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NXP, Freescale Announce Mega Merger
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3/2/2015  1 comment
If the deal is approved, the companies would create a top-10 chip maker and embedded processor giant with more than $10 billion in combined revenue.
ISM’s US Manufacturing Index Slips Again, but Markit’s PMI Shows Acceleration
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3/2/2015  Post a comment
Two independent purchasing managers indexes (PMI) released today (March 2), revealed conflicting pictures on the direction of the US manufacturing sector in February.
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
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2/28/2015  3 comments
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek
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2/27/2015  5 comments
The actor captured imaginations and inspired scientists and engineers all over the world in his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
What Role Will 8-Bit MCUs Play in the IoT?
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2/25/2015  3 comments
Eight-bit MCUs aren’t nearly dead yet. Silicon Labs just announced at Embedded World a new series of eight-bit MCUs that target a range of cost-, power- and space-sensitive applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).
6 3D-Printable Metals from ExOne
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial 3D printer supplier ExOne has introduced six new metal powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent machines.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/20/2015  2 comments
The Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use, making the first move -- at long last -- to start integrating these pilotless, untethered flying machines into American airspace.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
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2/19/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Manufacturing Growth Threatened by Lack of Interest from Millennial-Age Workers
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2/18/2015  18 comments
Manufacturing is in the midst of an upswing that could be hampered by lack of skilled workers to fill job openings, a problem stemming from a continued disinterest by those in the Millennial generation to join the industry, according to a recent survey.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/11/2015  2 comments
The winners of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned earlier this evening during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Solar Energy-Harvesting Concrete Makes For Sustainable Buildings
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2/10/2015  10 comments
DysCrete is an electrographic concrete that is coated with layers of titanium dioxide, organic liquid, an electrolyte, graphite, and a transparent surface. This creates a dye-sensitized solar cell, while the concrete becomes the electrode.
Manufacturing Employment Holds Firm in January Jobs Report
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2/6/2015  1 comment
The US manufacturing sector added 22,000 new jobs in January, as the national labor market saw another strong month of gains, according to the Labor Department's latest employment figures.
ISM Manufacturing Index Screeches to Slowest Pace in a Year
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2/3/2015  Post a comment
The US manufacturing sector lost steam in January and is growing at its more sluggish rate since January 2014, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest purchasing managers index (PMI) released on Feb 2.
Factory Orders, Machinery Bookings Slumped Deeper in December
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1/27/2015  Post a comment
US factory orders for durable goods tumbled 3.4% in December on a big drop in new bookings for commercial aircraft, according to data the Commerce Department released Tuesday.
Software Brings Scalable Type to Low-End Embedded Platforms
Product News 
1/26/2015  6 comments
Engineers of low-end embedded products may now have an easier way to make aesthetically pleasing displays with scalable typefaces.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
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1/26/2015  3 comments
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
President Looks to American Science, Technology in State Address
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1/21/2015  24 comments
Last night’s 2015 State of the Union Address was heavy on jobs and the economy and notably light on manufacturing. President Obama did, however, make brief references to several issues central to engineers.
Video: Reconfigurable Robot Walks on Snake Legs
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1/19/2015  4 comments
Carnegie Mellon University's modular snake robot can be reconfigured to meet users' needs. Not only will this modular system enable completely new robot designs, say its inventors, it will also help speed up the pace of development and enable more flexible traditional industrial robots.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
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1/16/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output rose 0.3% in December, but warm weather that blanketed the entire country reduced heating demand, significantly dragging down utilities output and the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nation’s total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
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1/15/2015  5 comments
A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
Data Show a CNC Machinery Purchasing Slowdown, but Outlook Remains Strong
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1/13/2015  2 comments
US orders of metalworking capital machinery cooled significantly in the two months following the big International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, according to the latest available data tracked by that show’s organizer. But the nation’s manufacturing sector is predicted to grow robustly again this year and buoy industrial machinery investment, which will bode well for the machine design industry.
Top AM Analyst Todd Grimm to Keynote Upcoming Users Conference, Lecture for Design News Webinar
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1/12/2015  Post a comment
With momentum for the family of technologies, including direct metal laser sintering, continuing to build, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group is anticipating its biggest annual conference to date, April 19-23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
IoT Kit Fast Tracks Product Design
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1/9/2015  Post a comment
IoT company Weaved has designed software-defined networking fabric that can be used with any hardware product, and it’s bundled it into a development kit.
Squid Teeth Inspire 3D-Printable Biodegradable Thermoplastic
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1/6/2015  Post a comment
Proteins from the ring teeth on squid tentacles can be synthesized to make a versatile biodegradable thermoplastic that can be used for molding, extrusion, 3D printing, as an adhesive, or as a coating.
NI System-on-Module Comes Ready to Go
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12/31/2014  Post a comment
National Instruments has developed a system-on-module for quick integration and low customization.
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
Product News 
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  19 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
Product News 
12/5/2014  1 comment
Alert Logic's Cloud Defender offers software-as-a-service security.
YuMi -- a Robot for You and Me
Product News 
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
Product News 
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  15 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
Product News 
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
Product News 
10/8/2014  Post a comment
Industrial applications require more robust batteries that can deliver long-term power even in extreme environmental conditions.
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