric approach could be the solution to the IoT's data storage and analytics needs.
Engineering Disasters: Metallurgy, Rivets Sank the Titanic
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4/15/2015  14 comments
Cold temperatures caused the hull of the RMS Titanic to fail. But with better metallurgy and connector technology, Titanic's hull might have remained intact.
Toyota's ‘Global Architecture’ Strategy to Drive Development & Design Integration
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4/15/2015  6 comments
The world’s biggest automaker plans to introduce this year its first vehicles based on its new, sweeping product development strategy, called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Under TNGA, the carmaker will design and produce common parts for major automotive systems in order to realize efficiencies and cost-savings across all of its vehicular products.
In-Store Robot Makes Your Glasses While You Wait
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4/15/2015  1 comment
Tokyo-based eyewear brand, JINS, recently opened its first US-based store this week, selling high-quality, nice-looking, affordable glasses made by a robot while you wait.
Smart Windows Harvest Energy From Wind and Rain
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4/15/2015  4 comments
Windows are supposed to let the sun in and keep the fiercer elements of nature out. Now a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has gone one step further, creating windows that not only protect against the elements -- specifically wind and rain -- but also use them to create energy.
What’s the Future of the World’s Costliest Fighter Jet?
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4/14/2015  12 comments
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced military aircraft developed by the US. It is also the most expensive in history, with a lifecycle cost of $1 trillion. With the fighter jet inching toward initial operating capability in 2017, we asked Bill Sweetman, an editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology, to discuss its engineering advances but also setbacks.
Want to Be an Engineer? Brush Up on 3D Printing
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4/14/2015  9 comments
It used to be that budding engineers just needed a solid grasp of physics, math, and their own healthy scientific curiosity, but these days, you need a fairly good working understanding of 3D printing too, apparently.
13 Ways to Ease Packaging Engineering Tasks
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4/14/2015  Post a comment
Here are 13 automation game changers seen at the Automate trade show, held in March in Chicago.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
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4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
The Latest and Greatest in Healthcare Robotics
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4/13/2015  2 comments
Worrell Design and Daniel Kraft have teamed up to show you a handy infographic on everything you wanted to know about the latest for robotics in healthcare.
Robotics Week Embraces Autonomous Vehicles
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4/10/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week adopted a broader definition of robotics Thursday, as it shifted its focus from factory floor robots to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Great Robots from Film and TV
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4/10/2015  5 comments
To help close out National Robotics Week, we talk you on a walk through images of robots depicted in film and TV over the past six decades.
Robots & Humans Leg it Out For Charity
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4/10/2015  7 comments
In the robotics field, there’s much discussion about the imminent intersection of humans and robots in daily life. In a glimpse of possible future scenarios, the two will come together for a good cause Sunday, April 12, at the first Robot Race and Human 5K in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate the end of National Robotics Week.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
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4/9/2015  7 comments
When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
Learning From a Hands-On Motor Control Project
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4/9/2015  Post a comment
During a recent CEC course, Warren Miller encouraged attendees to try a hands-on project to further solidify the course content. Read on for more helpful information regarding that class, and also find it in our archive.
It's Time for the Apple Watch Teardown
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4/8/2015  13 comments
Announced September 9, 2014, the Apple Watch is the company's first foray into smart wearables.
Software Is Using Biomimicry to Optimize Part Design
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4/8/2015  3 comments
As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, becomes more and more sophisticated and capable of direct production in some applications, a class of software is emerging that exploits the capability of AM technology to produce objects in a highly freeform manner.
Industrial Robots Are Changing the Factory
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4/8/2015  1 comment
Just in time for National Robotics Week, here's a collection of industrial robots that are changing the very nature of the factory.
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No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Fully adopting multiphysics simulation software enables companies to optimize cable and systems designs for a wide range of harsh environments.
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