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Content posted in February 2014
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
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2/28/2014  89 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Free WiFi for Everyone!
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2/25/2014  17 comments
Soon, the Internet will be free and accessible from anywhere in the world thanks to Media Development Investment Fund’s mini-satellite WiFi network.
Oh Snap! Another 3D Printer
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2/24/2014  17 comments
Affordability is key with the Snap3D printer from TJIKO Labs.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
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2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
Revelations From the Manufacturing Show Floor
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2/24/2014  13 comments
Vendors on the floor of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show reveal their opportunities and challenges.
NI's Dr. T.: 'Competition Is Now Ecosystem to Ecosystem'
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2/20/2014  7 comments
Dr. James J. Truchard of National Instruments insists that successful technology companies have to create ecosystems to compete.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
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2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
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2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
MarkForged Unleashes Carbon Fiber 3D Printer on World
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2/17/2014  16 comments
The world's first carbon fiber printer was introduced at SolidWorks world 2014.
Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
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2/17/2014  45 comments
A UK-based company is developing solar-cell technology that could help advance the market for integrating solar energy-harvesting glass into commercial buildings.
Pains & Gains on Tech Street
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2/14/2014  12 comments
Word on the showfloor at Pacific Design & Manufacturing reveals manufacturing trends.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
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2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
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2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
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2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
3 Questions Answered by an Energy Harvesting Expert
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2/11/2014  18 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently sat down with Yogesh Ramadass, a design engineer with Texas Instruments and an expert on the subject of energy harvesting. He asked him some pertinent questions on the subject.
Learning Labs Explore New Tech for Manufacturing
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2/10/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs cover a wide range of new technologies appearing in modern plants, and you’ll get an opportunity to attend five programs on emerging technology for manufacturing at next week’s Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Video: Double Robotics Gives Telecommuters a Virtual Office Presence
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2/7/2014  14 comments
Once the topic of debate about its validity to the workplace, telecommuting has now become an integral and sometimes even necessary part of the modern work style.
Learning Labs Offer a Path to Quality
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2/7/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., February 11 through 13, will offer two Learning Labs that focus on quality issues.
Learning Labs Looks at Vision Systems
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2/6/2014  3 comments
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show will explore new developments in vision systems.
Technology Prompts New Plastics Machinery Safety Standards
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2/5/2014  3 comments
Technology developments in plastics machinery has prompted new safety standards.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
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2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
Reshoring's a Reality – Manufacturing's Coming Back
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2/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at A.T. Kearney see a definite trend in manufacturers bringing their production back to North America.
Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer
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2/3/2014  8 comments
Stratasys came out swinging at SolidWorks World 2014, unveiling its high-end, multi-material 3D printer –- the Objet500 Connex3.
Manufacturing Robot Can Touch & See
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2/3/2014  47 comments
ABB Robotics has worked with Ford Motor Company to develop robots with real-time tactile feedback for delicate assembly and machining.




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Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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