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Content posted in January 2012
Composites Process Combines Injection Molding & Thermoforming
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1/31/2012  12 comments
A hybrid injection-molding/thermoforming process makes complex automotive components from fiber-reinforced composite materials.
Micro Drives Increase Surgical Precision
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1/31/2012  7 comments
Techniques for minimally invasive surgery rely on highly sensitive drive technology.
'Performance' Car Seat Eliminates Steel
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1/30/2012  13 comments
A car seat backrest that integrates the seat frame and back panel into a single structure eliminates steel to save weight and reduce space.
Dev Kit Supports Graphical Programming
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1/30/2012  18 comments
Simplified programming techniques change the roles of mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as programmers.
MCUs Cut Mechatronics Design Costs
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1/27/2012  10 comments
In a wide-ranging half-hour discussion titled, Microchip engineer Keith Curtis addressed questions about the future of mechatronic control.
CAE Drives Dutch High-Performance Auto
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1/26/2012  22 comments
Using an integrated CAD/CAE platform, Donkervoort bolstered the muscle of its D8 GTO sports car without creating a drag on performance.
Surgical Robots Could Fix NASA Satellite
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1/25/2012  36 comments
A modified surgical robot is helping NASA study how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth.
Autodesk Expands Surface Modeling Credo
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1/25/2012  7 comments
The acquisition of a little-known specialty tools maker puts more accessible surface modeling technology within reach of Autodesk's digital prototyping software portfolio.
Is Nanomaterial Legislation Coming Soon?
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1/24/2012  23 comments
Nanoscale materials may soon be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and by other regulatory bodies in Europe and Japan.
Slideshow: Top 5 Robotics Trends to Watch in 2012
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1/23/2012  22 comments
The most important robotics trends of this coming year will enable volume manufacturing and greater integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Design Decisions: Choosing an Eddy Current Position/Displacement Sensor
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1/23/2012  7 comments
Whether a target will work in any specific application depends a great deal on the desired performance, most importantly resolution.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights EVs, Hybrids
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1/20/2012  40 comments
Automakers at this year's North American International Auto Show unveiled a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting the efficiency of today's vehicles.
Ford Showcases First Plug-In Hybrid
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1/19/2012  25 comments
The auto industry's move to plug-in vehicles gained momentum as Ford rolled out its C-Max Energi hybrid at the North American International Auto Show.
Recycled Carbon Fibers Save Money
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1/18/2012  25 comments
A new family of yarns and fabrics made from recycled carbon fibers have properties that rival those of virgin carbon fibers but cost less.
Ethernet Converges on Factory Automation
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1/18/2012  14 comments
Ethernet adoption drives development of infrastructure to support completely networked, plant-wide architectures from field devices up to management level.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automation & Control Trends to Watch in 2012
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1/17/2012  32 comments
In 2012 we'll see an expansion of plant technology, from the connected plant network to cloud computing and remote monitoring.
Robot Controller Shrinks Cell Floor Space
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1/17/2012  9 comments
ABB has reengineered its IRC5 panel-mounted controller to work with the bigger drives on the company's largest robots.
Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing
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1/16/2012  24 comments
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
Multitouch Added to Resistive Touchscreens
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1/16/2012  11 comments
Automobiles can now retrofit multitouch gestures to resistive-touchscreen designs by upgrading their controller-chips to Freescale Semiconductor's new Ready-Play solution.
Bioplastics Fueled by Sugar Cane Trash
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1/13/2012  23 comments
Hydrolysis quickly and cheaply converts plant cellulose waste into sugars, a major ingredient of biofuels and bioplastics.
3D Systems Brings 3D Printing to Masses
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1/13/2012  12 comments
3D Systems is putting up stakes in the consumer market with Cubify.com, an online community and content creation site, and the Cube, its first personal 3D printer for the home.
Crowdsourcing Creates CAD Groundswell
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1/12/2012  12 comments
While crowdsourcing has the potential to boost innovation, manufacturers have been slow to embrace the strategy, put off by quality concerns and engineers' reticence to participate in an open development forum.
Top 5 Automation & Control Advances of 2011
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1/12/2012  9 comments
Network and safety continued to merge in 2011 as Ethernet furthered its gains as the networking backbone.
Kionix Takes MEMS Inertial Sensors to CES
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1/10/2012  3 comments
MEMS manufacturer Kionix is doubling its capacity and has released a new inertial sensor.
Adhesives Put New Twist on Fastening
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1/6/2012  14 comments
Engineers are demanding multifunction adhesives and more rugged fasteners.
Li-Ion Batteries in EVs May Last Longer
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1/5/2012  18 comments
New materials for lithium-ion batteries and their housings, along with cheaper ALD manufacturing methods, may help bring down costs and make them last longer in electric vehicles.
'Shrilk' Mimics Insect Exoskeleton
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1/4/2012  24 comments
A material that mimics insect exoskeletons has the strength and toughness of aluminum, but weighs half as much.
Design Decisions: Choosing a Rotary Encoder
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1/4/2012  5 comments
Many factors influence the selection of a rotary encoder for controlled servo drives.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automotive Trends to Watch in 2012
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1/3/2012  21 comments
Because automakers are already on the hook to push their Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) to 35.5mpg by 2016, and 54.5mpg by 2025, they're going to be working hard on any feature that can eliminate even the smallest sip of gasoline.




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