What Engineers Can Learn from the Maker Movement
Electronics News 4/14/2016
The so-called “maker movement” may not be big on degrees and formal training, but it can teach the engineering community valuable lessons in product design, an expert at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference said this week.
What Do You Think of Bernie Sanders’ Energy Plan?
Electronics News 2/18/2016
Much has been made of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ promises of subsidized college and health care, but there’s more to his platform than that. His plan for the future of US energy is such a departure from the status quo that it should be of interest to every engineer.
Making an Internet of Secure Things
Electronics News 11/4/2015
By now, most engineers know that embedded applications are vulnerable to cyber attack. That knowledge, however, isn’t necessarily translating to action.
Do You Prefer Knobs or Touch Screens?
Electronics News 10/9/2015
Even as an increasing number of instrument manufacturers migrate toward modern touch screens, many engineers say they still prefer the tactile feel of knobs and buttons, a new survey says.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
Electronics News 4/9/2015
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 3/19/2015
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Wireless Gaining Momentum in Remote Monitoring
Electronics News 3/6/2015
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
Learn How to Write Simple Embedded C Applications
Electronics News 1/28/2015
If you’re developing an embedded monitoring and control application, then you’ll want to take note of the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler."
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 1/19/2015
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
Slideshow: A Look at American Motorcycles
Electronics News 12/10/2014
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
Engineering Disasters: A Deadly Mistake in Kansas City
Electronics News 11/13/2014
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.