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Content posted in August 2013
Surfing in 3D: Printed Boards Make Waves in Custom Design
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8/29/2013  36 comments
Chicago-based startup MADE Boards uses a mobile app that collects user data to design custom surf, sail, and paddle boards and then produces them through 3D printing for customers.
Jobs Was a Genius; the Movie Not So Much
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8/28/2013  16 comments
The movie's producers tried to sum up Jobs's entire professional career in two hours, too many significant parts were left out, and the movie did not accurately show the genius that Jobs was.
Researchers Build Concrete-Composite Offshore Floating Wind Turbine
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8/28/2013  16 comments
The first floating wind turbine was recently deployed offshore in Brewer, Maine, developed by a team at the University of Maine and supported by the Energy Department, which is ardently backing the future use of offshore wind turbine installations.
Slideshow: Are You Being Fairly Paid?
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8/27/2013  12 comments
Although engineering salaries are up, only 27 percent of engineers say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload.
Robotic Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Back Onshore
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8/27/2013  10 comments
Steve Kruse, a senior applications engineer at Bastian Solutions, will discuss reshoring and the technologies contributing to it at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest conference. He spoke to us recently about his views on the topic.
Wireless Monitoring of Power Usage by CMU
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8/27/2013  1 comment
Carnegie Mellon University has developed a way to wirelessly monitor power usage using non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM).
Designing Secure Machine Control Networks
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8/27/2013  5 comments
Industrial network security has become a hot topic in the wake of the Stuxnet virus and concerns about all types of Internet site attacks that could cause major damage to industrial machinery.
Modular Systems Are the Way Forward for Motion & Motor Control
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8/26/2013  10 comments
B&R's Corey Morton and Marcel Voigt will speak about modularization and other trends in motion and motor control at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest conference in Chicago, Septempber 10–12.
Bearing Application Solution for Magnetic Clutch Failures
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8/26/2013  Post a comment
We recently asked Richard Spore, a bearing applications engineer for C&U Americas, to define the solution for a problem faced by one of his customers.
Zinc-Based Material Expands Under Pressure
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8/23/2013  20 comments
Oxford scientists have discovered a zinc-based material that expands under pressure instead of contracting.
Silicon Labs Releases New Development Kits for Smart Sensor Design
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8/22/2013  15 comments
Designers of smart sensor systems and other low-power electronics have a new toolkit for building embedded systems using Silicon Labs' EFM32 Wonder Gecko microcontrollers.
Video: Robomotive Humanoid Robot Uses 3D Vision
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8/21/2013  27 comments
A 3D structured-light imaging system helps create the human-like capabilities deployed in the design of a Robomotive humanoid robot jointly developed by Yaskawa Motoman, Beltech, and Robotiq.
Design & Manufacturing Show Is Sure to Attract Engineers From Across the Globe
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8/21/2013  4 comments
3D printing is sure to steal the show at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest Expo held at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 10-12.
MIT Researchers Study Mussels to Develop New Medical, Industrial Materials
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8/21/2013  15 comments
More and more scientists are looking to nature for inspiration for technology, and now mussels are the impetus for new types of adhesive materials thanks to the work of MIT researchers.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
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8/20/2013  20 comments
A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
Slideshow: Design News Product Time Warp
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8/19/2013  15 comments
Take yourself back to August 1958 with a tour of some products that appeared in that month's issue of Design News.
What Have You 3D Printed Lately?
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8/16/2013  37 comments
We've told you about many cool things that have come out of 3D printers in recent months. Now, we want to hear from you.
Molecular Robots Could Help Medications Target Specific Cells
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8/16/2013  12 comments
What if medications could specifically target only the areas inside the body that need repair? That is the promise of molecular nanorobots developed at Columbia University that can zero in on specific human cells and either provide medication or destroy them depending on the appropriate action.
Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
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8/15/2013  41 comments
The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by UCLA researchers.
Robotic Machine-Tending Software Leverages Simulations
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8/13/2013  9 comments
A point of emphasis for industrial robotics going into the future is the trend of suppliers offering simpler software solutions, driven by strong feedback from customers that software complexity is a key difficulty.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
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8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
Company Designs MEMS-Based Energy Harvester for Contact Lenses
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8/8/2013  9 comments
An Irvine, Calif.-based startup has invented an energy-harvesting power source for contact lenses that will enable the next-generation of optically delivered digital and biomedical applications.
USB 3.0 in Industrial Applications
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8/8/2013  7 comments
USB 3.0 has gotten off to a slow start in commercial areas, but acceptance is picking up as people see more and more requirements for high bandwidth operation.
Expert Q&A: The Future of Design, Manufacturing & Automation
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8/7/2013  Post a comment
Here is a sneak-peek Q&A with two of the experts who will be presenting Sept. 11-12 at the Design, Manufacturing & Automation Conference in Chicago.
Boy Scouts Launch Programming Merit Badge
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8/6/2013  27 comments
The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with AutomationDirect.com, Radio Shack, and VEX to create the Programming Merit Badge.
Nike iPhone App Helps Make Products More Sustainable
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8/5/2013  8 comments
Product designers and manufacturers are trying to use materials less likely to harm the planet. Nike is giving them an iPhone app that lets them check the sustainability of their materials.
Servo-Variable Pump Drives Offer Energy Efficiency & Control
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8/5/2013  5 comments
Sytronix servo-variable pump drives from Bosch Rexroth provide a hybrid-type control that combines the advantages of servo technology with hydraulic pump control.
Rockwell Opens Nominations for Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award
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8/5/2013  1 comment
Rockwell Automation is seeking entries for its manufacturing safety excellence award.
Only 500 People in the World Understand Security
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8/2/2013  12 comments
It is important to run the latest versions of all your software.




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