Video: Seahorse Armor Inspires Robot Design
Engineering Materials 5/16/2013 3 comments Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are designing a robotic arm that takes inspiration from the loose, flexible, yet very strong structure of the armored plates on a seahorse's tail.
How to Create a Low-Pass Filter
Blog 5/7/2013 5 comments Sometimes you will not find a low-pass filter with the specifications you need in an anti-alias circuit. So you might decide to design your own. But you wonder, “Can I get the same performance I see in application notes?”
Video: Man-Sized Jellyfish Robot to Patrol the Seas
Blog 4/16/2013 16 comments Engineers at Virginia Tech have built a jellyfish robot prototype the size of an adult man they say will one day patrol the seas to monitor environmental conditions, study aquatic life, make maps of the ocean's floors, and perform military surveillance.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 4/10/2013 7 comments Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
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White Paper: High Temperature Resistant Adhesives Beat the Heat Selecting the right adhesive product for extreme temperature applications is not as straightforward as reading temperature resistance values on data sheets. Master Bond's white paper takes a closer look at some crucial issues and key factors to consider, when your adhesive application has to beat the heat or cope with the cold.
White Paper: Thermally Conductive Adhesives Keep Things Cool Through heat dissipation, thermally conductive adhesives and potting compounds play a pivotal role in the protection of today’s electronic circuitry. Master Bond’s white paper examines the challenges design engineers face as chip makers up the ante on microprocessor power and density, and how thermally conductive adhesives and potting compounds can manage heat while solving other application issues.
White Paper: Understanding Low Outgassing Adhesives Engineers often want to know whether an adhesive is low outgassing or generic. And while there are cases when nothing but a low outgassing product will do, the truth is that many so-called generic adhesives inherently have low outgassing levels. Here's a guide to understanding when low outgassing adhesives are the right choice.
White Paper: The Business Value of Product Data Management Read how executives from Ametek Technical Products, VISA Lighting and others, were able to achieve game-changing business objectives with Product Document Management (PDM). The author, Jim Brown is the President of Tech-Clarity, an independent research and consulting firm that specializes in analyzing the true business value of software technology
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
Blog 3/28/2013 19 comments A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Embedding Robots Into the Process
Features 3/27/2013 6 comments Robots are increasingly being integrated into manufacturing systems by combining off-the-shelf mechanical solutions with programmable robotic safety zones.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
Blog 3/26/2013 30 comments The Ekso wearable robot applies torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints to help people move, powered by a computer worn by the patient in a backpack.
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 3/25/2013 22 comments Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 3/22/2013 21 comments Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Self-Assembly Meets 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 3/8/2013 15 comments Self-assembly and 3D printing, two technologies at the edges of manufacturing, are on the verge of coming together to make 3D-printed objects that self-assemble when stimulated by water.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 3/6/2013 40 comments What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Even More on Rotary Encoders
Mechatronics Zone 3/5/2013 2 comments This column wraps up our discussion of encoders with information about resolvers, which provide angular data over 360 degrees.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
Product News 3/1/2013 11 comments Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 2/28/2013 23 comments Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is