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Silicone Materials Expand LED Lighting Design
Product News 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Dow Corning has introduced optical silicone materials that will help LED lamp and luminaire makers expand design possibilities and speed up manufacturing.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
News 
4/3/2014  2 comments
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
News 
4/2/2014  15 comments
Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driver’s smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
Laser Cutting Technique Could Improve Fuel Injection
Product News 
3/31/2014  2 comments
A new laser could make it easier and faster to cut precise spray holes in fuel injectors, ultimately helping automakers to boost the fuel economy of their engines.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
News 
3/28/2014  26 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Final Airplane Parts
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3/26/2014  13 comments
Airbus is moving in a major way into 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing -- not just prototyping parts, but making final, end-product components.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
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3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
News 
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Researchers Develop Living Liquid Crystal
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3/18/2014  2 comments
Researchers have developed a type of liquid crystal that has the properties of a living organism, which may improve early disease detection.
Georgia Tech Invests in Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE to Prepare Next-Gen Designers
News 
3/17/2014  2 comments
Georgia Tech recently announced that it purchased 10,000 licenses for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE to support its engineering community in designing the next wave of innovative design works.
Virtualization Platform Simplifies Machine Design
Product News 
3/14/2014  3 comments
Machine builders looking for a way to combine multiple embedded functions onto a single hardware platform may now have a simpler solution.
Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
News 
3/13/2014  34 comments
We’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Slideshow: Venom GT Clocks in at Record 270 MPH
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3/10/2014  27 comments
The world record for a two-seat sports car tumbled last month, as a Hennessey Venom GT hit a max speed of 270 mph.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Wilocity Chipset to Deliver WiGig Speed to Mobile Devices
Product News 
2/26/2014  13 comments
Wilocity has developed a WiGig chipset for mobile phones that will bring lightning-fast wireless capability based on the 802.11ad standard to a new range of devices.
Siemens Introduces Entry-Level CNC for Milling & Turning Applications
Product News 
2/25/2014  Post a comment
Siemens Industry's new Sinumerik 808D Advanced CNC is designed for basic milling and turning machines. Affordably priced for the OEM, this new addition from offers a suite of design features to improve the accuracy, surface finish, safety, and communication of the control.
Rugged Router Fights Cyber Foes
Product News 
2/12/2014  16 comments
Belden's Eagle One router is designed to fight network intrusions while operating in harsh environments.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
News 
2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
ACS ServoBoost Algorithm Boosts Servo Performance
Product News 
1/31/2014  1 comment
ACS Motion Control's ServoBoost algorithm was designed to identify disturbances in real-time while also analyzing the root cause, compensating for it, and attenuating its impact. This results in decreased move and settle time, the ability to handle significant changes in load, and the elimination of cogging and similar issues.
Wearable Device Treats Pain of Diabetes-Caused Nerve Damage
Product News 
1/29/2014  13 comments
The Sensus Pain Management Device is attached to a wearable plastic band that looks similar to a device used to measure a person’s heart rate when performing a cardiovascular activity.
Teardown Time Warp: A Look Inside the Mac 128K
Product News 
1/27/2014  45 comments
For the Mac 128K's 30th anniversary, the folks at iFixit are taking us back to 1984, with a detailed look inside the machine.
Slideshow: Why Ford Was Able to Use Aluminum in F-150 Truck
News 
1/24/2014  44 comments
If the aluminum body in the new F-150 pickup is successful, Ford Motor Co. can thank the engineers at Aston Martin and Jaguar.
GE Gets a Touch Closer to Automation Data
Product News 
1/24/2014  10 comments
GE releases a touchscreen device that brings plant control and historical data together on one tablet-like product.
Did Boeing Battery Work as Designed?
News 
1/17/2014  24 comments
Boeing officials insist that a smoking 787 Dreamliner battery worked as designed, but battery experts aren't heaping praise on the aircraft manufacturer.
CES 2014: Analog Devices Rolls Out Audio Processor
Product News 
1/15/2014  6 comments
Audio applications ranging from automotive headsets to home speakers may get a boost from a new processor that packs three times as much signal processing capability in a package that's about half the size of its predecessors.
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
Product News 
1/13/2014  5 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
bRight Switch Invents Android-Powered Homes
Product News 
1/10/2014  14 comments
Bellatrix Systems has invented a smart home electrical switching system that lets people program their lights and other devices from a touchscreen interface on the wall.
Spiral Ring, Wave Spring Simplify Setting of Tapered Roller Bearings
Product News 
1/7/2014  2 comments
Tapered bearings are used on a variety of equipment and machinery, including automobile wheel bearing assemblies, agriculture, construction and mining equipment, as well as gear boxes, engine motors, and reducers.
An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/6/2014  7 comments
Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
Slideshow: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown
Product News 
1/3/2014  8 comments
After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.
ABB Adds More Human Intelligence to Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/2/2014  4 comments
ABB has consolidated software that previously was available separately into an Integrated Force Control package that gives industrial robots more intelligent tactile sensing technology.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
Product News 
12/27/2013  16 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
Quintic's Chipset Is Optimized for Wearable Tech
Product News 
12/27/2013  10 comments
Quintic's 9020 is the first product from the company’s wearable platform roadmap, which aims to provide specific chipsets with better battery life, increased wireless performance, and other enhancements. It also offers a more sophisticated sensor fusion algorithm, which provides more local intelligence.
Bluetooth Smart Radio Boasts Ultra-Low Power Consumption
Product News 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Imec is offering a new ultra-low-power Bluetooth Smart radio that can consume less than five times the power of current competitive products, and also features a low-memory footprint.
Teardown: Inside Nest Labs' Nest Protect
Product News 
12/11/2013  13 comments
The team at iFixit want to keep you and your home safe. So they tore into Nest Labs' Nest Protect smoke alarm to see what it's made of.
Toolkit Brings Hardware-in-the-Loop Test to Hybrid Cars
Product News 
12/10/2013  5 comments
Hybrid vehicle engineers may now have a way to do hardware-in-the-loop simulation testing, instead of physical dynamometer testing, on the electric motors that propel their cars.
New EV Battery Chemistry Boosts Range, Life
News 
12/5/2013  33 comments
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Datalogic Encoders Offer Motion Control in Automation Systems
Product News 
12/5/2013  5 comments
Datalogic Automation has introduced four specific lines of encoders that enable smart motion control in a range of industrial automation applications.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 
12/4/2013  3 comments
SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  22 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Rockwell Facilitates Implementation of Safety Automation Processes
Product News 
11/27/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation is offering a number of tools to help manufacturers design safer systems.
Tesla to NHTSA: Investigate Our Model S Fires
News 
11/19/2013  20 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation to examine the potential risks associated with “undercarriage strikes” on Tesla’s Model S electric cars.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 
11/19/2013  12 comments
After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
News 
11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Connect Your System to the Outside World
Product News 
11/19/2013  8 comments
Microchip has announced its 24-member PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity (EC) family.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
Honeywell's Distributed Control System Aims at Small, Mid-Sized Plants
Product News 
11/13/2013  10 comments
Honeywell has released a distributed control system (DCS), Experion LX, which is specifically aimed at plants that want an easy-to-use yet multi-function control system.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
News 
11/12/2013  9 comments
Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
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