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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
News 
11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 
9/27/2013  30 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
Slideshow: Inside the Apple iPhone 5s
Product News 
9/26/2013  14 comments
The folks at iFixit.com got their hands on an Apple iPhone 5s and immediately dissected it. Here's what they found.
Video: 3D-Printed Liquid Metal Structures at Room Temperature
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8/19/2013  16 comments
A research team at North Carolina State University has figured out how to 3D print small structures made from liquid metal -- at room temperatures. The freestanding 3D-printed structures retain their liquid state, yet are stable.
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
News 
8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Rockwell Introduces Security Initiative for Industrial Systems
Product News 
8/9/2013  6 comments
Rockwell Automation said it will follow a three-pronged strategy to help industrial systems designers build security into their processes and networks.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
News 
8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.
Mentor Graphics Releases New Automation Software
Product News 
7/30/2013  1 comment
Mentor Graphics has added a software-driven verification (iSDV) feature to its Questa Platform.
You Dream It & They Print It
News 
7/29/2013  19 comments
Thinker Thing, a startup company in Chile, focuses on designing oftware to print objects using a person's brain activities.
AMD to Release an ARM-Based Microserver
Product News 
7/29/2013  2 comments
AMD's recent partnership with ARM has engendered a new line of ARM-based server processors that will be available early next year.
Smartwatch Popularity on the Rise
News 
7/26/2013  42 comments
Many tech companies are seeking to introduce and dominate in the burgeoning smartwatch market. Is it the next big thing?
Autodesk, Microsoft Enable Direct 3D Printing From Windows
Product News 
7/26/2013  6 comments
Autodesk will be the first software company to take advantage of the 3D printer pipeline that will be available in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update release.
Autodesk Integrates HSM Express Software Into Inventor Suite
News 
7/25/2013  1 comment
Autodesk has acquired HSMWorks and has integrated HMSExpress CAM 2D/2.5D and HMSExpress into Autodesk Inventor 3D modeling software.
Using Simple Language to Program Computers
News 
7/23/2013  12 comments
MIT researchers are developing an algorithm to convert natural-language specifications into regular programming expressions.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
CAD Maker Works to Smooth 3D Printing Process
News 
6/19/2013  21 comments
For 3D printing to make the jump from rapid prototyping to manufacturing, engineers will need to find easier ways to move products from their CAD screens to their printers.
Virtual Desktop Environments Coming to Creo Design Apps
News 
6/17/2013  3 comments
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
Engineers Cheer 'Multi-CAD' Strategy
News 
6/14/2013  11 comments
Software maker PTC drew applause and cheers at PTC Live Global 2013 when it announced it will offer a "multi-CAD" strategy early next year.
Experts Say Manufacturing's Software Revolution Has Already Begun
News 
6/12/2013  9 comments
A host of macroeconomic forces are changing the future of manufacturing, and software may be the key to success for companies willing to make the necessary transformations, experts said this week.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 
5/7/2013  13 comments
TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
News 
4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Moxa Bolsters Network Control Panel With Device, Inventory Management
Product News 
2/19/2013  3 comments
Moxa Inc. has updated its industrial network-management software, MXview, with a number of new features that allow for better visibility into third-party devices and more broad and accurate reporting.
Infoblox Releases Software to Streamline Network Control, Automation
Product News 
2/6/2013  8 comments
Infoblox's new DNS Firewall product detects malware that may enter a network from a mobile device and blocks it before it can infect any network assets.
AAEON Releases Embedded Servers for Intelligent Automation
Product News 
1/21/2013  Post a comment
Taiwan-based industrial computing manufacturer AAEON has released two new embedded servers that can be used to power intelligent automation solutions in factories and buildings.
Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing
News 
1/8/2013  27 comments
Ford Motor Co. is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional printers.
Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools
Product News 
12/18/2012  12 comments
Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.
3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics
News 
12/14/2012  58 comments
If it's possible to 3D print blood vessels, robots, and guns, then why shouldn't you be able to 3D print your own personal electronics?
Cisco Expands Intelligent Automation for the Cloud
Product News 
12/13/2012  7 comments
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 includes new features that make it easier to add security to a cloud-based network without a lot of hands-on administration.
Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume
News 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Industrial 3D printing supplier ExOne's M-FLEX midsized metal printer is three times as fast and has a build volume more than seven times as large as the company's previous midsized machine.
Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
News 
8/6/2012  14 comments
Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
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