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These Kickstarter Gadgets Deserve to be Funded
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Human Error Causes Most Engineering Disasters
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9/23/2016  6 comments
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
iPhone 7 Plus Teardown: No Headphone Jack, More Space
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9/22/2016  15 comments
Apple made some controversial decisions with its new iPhone 7 models, so what did they do with the extra space? The latest teardown from iFixit digs under the hood of Apple's new sensor-heavy phone.
BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
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9/22/2016  1 comment
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
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9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
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9/21/2016  2 comments
According to Cambium Networks, the top choice of help during a widespread emergency is the Internet.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
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9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
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9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Experience VR at ESC Minneapolis With GigaParts
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Engineers wanting a first-hand look at the latest virtual reality technologies are going to get their chance at ESC Minneapolis this week.
Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
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9/19/2016  3 comments
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
Massive Air Vehicle Combines Features of Blimps and Airplanes
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9/16/2016  1 comment
Momentum is growing behind a technology that promises to combine the qualities of lighter-than-air airships with traditional fixed-wing aircraft.
SeaCharger Vessel Crosses Pacific Solely on Solar Power
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9/16/2016  6 comments
An autonomous seacraft has become the first unmanned surface vehicle to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii solely on solar power.
New Automation Technology Requires New ROI Calculations
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9/16/2016  Post a comment
A new study from MAPI suggests that automation technology can change production so significantly, it requires a new ROI calculation.
Submit Your Nominations for the ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge Awards
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
Nominations are now being accepted for the ARM TechCon 2016 Innovation Challenge Awards. Highlight your most innovative product today.
VR Is Having a Hard Time, But It's Here to Stay
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9/15/2016  1 comment
While market reports show slow going for virtual reality adoption, noted video game developer Chuck Carter says VR is here to stay, and that video games will be the driving force behind all of its applications, from entertainment to enterprise.
German Startup Crowdfunds Solar-Powered Car
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9/15/2016  19 comments
A German company has crowdfunded a new EV that uses solar power for charging during the day.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
Smart Technology Is Replacing the Knowledgeable Baby Boomer
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9/14/2016  7 comments
Advanced manufacturing equipment now provides a level of plant understanding that goes beyond the knowledge of experienced automation engineers.
Eggshell, Bone Used to Develop Eco-Friendly Construction Material
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9/14/2016  1 comment
A researcher at Cambridge University is working to develop construction material that emulates bone and eggshells in an effort to find more environmentally friendly ways to develop buildings for the cities of the future.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
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9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
'Sewbo' Robot System Automates Fabric Sewing in 3D
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9/13/2016  Post a comment
An industrial robot arm works with a sewing machine to construct an entire garment, not previously possible because of the inability of most robotic arms to handle limp, flexible fabrics.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
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9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
IoT Needs Security All the Way Down to the Sensors
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9/12/2016  3 comments
Embedded applications are far more vulnerable to security risks than most engineers realize, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
New Polymers Pave the Way for Innovation in Solar, Medical Fields
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9/12/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT and Singapore University have developed shape-memory polymers that can spring back to their natural shapes even after being drastically bent and twisted.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
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9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
When Manufacturing Becomes a Video Game
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9/9/2016  1 comment
Advances in manufacturing are pushing the plant toward a fully digital operation with flexibility, speed, and efficiency.
Radio Technology Lets Wearables Piggyback on Power from Larger Devices
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9/9/2016  Post a comment
New radio technology from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows low-power devices to run by piggybacking on power from larger devices
The iPhone 7 Is Crammed With New Sensor Technologies
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9/8/2016  22 comments
With the iPhone 7, Apple has finally made an iPhone upgrade that is more function than form, with a number of improvements in the device's sensor and chip technologies and a farewell to a consumer favorite analog technology.
Hybrid Solar-Energy Harvester Aims for 50% Efficiency
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9/8/2016  3 comments
A research team from Purdue University has created a hybrid system that harvests light and heat from the sun and uses steam to create energy.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
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9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Why Electric Motors Should Be Assembled by Bonding
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9/7/2016  3 comments
As motors become smaller and more powerful, adhesive bonding gains in popularity, and the variety of materials and surfaces it can be used on expands, more and more engineers are likely to consider using it for their applications.
Tech Trivia: Know Your Stuff? Win Some Stuff.
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9/7/2016  Post a comment
Think you’re smart? Prove it. Come down to the ESC all-for-fun tech trivia session and maybe win a prize.
The Hidden Story of NASA’s African-American Women Mathematicians
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9/6/2016  10 comments
With the film Hidden Figures set to tell their stories on big screen for the first time, we take a look at the real lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three little-known African-American mathematicians who played key roles in the early days NASA's space program.
Qualcomm Targets Its New VR Development Platform at OEMs
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9/6/2016  2 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820VR looks like any other virtual reality (VR) headset, but its actually part of a plan by the company to enable OEMs to develop their own VR hardware and applications.
The 'SAW' Robot Uses One Motor to Crawl, Climb, and Swim
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9/6/2016  1 comment
The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) is the first to produce a continuously advancing sine wave with a single motor for locomotion. It can crawl both forward and backward, climb, and swim over long distances.
Plastics: More Powerful Than You Might Think
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9/2/2016  Post a comment
In a Tech Round-Up e-book, “Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power,” Design News looks at the power of modern day plastics for design and engineering.
Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response
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9/1/2016  Post a comment
Alan Grau of Icon Labs analyzes new cyber threats and emerging protection strategies.
‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
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8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
'Octobot' Is the First Autonomous Soft Robot
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
A new proof-of-concept robot from Harvard's Wyss Institute shows that it may one day be possible to build sophisticated autonomous robots without any hard components.
The Shop Floor Slowly Adopts Mobile Technology
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8/31/2016  Post a comment
Mobile technology is slowly gaining ground on the plant floor, even with indications of high ROI.
The 9 Worst Apple Products of All Time
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8/30/2016  6 comments
Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.
Auto & Aerospace Eco Mandates Are in Siemens' Crosshairs
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8/30/2016  Post a comment
Siemens' new version of Imagine Lab was designed to help the automotive and aerospace industries meet environmental mandates.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
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8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
3 Recommendations for Reducing the Costs and Complexities of Certifying Smart Appliances
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8/29/2016  Post a comment
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers. 
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  2 comments
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.
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Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
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