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Overmolding Gets Big Boost from Proto Labs
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9/30/2016  Post a comment
Proto Labs, known for its super-fast-turn prototyping and low-volume production services with multiple materials and processes, has added another service to its repertoire: rapid overmolding.
GM Will Use EV Batteries to Store Renewable Energy
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9/23/2016  4 comments
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
Sensor's Resolution Is Less Than the Diameter of an Atom
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A new linear encoder will offer measurement resolution of about 31 picometers -- less than the diameter of an atom -- when it hits the market in prototype form later this year.
NAVAIR Flies First 3D-Printed Safety-Critical Part
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9/22/2016  Post a comment
The test flight at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland was the first time a US Navy aircraft has flown with a part made with additive manufacturing (AM) that's considered essential to maintaining a safe flight.
Coupling Offers Greater Concentricity for High-Speed Spindles
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9/21/2016  Post a comment
A new coupling for high-speed spindle motors promises greater shaft concentricity and smoother running for milling and grinding machines.
Metals AM Tech Joins CNC in Lower-Cost Hybrid Machines
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9/16/2016  Post a comment
Three new commercial systems unveiled at IMTS combine Optomec's LENS blown powder metal AM print engine technology with Fryer Machine Systems' conventional compact mill CNC vertical milling platforms. They're priced far below typical hybrid systems.
Watch This 3D Printing Composite Filament Easily Survive Torture Test
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9/8/2016  Post a comment
A very tough, resilient, and lightweight 3D printing composite filament called FilaOne Gray can hold more than 1,000 times its own weight and bends instead of breaking. The secret? Carbon nanotube reinforcement.
Suppliers Offer Faster Servos, Safer Motion, and Eco-Friendly Power Supplies
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9/5/2016  Post a comment
New automation and motion products from Yaskawa, Pilz, and TDK-Lambda meet the growing trends of faster, more efficient, and cleaner motion equipment.
Belden's New System Taps Into Plant Data From Afar
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8/30/2016  Post a comment
Belden and Secomea have developed a remote access system that gives users a plug-and-play connection to plant assets.
Stratasys Will Show Breakthrough 3D Printing Tech at IMTS
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8/29/2016  Post a comment
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
IoT Sensor Systems: Start With a Clear Vision of Success
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8/25/2016  Post a comment
Determining the quantities and location of sensors in an Internet of Things application requires a thorough problem statement and a clear vision of success, an expert will tell engineers at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Earbuds: The New Sensor Solution for Heart Monitoring
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8/23/2016  Post a comment
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
Safety Advances for Plant Robots
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8/19/2016  Post a comment
ABB's SafeMove2 provides a robot safety system designed to allow robots and humans to work side-by-side.
New Composite Recycling & Repair Method is Easy & Cheap
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8/18/2016  Post a comment
A cheap and easy new technique from Georgia Tech can recycle almost 100% of the materials in some types of thermoset epoxy-based carbon fiber composites, and also functions as a repair method for surface damage.
Industrial 3D Printer Cuts Process Time In Half
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8/12/2016  Post a comment
The new industrial extrusion desktop 3D printer from Rize eliminates post-processing, cutting turnaround time by 50%. It also boasts non-toxic and recyclable materials with aerospace- and medical-grade strength, and the ability to 3D print text and images directly on the part.
LabVIEW 2016 Adds New Channel, Ups NI's Investment in IIoT
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
The latest version of NI's LabVIEW software maintains its roots while being tailor-made for developing IIoT devices and systems.
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  82 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.
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