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Content posted in November 2011
Chevy Volt Battery Fires Arouse Investigations
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11/30/2011  17 comments
Are the lithium ion (LiOn) battery used in the Chevy Volt and the car's charging stations involved in recent battery fires?
Standard Solar Cofounder Talks Rooftop Panels
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11/22/2011  24 comments
Standard Solar co-founder Lee Bristol talks about photovoltaic panels and how he started his business.
Slideshow: Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Mini-Teardown
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11/18/2011  18 comments
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet presented a tough packaging and assembly challenge, as revealed via this mini-teardown courtesy of iFixit.com.
3D Inspection Cutting Automotive Defects
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11/18/2011  12 comments
3D machine vision techniques are taking on an increasing role in automobile production lines in a bid to up overall production quality and cut defects.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Fly Via Additive Manufacturing
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11/17/2011  15 comments
Aerospace applications are the fastest-growing sector for direct laser sintering (DLS).
Machine Vision Advances Showcased at Stuttgart Conference
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11/15/2011  14 comments
Medical applications supported by machine vision will be showcased November 8-10 at the Vision 2011 conference in Stuttgart.
Japan Defense Ministry Spins Flying Spherical Robot
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11/11/2011  14 comments
Engineers from Japan's Ministry of Defense demonstrated what they called the "world's first spherical flying machine" at Digital Content Expo 2011.
How Many Interfaces Does Machine Vision Need?
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11/10/2011  7 comments
More camera interfaces for machine vision exist today than since the very beginning of machine vision.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
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11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Industrial Distributors Face Integration Challenge
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11/8/2011  9 comments
Distributors in the industrial, automation, and mechanical engineering sectors are having to adapt to changing requirements among customers as engineers try to differentiate their designs through performance boosts, faster manufacturing cycles, and the need for easier maintenance.
Slideshow: Garmin GPS Teardown
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11/7/2011  7 comments
Design News' sister company, UBM TechInsights, examined the Garmin GTU 10, a relatively small GPS tracking device.
Composites on Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heavily Researched
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11/3/2011  11 comments
Much of what's known about the composites used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes from research by the federal government.
Day in the Life of an Engineer Video Contest
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11/1/2011  Post a comment
Element14 is giving engineers an opportunity to demonstrate the creative process with its "A Day in the Life of an Engineer" video challenge.




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