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Why Hardware Is, Indeed, Easier Than Software
Blog 
7/22/2015  6 comments
If you examine the complexity of the design methodology, there's still an important argument for hardware being easier than software.
How Light-Curable Conformal Coatings Protect Automotive Electronics
Guest Blogs 
7/22/2015  Post a comment
Conformal coatings present themselves as space-saving alternatives to enclosures for protecting the circuit boards of automotive electronics. They can also provide electrical insulation.
Your Supplier Is Not Your Friend
Blog 
7/21/2015  5 comments
Sometimes outsourcing comes with a healthy dose of pushback. And that pushback from the supplier, warning of supply chain transgressions that could sink your product design, is good for you.
Freescale's New Automotive MCU Is Designed for Software Engineers
Product News 
7/21/2015  Post a comment
A new family of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs) promises to help designers speed and simplify the creation of automotive products ranging from power seats and door locks to touch interfaces and chassis controls.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
Survey Reveals Trends, Concerns for Embedded Development Engineers
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
The study, conducted by Design News' parent company, shows that there are changes afoot in such things as processor size, operating system choices, and developer concerns as embedded development evolves.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
News 
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
The ProtoCycler Recycles Your 3D-Printed Prototypes
Blog 
7/17/2015  1 comment
The ProtoCycler turns old plastic parts, including old 3D-printed prototypes, into reusable 3D printing filament.
6 New Adhesives and Fasteners Transforming Transportation
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2015  2 comments
Take a look at 6 new adhesives and fasteners aimed at changing the face of transportation.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Could Spawn a New Era of Design Solutions
Blog 
7/16/2015  1 comment
Some say there is a substantial gap between the CAD tools widely used by designers today and the next-generation tools that designers would need to maximize multimaterial 3D printing. But artificial intelligence in software may take care of that.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 
7/15/2015  7 comments
Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
Hybrid Structural Instant Adhesives Combine Strength and Speed
Guest Blogs 
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Some adhesives provide strong structural bonds but take hours to fixture and attain handling strength. The technologies that offer the fastest cure do not bear loads or withstand stresses. A new class of adhesives aims to make both stick.
Turning to Software to Identify Conflict Minerals in the Supply Chain
Blog 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
Conflict minerals reporting is now a due diligence burden for manufacturing organizations, heavy in administrative work and supplier queries. PTC says technology can help automate the process.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
Blog 
7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
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.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
Blog 
7/9/2015  5 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
Blog 
7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part One
Blog 
7/7/2015  Post a comment
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 
7/2/2015  1 comment
Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again
Electronics News 
6/29/2015  6 comments
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
Engineering Materials 
6/29/2015  7 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
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.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
Blog 
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.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
Blog 
6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
The Smart Steering Wheel is the Future of Driver Safety
Blog 
6/23/2015  5 comments
New sensor technologies are enabling steering wheels that learn how you drive and can protect you in accidents and emergencies.
Safety Certification for 3DP Filament Emissions -- By a Startup
Engineering Materials 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
A new program has been proposed for testing and certify 3D printing filaments for emissions safety. To engineers who've used 3D printers at home this is a no-brainer. It's from a consumer on Kickstarter, and targets use in homes and schools.
7 Grand Prize Winners of the 50th Annual Powder Metal Parts Awards
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2015  Post a comment
For the last 50 years, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has sponsored an awards competition for creative solutions to designing and fabricating near-net-shape parts using powder metal (PM) technologies. Here are the seven Grand Prize winners of the 2015 contest.
Carbon Fibers Spearhead Automotive Lightweighting Effort
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2015  1 comment
To meet looming fuel efficiency standards, automakers are using carbon fiber composites in hundreds of automotive components.
Choosing the Right Simulation Table for the Design Job
Blog 
6/15/2015  Post a comment
Advances in simulation tables are allowing faster and more effective testing on new products, parts, and subsystems. What should a design engineer know to choose the right simulation table for the job?
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
News 
6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Used Buick Has a Short Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
6/11/2015  11 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.
6 New Plastics For Everything From Cables to High-Speed Fans & Motors
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2015  Post a comment
Some of our current assortment of plastics & elastomers are designed for contacting human skin in consumer products, while others are tough enough to go under the hood near automotive engines or make bearings for the continuous high rotational speeds of fans and motors.
Aerospace-Grade Aluminum Gives Structure to Smartphones
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2015  10 comments
Samsung has chosen an aerospace-grade of Alcoa aluminum for the body of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, giving them a thinner and lighter design.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 
6/4/2015  Post a comment
Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Solvay Revs Up With All-Plastic Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2015  28 comments
Solvay, known for its extensive work getting the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aloft earlier this year, is taking a leadership role in developing an all-plastic car engine, the Polimotor 2.
New Manufacturing Tech Creates a New Form of Business
Blog 
6/3/2015  7 comments
Technology has changed manufacturing and it has changed product design. Now it's changing the very nature of business.
Manufacturing Plants as Centers of Data in the IIoT
Blog 
6/1/2015  Post a comment
With the vast amount of data collected in manufacturing, it's time for plants to become data centers.
Updated Bar Steel Fatigue Database Has 134 Iterations
News 
5/29/2015  Post a comment
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  28 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 
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.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 
5/27/2015  13 comments
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
Siemens PLM Updates Solid Edge With ST8
Product News 
5/27/2015  Post a comment
The enhanced ST8 includes new functionality designed to help users accelerate design speed and improve the user’s ability to leverage synchronous technology. The update offers greater flexibility in choice of platform and purchasing options, according to the company.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  17 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Unstructured Big Data Is a Big Manufacturing Challenge
Blog 
5/26/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers have to manage a wide range of data, and unstructured data -- from PDFs to video files -- has become a big challenge as the new world of Big Data emerges.
Siemens App Marketplace: A 1-Stop Shop for Solid Edge
Product News 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has launched an online store to help customers search for, compare, and purchase partner-developed apps for its Solid Edge software.
The 7 Most Insane Vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road
Blog 
5/20/2015  8 comments
The custom vehicle designs in Mad Max: Fury Road are probably just as amazing as the film's off-the-wall action sequences.
What Caused the Hummer’s Rough Ride?
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2015  13 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.
Yes, Electric Cars Still Need an Innovative Battery
Opinion 
5/18/2015  92 comments
Why aren’t electric car sales better? The answer can’t be repeated often enough: It’s the battery; it’s the battery; it’s the battery.
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