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Car-Pulling Microbots Inspired by Ants
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3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have developed microrobots inspired by ants that can pull large loads that outweigh them considerably.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
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3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
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3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
SolidWorks Is Using Big Data to Improve User Experience
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3/24/2016  Post a comment
SolidWorks has been gathering user experience data for 15 years. Now the company has decided to study that data to enhance its products.
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
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3/23/2016  11 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
Andrew Grove, Semiconductor Pioneer and Former Intel CEO, Dies at 79
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3/23/2016  9 comments
Silicon Valley legend Andrew Grove, the man who put "Intel Inside" and spurred proliferation of microprocessors, has died at the age of 79.
Seaweed-Based Materials Favored over Plastic For Packaging
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3/23/2016  1 comment
A Japanese design group called AMAN is exploring how agar, a gelatinous substance found in seaweed, can be used as a basis for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 2
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3/21/2016  Post a comment
This second part of a two-part series examines the roles of the four main participants in the cold forming value chain.
The Most Innovative Products at SXSW Interactive 2016
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3/18/2016  1 comment
Earbuds that give you superhuman hearing, portable apartments, and plant-like robots make up some of the technologies that won the 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 1
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3/18/2016  Post a comment
This is the first part of a two-part series that looks at the material science of cold forming.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality
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3/17/2016  Post a comment
At present, new vehicles actually have the ability to receive updates. Even the cars that do support over-the-air (OTA) updates are only designed to update the infotainment or telematics systems.
Quality at the Heart of PLM
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3/16/2016  1 comment
Quality tools are getting embedded in PLM systems to help design engineers manage quality data.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
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3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
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3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Desert-Inspired Materials Harvest Water From the Air
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3/9/2016  1 comment
Harvard University researchers have drawn inspiration from desert-dwelling plants and insects to develop materials that can harvest water droplets from thin air.
GE Adopts OPC UA as Its IIoT and Security Standard
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3/8/2016  1 comment
As OPC UA continues to grow in popularity as an IIoT protocol, GE is the latest company that has decided to standardize it.
QuickSilver Controls Resurrects the Long-Popular SilverMax Hybrid Servomotor
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3/8/2016  Post a comment
QuickSilver Controls has brought its SilverMax integrated hybrid servomotor line out of retirement with some new capabilities and enhancements for the non-integrated space.
Chaos Reigns Firmware Development. Why Does It Have to Be That Way?
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3/7/2016  9 comments
Remember Pat Benatar's song about battlefields? Same goes with embedded development as with love. Here are ways engineers can work to get a project from devolving into disarray.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
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3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
How 7 HMIs Wow the Tech World
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3/4/2016  2 comments
The consumer-powered technology trends in new industrial HMI products become easily evident from a look at the latest offerings, which demonstrate how vendors are investing their development dollars.
Renesas Synergy: A Peek Under the Hood
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3/4/2016  Post a comment
Recently, Renesas released a new development platform known as Synergy, whose purpose is to decrease development time for basic software components and RTOSs by providing qualified and tested software components. Does it live up to the fanfare?
Who'd Thunk It? Arduino and PLCs Hook Up Via RS232 and Modbus
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3/3/2016  Post a comment
There is a thriving online developer community using RS232, Arduinos, and PLCs to build industrial and home automation systems on the familiar serial communication protocol Modbus.
3D Vision Sensing Is Elevating Robotic Random Bin Picking
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3/3/2016  Post a comment
Sophisticated vision sensors and integrated software tools are delivering fast recognition of complex parts to reduce bin picking cycle times.
MapleSim Update Moves Forward on Multidisciplinary System-Level Modeling
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3/3/2016  Post a comment
Recent updates to the modeling and simulation platform developed by Maplesoft are intended to let designers and engineers know "what works and what doesn't" in large, complex, multidomain systems.
Readers Respond to Bernie Sanders' Energy Plan
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3/2/2016  40 comments
Our recent article on the viability of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ energy plan showed a sharp split in the beliefs of Design News readers.
Hello There! Huh? Read This, and You’ll Understand
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3/2/2016  Post a comment
Design & Manufacturing New England returns once again to deliver hands-on access to the latest design engineering and manufacturing technologies and education to help you stay ahead of the competition.
ABB Introduces Its First SCARA Robot with un-SCARA-like Performance
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3/2/2016  1 comment
ABB has announced a first-ever line of SCARA robots -- with a twist that these small robots are targeting applications that require fast, repeatable, and precise motions not typically associated with robotics.
Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Technology and Energy?
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3/1/2016  11 comments
We've created a roundup to help you understand where all the Democratic, Republican, and Third-Party Presidential candidates still running stand on issues related to science, technology, energy, and oil.
Condition Monitoring, Predictive Analytics Materializing in the IoT
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3/1/2016  1 comment
Most manufacturing operations would put maintenance on the top of their pain lists. Lessening that pain is the long-promised ability to know when a machine is about to go down and do something about it.
Microchip Reinforces Commitment to 8-Bit Development with New Offerings
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3/1/2016  Post a comment
Microchip Technology has been unveiling a slew of new hardware and software to prop up its 8-bit tool chain. What are the latest goodies for the 8-bit developer?
UK Firms Want to Close the Loop on Aerospace CAD and CAE
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3/1/2016  Post a comment
International Techne Group and Cambridge Flow Solutions recently announced that they have been jointly awarded a UK government grant worth US$1.7 million to marry their aerospace design tools.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
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2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
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2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
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2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
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2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Watch These 7 Humanoid Robots Serve Their Human Masters
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2/26/2016  8 comments
What are humanoid robots? Most of them sort into two general categories. This time, we'll look at obviously mechanical objects shaped like people, like the earlier Terminator models before SkyNet wised up and made them look like Ahnald.
Industrial HMIs: Multi-Touch Is All the Rage These Days
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2/26/2016  Post a comment
The evolution of machine interfaces is being driven by touch technology, HTML 5, and the need for platform-agnostic solutions.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
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2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
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2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Feb. 21-26, 2016)
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2/26/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (February 21-26, 2016).
10 of the Greatest Inventions by African-Americans
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2/25/2016  13 comments
If you've turned on your lights, safely navigated traffic, played video games, or had a a water gun fight in your lifetime, you have these black inventors to thank. Design News celebrates Black History Month with a look at some of the greatest inventions created by African-Americans.
Frozen Oil Inspires New Shape-shifting Materials
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2/25/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have used the changing composition of oil as inspiration for a new method for generating complex shapes, paving the way for new shape-shifting materials with a range of applications.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
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2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
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2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
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2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Industry 4.0 – Not Here Yet, But It’s Coming
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2/24/2016  2 comments
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing session on Industry 4.0 says advanced manufacturing is on its way, but it's coming slowly.
Seen in Anaheim: Bosch Rexroth's Linear Motor Transfer System
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2/24/2016  Post a comment
A new linear-motor-based transfer system promises to speed handling of products for biomedical, automotive, and packaging industries, as well as any other application that needs fast, precise assembly.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
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2/23/2016  8 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
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2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Seen in Anaheim: Gadget Freaks Race Their Slot Cars
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2/23/2016  Post a comment
Participants at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show showed off their Gadget Freak slot-car skills.
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