Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
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.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
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.
LEDs Spearhead Drive Toward Intelligent Headlamps
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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.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
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.
X20 I/O Implements OPC UA Pub/Sub
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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.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
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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.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
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
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.
Synthetic, 'Smart' Cells Can Remember, Respond to Events
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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.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
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.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
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.
Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
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