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Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
8/13/2015  3 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Synthesizer for All Musical Skill Levels Takes Top Prize at TI Design Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Two University of Florida students have created a synthesizer that allows people of all musical skill levels—even the disabled— to make music.
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
A University Blends Mechatronics with Real-World Problem-Solving
STEM Connection 
8/5/2015  1 comment
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Augmented Reality Is Finding Success in Enterprise
7/31/2015  Post a comment
While there are tremendous opportunities in the consumer space for AR, a Juniper Research report says the enterprise AR market will grow tenfold by 2019.
Taking it Slow to Stop Burning Rubber
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2015  2 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
5 Killer Reasons the Apple Watch Is Just Getting Started
7/24/2015  2 comments
Apple’s latest watchOS update, which is set to be released this fall, will finally usher in an era of killer apps for the Apple Watch.
10 Technologies That Will Turn You Into a Superhero
7/20/2015  2 comments
As far out as a lot of superhero technologies and abilities are, a lot of the technology seen in comic books has inspired or been inspired by real technologies being developed today.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
7/10/2015  6 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
7/9/2015  5 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
The US and Japan Will Fight in a Giant Robot Battle
7/8/2015  2 comments
America's Megabot and Japan's Kuratas robot have agreed to battle in a fight to the finish.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
7/2/2015  9 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
6/30/2015  3 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
6/25/2015  3 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  1 comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
The Fallout from the UCLA Sterilization Failure Will be Better Medical Device Design
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2015  5 comments
Concerns about the rising number of infections acquired in US hospitals from reusable instruments is driving changes in medical device design and materials, mostly for the better.
Shooting for Industry 3.5
6/10/2015  2 comments
A conference day of presentations at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show focused on advanced technology in plants.
A Champion Is Crowned in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
6/10/2015  Post a comment
After two days of competition DARPA has announced the winners of its robotics challenge.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2015  9 comments
Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Made in the US Stamp on ABB Robots
6/9/2015  Post a comment
ABB Robotics has opened a robot manufacturing facility in Auburn Heights, Mich.
4 Factors That Determine if a Robot Can Do Your Job
6/8/2015  15 comments
There are four key traits that determine if a robot could replace you at work. How does your position score?
Mechatronics Delivers Greater Mobility for Paraplegic Patients
6/8/2015  Post a comment
The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics continues to find areas where it can deliver value in new ways. In medical, product development teams are bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, sensing, electronics, and computing, to design robotic exoskeletons for people with paraplegia.
Mechatronics Education Fills Need for Multidisciplinary Engineering
STEM Connection 
6/8/2015  4 comments
The term “mechatronics” was coined by a Japanese company in the early 1970s, but only recently has the still-considered-emerging discipline become fully fleshed out at the academic level. Students are taught a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, including a systems integration approach to design and modeling.
Many-Core Processors for Control
6/8/2015  Post a comment
The latest Intel processors are powering many-core industrial servers for control applications, and extending the impact of Moore’s Law into the future.
Go Fail in the Real World: Google[x]'s Advice to Engineers
Chris Wiltz 
6/5/2015  13 comments
What do all of Google[x]'s high-profile projects have in common? They all come from a mindset that any engineer can emulate.
Flexible Is the New Fast in Redefined Automation and Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
6/5/2015  Post a comment
We are entering a new era of manufacturing -- one in which mass production is giving way to mass customization. A global marketplace, built on rich e-commerce platforms and make-to-order product configurations, is making “now” a great time to be a consumer -- but a challenging one to be a manufacturer.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Manufacturing Plants as Centers of Data in the IIoT
6/1/2015  Post a comment
With the vast amount of data collected in manufacturing, it's time for plants to become data centers.
2015's Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
5/29/2015  8 comments
We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter’s Oceans
5/28/2015  Post a comment
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
5/28/2015  5 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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