Orion Takes One Small Step Toward Mars
News 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.
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 13 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.
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.
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.
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.
Team 3D Prints Electric Car at IMTS
News 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.
GE Redesigns Carbon Composite Blades for GE9X Engine
News 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.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
News 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.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
News 5/21/2014 10 comments General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
14 Things to See at EDS 2014
Product News 5/15/2014 5 comments The critical words at this year’s EDS were energy efficiency, miniaturization, and ruggedness. Here’s a brief sampling of components introduced at the show.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
News 4/2/2014 15 comments Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driver’s smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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