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RepRap Industrial 3D Printer Hits the Street
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9/17/2014  2 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  9 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  16 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
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9/11/2014  4 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.
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.
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.
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.
LG Chem Aims for Affordable, Long-Range Battery by 2017
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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.
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.
Bluetooth Module Enables Easy Implementation of Low-Power Wireless
Product News 
7/7/2014  10 comments
A new Bluetooth Smart Module offers a simple way for engineers to create low-power, wireless products.
Microchip MCU Combines Low Power With Security
Product News 
7/2/2014  5 comments
A new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) with sleep currents as low as 18 nA promises to cut power consumption, while providing data protection for low-power applications.
Position Sensor Boosts Rotational Measurement Accuracy
Product News 
7/1/2014  4 comments
A new family of magnetic position sensors promises to boost accuracy of pumps and motors in applications ranging from automobiles to factory automation systems.
VirtualBench Wraps Test Instruments Into NextGen Package
Product News 
6/26/2014  2 comments
National Instruments has introduced an all-in-one digitized lab bench product that combines an oscilloscope, multimeter, and power supply into a single unit with consumer-like displays.
TI Rolls Out FRAM MCU Platform for Ultra-Low-Power Applications
Product News 
6/25/2014  6 comments
A new microcontroller platform with embedded ferroelectric random access memory could provide an ultra-low-power solution for applications ranging from smart utility metering to remote industrial sensing to building automation.
Video: Harley Road Tests Electric Hog
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6/24/2014  32 comments
Harley-Davidson is preparing to test a product that may turn out to be the ultimate in environmentally friendly transportation: a green hog.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
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6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
New DSP Targets Advanced Occupancy Detection
Product News 
6/12/2014  2 comments
A new high-performance digital signal processor family offers a low-power solution for applications ranging from occupancy detection to building automation to automotive noise cancellation.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
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6/6/2014  29 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Software Platform Simulates Operation of Hybrids, EVs
Product News 
5/27/2014  6 comments
Two companies have teamed up to create a software platform that simulates the operation of electric cars and hybrids, from the movement of ions in the battery cells to the hum of the electric motors and engines.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
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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.
Slideshow: GM Announces Another Giant Recall
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5/16/2014  30 comments
General Motors is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
14 Things to See at EDS 2014
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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.
Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts & Harvest Technologies
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5/2/2014  2 comments
The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, Stratasys' printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers.
Web Tool Simplifies Design of Circuit Protection
Product News 
4/25/2014  9 comments
A new web-based software tool aims to give engineers a fast, intuitive way to design circuit-protection systems for their electronic products.
AMD Fires Up to Release New Graphics Card
Product News 
4/16/2014  2 comments
AMD is set to launch the industry's first 16 GB workstation graphics card -- the W9100.
Embedded Computer Offers Faster Performance, Less Heat
Product News 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Engineers searching for a smaller embedded computer that combines high performance with extended temperature operation may now have a solution.
MCUs Cut Costs & Reduce Board Space in 8-Bit Applications
Product News 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
Engineers looking for ways to cut costs and reduce board space on closed-loop applications may now have a solution -- thanks to Microchip Technology.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
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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.
Laser Cutting Technique Could Improve Fuel Injection
Product News 
3/31/2014  2 comments
A new laser could make it easier and faster to cut precise spray holes in fuel injectors, ultimately helping automakers to boost the fuel economy of their engines.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
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3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Researchers Develop Living Liquid Crystal
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3/18/2014  2 comments
Researchers have developed a type of liquid crystal that has the properties of a living organism, which may improve early disease detection.
Virtualization Platform Simplifies Machine Design
Product News 
3/14/2014  3 comments
Machine builders looking for a way to combine multiple embedded functions onto a single hardware platform may now have a simpler solution.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Wilocity Chipset to Deliver WiGig Speed to Mobile Devices
Product News 
2/26/2014  13 comments
Wilocity has developed a WiGig chipset for mobile phones that will bring lightning-fast wireless capability based on the 802.11ad standard to a new range of devices.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
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2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
Wearable Device Treats Pain of Diabetes-Caused Nerve Damage
Product News 
1/29/2014  13 comments
The Sensus Pain Management Device is attached to a wearable plastic band that looks similar to a device used to measure a person’s heart rate when performing a cardiovascular activity.
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
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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.
GE Gets a Touch Closer to Automation Data
Product News 
1/24/2014  10 comments
GE releases a touchscreen device that brings plant control and historical data together on one tablet-like product.
Did Boeing Battery Work as Designed?
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1/17/2014  24 comments
Boeing officials insist that a smoking 787 Dreamliner battery worked as designed, but battery experts aren't heaping praise on the aircraft manufacturer.
CES 2014: Analog Devices Rolls Out Audio Processor
Product News 
1/15/2014  6 comments
Audio applications ranging from automotive headsets to home speakers may get a boost from a new processor that packs three times as much signal processing capability in a package that's about half the size of its predecessors.
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
Product News 
1/13/2014  5 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
bRight Switch Invents Android-Powered Homes
Product News 
1/10/2014  14 comments
Bellatrix Systems has invented a smart home electrical switching system that lets people program their lights and other devices from a touchscreen interface on the wall.
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.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
Product News 
12/27/2013  16 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
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.
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