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Content posted in October 2013
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
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10/31/2013  6 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Teardown: Inside the Anki Drive System
Product News 
10/30/2013  9 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again, this time tearing into the Anki Drive System. Come along for the ride.
Thinfilm Offers Printed-Electronics Standalone Sensor System
Product News 
10/30/2013  9 comments
Norwegian company Thinfilm claims it’s built the first standalone smart-label sensor from printed electronics, a battery-driven system that can be used to provide temperature management for perishable goods.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
News 
10/30/2013  6 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Festo's Pneumatic Valve Terminal Offers More Control Options
Product News 
10/25/2013  5 comments
Festo has released a new pneumatic valve terminal for machine builders that provides more control options in a compact package, making it a good option for standardization on one terminal.
Freescale's ARM-Based Processor Is for Industrial Control, Networking
Product News 
10/24/2013  3 comments
Developers of industrial robots and automation systems will soon have a family of processors from Freescale Semiconductor that combine the functionality of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers in a single chip.
Teardown: Inside the iMac Intel 21.5 Inch
Product News 
10/23/2013  4 comments
This Apple iMac appears to be identical to its predecessor, but there was only one way to find out the truth. Take a tour as we tear apart the Apple iMac 21.5 Inch.
Maplesoft Adds Advanced Hydraulics Library to Modeling & Simulation Tool
Product News 
10/22/2013  6 comments
Maplesoft has integrated a library of hydraulics components into its MapleSim modeling, analysis, and simulation tool to make it easier for engineers to design hydraulics systems.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 
10/21/2013  15 comments
In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
News 
10/21/2013  20 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
Touchscreen Controller Brings Active Performance to Passive Stylus
Product News 
10/18/2013  6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor's touchscreen controller delivers active stylus-type performance to superphones, e-readers, and tablets, in a low-cost, passive-style format.
Slideshow: Inside the Kindle Fire HDX
Product News 
10/16/2013  5 comments
We tore the guts out of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7 Inch. Take a look inside of the latest in the company's e-reader lineup.
Advantech Bridges the Gap Between Control & Communication
Product News 
10/15/2013  5 comments
Advantech's latest controller combines control technology with communications to make it easier to implement factory-wide data acquisition and control applications.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD 2013 Teardown
Product News 
10/10/2013  12 comments
Take a look inside this year's Kindle Fire HD and see what Amazon has in store with the latest iteration of its e-reader gone tablet.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 
10/3/2013  20 comments
The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
ADI Processor Targets Industrial Motors, Solar Inverters
Product News 
10/1/2013  6 comments
Analog Devices' new mixed signal processor could fill a growing need for more precise motor control in industrial applications.




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