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Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
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12/17/2014  Post a comment
DuPont's Hytrel elastomer long used in automotive applications has been used to improve the way marine mooring lines are connected to things like fish farms, oil & gas installations, buoys, and wave energy devices. The new bellow design of the Dynamic Tethers wave protection system acts like a shock absorber, reducing peak loads as much as 70%.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Motion Control Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Motion Control category of our 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Hardware & Software Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Hardware & Software category of our 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Test Finalists
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12/15/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test category of our 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
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12/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
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12/8/2014  3 comments
While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Orion Takes One Small Step Toward Mars
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12/5/2014  18 comments
This morning’s liftoff of NASA’s Orion is the first step in what is expected to be a long and fabled history for the spacecraft. The deep-space craft, launched into orbit on a Delta IV rocket at 7:05 a.m. today, could put astronauts back on the moon in 2020 and take them to Mars by 2030.
Sherlock Holmes Is in the Cloud
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12/5/2014  Post a comment
Alert Logic's Cloud Defender offers software-as-a-service security.
YuMi -- a Robot for You and Me
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12/4/2014  Post a comment
Robotics company ABB Robotics has unveiled YuMi, a human-friendly dual arm robot that plays well with humans. The machine was designed for small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks.
Energy-Harvesting Switches Puts Energy at Your Fingertips
Product News 
12/3/2014  7 comments
Arveni is offering a smart batteryless switch that operates the radio inside with the touch of a finger. The switch can be used to create an intelligent lighting system in a home or office; the radio itself inside the switch also can be used as a common connection point among different smart objects in the home.
Automotive Image Sensor Sees in the Dark
Product News 
12/2/2014  14 comments
A new high-dynamic range image sensor promises to sharpen the night vision of automotive lane departure and collision avoidance systems, and even help set the stage for smarter, self-driving cars.
Digi-Key & Mentor Graphics Collaborate on EDA/CAD Tools
Product News 
12/2/2014  1 comment
Electronic component distributor Digi-Key and PCB producer Mentor Graphics Corp. have developed a professional-level EDA/CAD tool package. The jointly developed Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are available from Digi-Key. The new Mentor Graphics software is part of the company’s recently expanded suite of design tools.
Celebrity Engineer Teams With Mouser on Webisodes
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11/21/2014  4 comments
Celebrity engineer Grant Imahara will host a series of “webisodes” that will examine new technology and innovation from an engineer’s point of view.
We Want to Send You to Italy
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11/21/2014  1 comment
The UX Italia video contest recognizes Italian machinery, technology, and other experience solutions that have contributed meaningful improvements to people’s lives and production processes. If you submit a three-minute video showcasing how the quality of Italian machinery's User eXperience is essential to your company's success, you just may win a trip to Italy.
Development System Could Simplify Automotive Ethernet
Product News 
11/20/2014  1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a development system that aims to help automotive engineers create Ethernet-based multimedia hubs inside the vehicle.
Autodesk Mac CAD Software Makes Cross-Platform Design Easier
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11/17/2014  1 comment
Mac designers who collaborate cross-platform using Autodesk CAD software will find it easier with new 2015 versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT from the longtime design software provider.
This Ambulance Drone Could Save Lives
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11/10/2014  10 comments
How do you improve emergency medical response times in ever crowded cities? The solution could be drones.
Plastic Leg Grows With Young Amputees
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11/4/2014  7 comments
Erin Keaney, a Ph.D student in plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, tells how graduate students at the school crafted a plastic injection-molded prosthetic leg that costs less than $5 to mass produce and can be adjusted to fit a growing child.
COMSOL Ups the Simulation Ante
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11/4/2014  Post a comment
With Multiphysics 5.0 and the new Application Builder, COMSOL software users can now design specialized applications to provide researchers, designers, and manufacturers with access to the power and accuracy of multiphysics simulation.
Microchip Releases 3D TouchPad
Product News 
10/22/2014  3 comments
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
Shellfish-Inspired Glue Sticks Underwater
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10/17/2014  14 comments
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort
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10/15/2014  4 comments
Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.
Tesla Adds All-Wheel Drive, Autopilot to Model S
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10/14/2014  7 comments
In an attempt to broaden the appeal of its Model S electric sedan, Tesla Motors is rolling out all-wheel drive and “Autopilot” features that will make the car smarter, faster, and more efficient.
MATLAB Gets New Graphics System, Integration with Hadoop, GIT, & Subversion
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10/9/2014  Post a comment
A major release of the MATLAB data-analysis tool from The MathWorks Inc. makes it easier to visualize data through a new graphics system and simplifies analysis of large amounts of data.
Design Decisions: When to Choose an Industrial Battery
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10/8/2014  Post a comment
Industrial applications require more robust batteries that can deliver long-term power even in extreme environmental conditions.
