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The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant
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8/26/2016  Post a comment
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts
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8/25/2016  1 comment
Take advantage of the properties of plastic to integrate clever features that benefit everyone. Abiding by these guidelines will prepare you for a smooth design cycle.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
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8/24/2016  1 comment
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Packaging Gets All Dressed Up for Advanced Manufacturing
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8/24/2016  Post a comment
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
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8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
The Apple Car: A Bridge Too Far?
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8/22/2016  9 comments
In the war for consumer dollars, Apple needs another win. But is the rumored Apple Car too far of a reach for the iPhone giant?
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
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8/22/2016  19 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
How Heat Affects Camera Design and What to Do About It
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8/22/2016  Post a comment
The landscape of product development is changing. Electronic components and the devices that use them are shrinking, while power and functionality are rising. As a result, heat management is now in the forefront of the design process.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
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8/19/2016  1 comment
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
Engineering the Olympics: Pole Vault
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8/19/2016  Post a comment
Engineers use finite element analysis to simulate the behavior of a pole vault.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
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8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
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8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
Changes in CAD Functionality Keep Coming
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8/17/2016  Post a comment
Given a product as mature as CAD, it’s surprising how much new functionality is still getting added to the old war horse.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
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8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
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8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
GoPiGo Turns a Raspberry Pi Into a Robot Car
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8/15/2016  Post a comment
Take a look at the GoPiGo robotics kit that lets students and hobbyists build a programmable mobile robot.
Mushrooms Make a Non-Toxic, Next-Gen Building Material
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8/12/2016  2 comments
Faced with looming EPA regulations, manufacturers are turning to mycelium, a mushroom-based material, as a new, eco-friendly adhesive.
How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
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8/11/2016  26 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
Rapid Prototyping Is Critical to the Realization of 5G
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8/11/2016  1 comment
To reap the benefits of 5G technology, researchers need a faster path to prototype.
LEDs Spearhead Drive Toward Intelligent Headlamps
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8/11/2016  Post a comment
Technical advances in LED development facilitate not only greater design flexibility but also new lighting concepts for greater safety. The new possibilities in lighting design are provided by innovative types of LEDs with compact dimensions, high luminance and individually controllable chips, enabling more flexibility in lamp construction.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
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8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
Uberize Your Remote Equipment
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8/10/2016  Post a comment
You can leverage remote connectivity to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve performance.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
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8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
PackSpec 2.0 Creates Templates for Packaging Machinery Specifications
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8/9/2016  Post a comment
The PackSpec initiative has been a multi-year effort but now there is mounting support to move beyond the written standards put forward in the first version of PackSpec to standard documents that can streamline and strengthen the creation of packaging machinery specifications used to bid new systems.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
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8/8/2016  19 comments
NASA’s recent announcement of its all-electric experimental aircraft, called the X-57, was big news, resurrecting the pioneering spirit of the agency’s early days. Still, in terms of raw ambition, it paled in comparison to the Holy Grail project of a quarter-century ago, the X-30.
How to Justify Purchasing Embedded Software Development Tools
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8/8/2016  1 comment
Five justifications developers can use with management to push that desperately needed tool through the approval process.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
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8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
'Slugbot' Is Frankensteined From Slug Parts and 3D-Printed Body
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8/5/2016  1 comment
We haven't seen many robots that emulate Frankenstein's monster by combining organic animal parts with mechanical components, until now. Meet "Slugbot."
Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel
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8/5/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.
X20 I/O Implements OPC UA Pub/Sub
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
A new X20 I/O system bus controller from B&R Industrial Automation makes it possible to implement OPC UA communication from sensors to the ERP layer without using any interfaces, or a connected PLC.
Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Comes to Autonomous Cars
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
An expanded hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test system from National Instruments promises to offer a better way to test engineering’s most complex products, from defense aircraft to autonomous cars.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
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8/4/2016  1 comment
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
Researchers Photograph Heat Moving Through Materials at Nanoscale
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
When it comes to materials science, a better understanding of how heat moves through materials at the atomic level would go a long way toward improving the design process.
A Look at NASA's Fabled X-Planes
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8/3/2016  12 comments
Here's a look at some of NASA’s greatest experiemntal planes, from Chuck Yeager’s X-1 to the hypersonic X-15 to the abandoned X-30 and beyond.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
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8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
Innovators working with an effort called Project Escher at design software firm will soon release a new software product that should greatly increase the performance of 3D printing. The new solution applies a parallel processing model to 3D printing, by supporting a new type of hardware that engages multiple nozzles to produce a single item.
SIGGRAPH 2016: The Best Emerging Interactive Technologies
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Real-time facial reenactment, VR that lets you feel without gloves, the next stage for augmented reality, and a novel system for materials design: Take a look at some of the most exciting research and emerging innovations featured at SIGGRAPH 2016.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
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8/2/2016  3 comments
For years, energy usage was not even a major design priority for machinery and equipment suppliers but, with rising costs and concerns, it suddenly became a hot engineering topic.
5 Tips For Using a Software Architecture
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8/2/2016  6 comments
Despite the increasing complexity that many embedded products are experiencing, my interactions with a few dozen clients has shown me that software architecture is heavily neglected and in many cases misunderstood.
Spiders Inspire Stronger Materials That Manipulate Sound, Heat
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Researchers are taking inspiration from how spider silk transmits sound to inspire stronger materials that manipulate both sound and heat.
Astronaut Grissom Didn’t Hit the Chicken Switch
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8/1/2016  10 comments
Fifty-five years after the fact, a new book lends support to astronaut Gus Grissom's claim that he didn't hit the "chicken switch."
Synthetic, 'Smart' Cells Can Remember, Respond to Events
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
In a step forward for synthetic biology, researchers at MIT have programmed cells that can remember and respond to a series of events. The work allows for the engineering of cells within the human body that can sense disease and respond appropriately, as well as other next-generation medical applications.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
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7/29/2016  7 comments
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
Startup Otto Demos the Feasibility of Self-Driving Trucks
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7/29/2016  28 comments
A San Francisco startup called Otto came out of stealth mode recently and released a dramatic video demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving trucks.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
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7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
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7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Fabrication Simplified for Medical Microrobots
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
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