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Content posted in July 2011
Embedded Multicore Goes Mainstream
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7/26/2011  4 comments
Multicore designs of four or more processors on a single chip are cheap enough for embedded and industrial applications, but not all multicore processors are appropriate for the task.
3D Printer Kit Ordering Woes
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7/21/2011  6 comments
Guest blogger and additive manufacturing maven Todd Grimm describes the sometimes frustrating process of ordering a kit to produce three-dimensional parts from common plastics.
A New Modeler From Spatial?
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7/19/2011  6 comments
Spatial's recent announcement of its Convergence Geometric Modeler may not be a major product release, but it's still big news.
Are Smart Grids on the Verge of Viability?
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7/12/2011  5 comments
California utility "grand plans" headline a summer of new smart grid activity, but have we really seen much progress since the 2008-2009 boom and bust?
How Engineering Progress Precipitates Crime
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7/11/2011  4 comments
Innovation is occurring so rapidly that criminals are often able to exploit vulnerabilities before they’re even known to the manufacturer or designer.
It's Time for a Straight Pitch on Green Polymers
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7/5/2011  5 comments
A feedstock shortage pushed Arkema to develop a renewable feedstock for Plexiglas acrylic, but the pitch is all about saving the world.




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