Harting's Han on PCB Industrial Solution
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10/1/2014  Post a comment
Watch as Brad Taras, product manager at Harting Inc., explains how Han industrial connectors simplify installation and reduce material costs in circuit board applications.
Harting's 3D MID Technology
Product News 
9/30/2014  2 comments
Senior Technical Editor Chuck Murray gets the skinny on Harting Inc.'s 3D MID technology, which allows users to create a three-dimensional circuit board out of molded plastic.
CTC's Easy-Deploy EtherCAT Master
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9/23/2014  Post a comment
CTC releases EtherCAT Master module for high-performance control of networked servos, stepping motors, and I/O devices.
Stratasys Buys GrabCAD to Strengthen 3D Design Business
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9/19/2014  10 comments
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based collaboration environment for engineers.
Altair HyperWorks 13 Focuses on Performance, Composite Design
Product News 
9/18/2014  3 comments
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
RepRap Industrial 3D Printer Hits the Street
Product News 
9/17/2014  3 comments
A German 3D printing company has released a large-volume 3D printer based on open-source RepRap technology and aimed at providing an affordable high-capacity plastic-filament printer for industrial users.
Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor
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9/16/2014  11 comments
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.
Team 3D Prints Electric Car at IMTS
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9/12/2014  17 comments
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
NinjaFlex 3D Printing Filament Gets Colorful
Product News 
9/12/2014  16 comments
NinjaFlex flexible 3D printing filament made from thermoplastic elastomers is available in a growing assortment of colors, most recently gold and silver. It's flexible and harder than you'd expect: around 85A (Shore A).
GE Redesigns Carbon Composite Blades for GE9X Engine
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9/11/2014  6 comments
Carbon fiber composites aren't a new thing in jet engine fan blades. Every so often, though, they have to be redesigned to take advantage of advances in carbon composite technology. This year, GE Aviation is designing new blades for the upcoming GE9X engine that will be thinner, lighter, and at least as strong as the composite blades on its existing engines.
Gigafactory Will Create a Giga-Glut
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9/9/2014  24 comments
Tesla Motors’ proposed Gigafactory won’t dramatically transform the cost of electric cars, and it might create a glut of lithium-ion batteries in the marketplace.
Rehab Chair Delivers Right Dose of Tension & Vibration to Patients' Muscles
Product News 
8/28/2014  6 comments
Tolomatic ERD actuator provides high-tolerance, high-force capabilities at a low cost to innovative medical therapy machine.
Could Diesels Be Poised for a US Comeback?
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8/25/2014  64 comments
After a long hiatus here, the diesel engine could be poised to grab a bigger share of the US car market in the next five years.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
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8/18/2014  21 comments
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
MagicCheck R2 Improves CAD Design Accuracy
Product News 
8/18/2014  2 comments
MagicCheck R2 software compares newly transferred CAD data against the original source to check for input errors.
Mouser, NI Team Up on Free Design Tool
Product News 
8/13/2014  3 comments
Mouser Electronics and National Instruments are teaming up to offer a free software tool aimed at simplifying the process of electronic circuit design.
Combining 3D Printing & CNC Milling in 1 Machine
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8/12/2014  3 comments
Combining additive and subtractive manufacturing in one machine is on the rise. A couple of the latest cases come from Flexible Robotic Environment and Hurco.
Accelerometer Combines High-Bandwidth, Three-Axis Performance
Product News 
8/4/2014  2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a high-bandwidth, three-axis accelerometer that could make it easier to monitor the health of industrial machinery.
Teardown: Amazon Fire Phone
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8/1/2014  29 comments
Watch as we teardown Amazon's Fire Phone -- the company's first smartphone, designed to compete with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.
Video: Sciaky to Sell Its Huge Metals 3D Printers
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7/31/2014  6 comments
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
LG Chem Aims for Affordable, Long-Range Battery by 2017
News 
7/28/2014  31 comments
Battery maker LG Chem Power Inc. plans to offer a new cell chemistry that could serve as the foundation for an affordable electric car with a 200-mile driving range by 2017.
MCU Helps Keep Food Fresh During Shipping
Product News 
7/24/2014  7 comments
Texas Instruments is rolling out a new microcontroller that could make the design of sensor networks and data logging systems simpler and less costly.
Baxter the Robot Becomes More Trainable
Product News 
7/23/2014  3 comments
Rethink Robotics has upgraded Baxter the Robot so it can be easily trained by co-workers who simply show the robot how to move.
Video: Fusion Window Loses 35% of Weight
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7/22/2014  23 comments
The rear window on Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle, based on the Fusion model, is made with a material combination devised by SABIC that saves 35% of the weight. The car's overall weight is 25% lighter than a standard production 2013 Fusion.
Learn More About Bluetooth Low Energy
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7/14/2014  3 comments
Engineers who want to learn more about Bluetooth Low Energy will have their chance in an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Course.
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