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A New Test Instrument From NI Boosts Bandwidth
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
A new 1-GHz vector signal transceiver promises to offer expanded test capabilities for engineers involved in applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to semiconductors and defense.
Liquid Metals Aren't Easy to 3D Print, But These Companies Are Doing it
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7/13/2016  Post a comment
Heraeus and Exmet have successfully 3D printed amorphous metals. This is no small feat: these materials, also called liquid metals or metallic glass, haven't exactly been easy to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.
Lighten Up Your Composite & Multimaterial Assemblies
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6/29/2016  Post a comment
A new fixings and fastening system for assembling structural, load-bearing composite components promises 54% better adhesion, plus less weight and better mechanical performance than current composite fixing designs.
NASA Wants to Put Electric Planes in the Air by 2018
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6/28/2016  5 comments
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
3D-Printed Plastic Parts Are As Strong As Aluminum
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6/17/2016  1 comment
Global 3D printing production network 3D Hubs is now offering new engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon composites that rival aluminum in strength.
What Do Engineers Think of Trump’s Energy Plan?
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6/8/2016  81 comments
Donald Trump’s recent release of an “energy plan” offered no policy details, but left little doubt as to where the Republican presidential candidate stands on the subject of green energy.
MathWorks Aims to Simplify 5G Wireless
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
New simulation capabilities from The MathWorks could enable engineers to simplify the task of designing 5G wireless products.
Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean
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5/30/2016  Post a comment
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Make Big, Stronger Parts With Near-Net Shape Technology
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
RF Development Made Easy Thanks to New Radio Tech
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has unveiled a radio transceiver and design environment that promises to dramatically reduce the time required to develop RF-based applications.
MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step
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5/13/2016  Post a comment
The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.
Product Line Engineering Gets a Visual Makeover
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
BigLever and No Magic have created an integrated connection to give PLE a visual model.
Fast and Cheap Carbon Composite Repair & Recycling
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5/5/2016  Post a comment
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!
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5/4/2016  1 comment
A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.
NI Enhances Equipment Monitoring Tools
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5/4/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has expanded the capabilities of its NI InsightCM Enterprise platform.
Oscilloscope Adds New Dimension to Motor-Drive Analysis
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
Partnership Sends Sensor Data into the Cloud
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4/27/2016  Post a comment
BinCom is an IIoT system that includes sensors as well as the cloud-based software for data management and analytics.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Rollon Releases Plug-and-Play Linear Robot
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4/19/2016  Post a comment
Rollon's Motion Box is a pre-configured Cartesian robot, ready for set-up out of the box.
NXP’s New Dev Kit Simplifies Home Automation
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has released a software development kit that works with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling design engineers to automate thermostats, door locks, and other home products using Kinetis microcontrollers.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
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3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
This Adapter Transfers Design Changes Automatically from PLM to ERP
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3/30/2016  Post a comment
Arena Solutions and Triniti have created an adapter designed to automate the process of transferring changed product data from Arena to Oracle ERP, avoiding manual entry errors and ensuring that Oracle ERP is up-to-date.
Carbon Fiber Composites Recycled to Virgin Material on the Cheap
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3/22/2016  10 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have figured out how to do what many thought was impossible: recycle carbon fiber composites into new material with virgin strength characteristics, cheaply and quickly.
Evolve 2015 Blends Hybrid Industrial Modeling and Rendering
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3/4/2016  1 comment
Evolve 2015 from solidThinking allows designers to shift from surface to solid to polygonal modeling.
Arrow Speeds Design with SiliconExpert
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3/2/2016  Post a comment
Arrow has collaborated with Cadence in order to create shortcuts in the design process.
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
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3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
Enhanced Security Comes to the Autodesk Developer Network
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2/29/2016  Post a comment
Autodesk is now offering the CAD file protection tool FinalCode to the Autodesk Developer Network.
Pneumatic Valve Cuts Size, Weight of Handheld Medical Devices
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2/25/2016  Post a comment
A tiny poppet valve with a current-saving design could enable engineers to develop smaller, lighter handheld medical products.
New Test Solution Simplifies Interconnect Characterization
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2/19/2016  Post a comment
A new solution enables novice engineers to make complex measurements on devices under test, ranging from telecom and medical equipment to laptops and mainframes.
Renesas, SEVENSTAX Team Up for Secure PROFINET for IIoT
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2/15/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics Europe and SEVENSTAX have teamed up to provide a secure connectivity solution for PROFINET to support the IIoT.
'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
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2/11/2016  6 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
Renesas Demos Servo Drive on a Chip
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. rolled out what is believed to be the first industrial servo drive on a chip at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
NI Releases Enhanced Version of the All-in-One Test Package, VirtualBench
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2/8/2016  1 comment
National Instruments has introduced an enhanced version of its software-based test package, VirtualBench.
Development Kit Speeds Creation of IoT Demos
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2/1/2016  Post a comment
A new “rapid prototyping tool” enables developers to bring Internet of Things (IoT) designs to life more quickly.
TI Rolls Industry’s First On-Chip Solution for Analog, Digital Position Sensors
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1/28/2016  5 comments
A new system-on-chip solution enables developers to more easily incorporate digital and analog position sensors, thereby simplifying the development of industrial robots, elevators, CNC machines, material conveyance systems, and servo applications of virtually all types.
Aerojet Will Set 3DP Rocket Engine Standards for the US Air Force
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1/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Air Force has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne to define standards for qualifying 3D printed components used in liquid-fueled rocket engines.
ON Semiconductor Releases Highest Resolution CCD Image Sensor
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has released its highest resolution Interline Transfer CCD image sensor, providing high resolution without sacrificing image uniformity and global shutter architecture.
Industrial PC Stands Up To Heavy Duty Harshness
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
A new industrial PC combines ruggedness with high performance, making it a potential candidate for applications ranging from trains and monorails to mining and construction equipment.
Schneider Releases New Lexium Chip-Based Motion Controller for Compact Applications
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1/19/2016  Post a comment
Schneider Electric has released a new, ultra-compact programmable motion controller well suited for applications where space is a concern.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Consultant Shares Secrets Behind Design of Swimmers' Heart Rate Monitor
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12/17/2015  1 comment
An engineer at UBM’s recent Designers of Things conference shared his insight into the trials and tribulations of developing one of the most challenging kinds of wearable products -- a heart rate monitor for swimmers.
Spirol: Edge-Bonded Shims Minimize Assembly Costs for Manufacturers
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12/16/2015  Post a comment
Edge-bonded shims can reduce assembly time and minimize the costs of assembly for manufacturers when used instead of the more common surface-bonded laminated shims, the company outlines in a recent white paper.
Building a Better Mousetrap at the Designers of Things Conference
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12/14/2015  1 comment
UBM’s recent Designers of Things Conference in San Jose highlighted the work, not only of materials and components suppliers, but of the makers of innovative products from around the world.
Software Tool Secures Hydraulics' Role in Factories of the Future
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12/8/2015  Post a comment
To meet the needs of the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, Bosch Rexroth AG is rolling out a hydraulic power package featuring a smart software tool that targets the needs of the future factory.
Here's the Cure for Problems Facing the Internet of Things
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12/3/2015  3 comments
The Internet of Things is broken and needs ARM-based field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to fix it, an expert told engineers at UBM’s Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
ABB Introduces Its Largest Industrial Robot Ever
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12/1/2015  Post a comment
The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.
Designers of Things Session Explores 'Digi-Med' Testing
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11/30/2015  Post a comment
Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
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11/29/2015  Post a comment
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
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