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15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  3 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 
9/18/2014  1 comment
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Electronic News & Comment 
9/18/2014  3 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2014  16 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
What it Takes to Get Capital
Blog 
9/17/2014  2 comments
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
RepRap Industrial 3D Printer Hits the Street
Product News 
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
News 
9/16/2014  8 comments
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.
Engineers Make Great Comedians
Blog 
9/16/2014  8 comments
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
IBM's SyNAPSE Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Blog 
9/16/2014  Post a comment
IBM's new SyNAPSE chip makes it possible for computers to both memorize and compute simultaneously.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  10 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
NinjaFlex 3D Printing Filament Gets Colorful
Product News 
9/12/2014  15 comments
NinjaFlex flexible 3D printing filament made from thermoplastic elastomers is available in a growing assortment of colors, most recently gold and silver. It's flexible and harder than you'd expect: around 85A (Shore A).
Motorola's Moto 360 Is Round, But Is It Repairable?
Blog 
9/11/2014  16 comments
Hello, Moto. Join the iFixit team as it takes apart the world's first circular smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360.
Apple iPhone 6 Release Highlights Importance of Supply Chain Management
Blog 
9/11/2014  5 comments
By implementing efficient and thorough quality-management processes, companies can help prevent or mitigate the effects of the supply-chain issues that reportedly plagued the Apple iPhone 6 before its release this week.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
Blog 
9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
Robot Printer Comes to You
Blog 
9/10/2014  15 comments
Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
Video: These Robots Have X-ray Vision
Blog 
9/9/2014  8 comments
Two small, wheeled robots can "see" through a concrete wall using nothing but WiFi wireless communication. They can detect and measure everything on the other side: people and objects, their positions and geometry, whether they're moving, and what materials they're made of.
Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Coating for Windows, Phones
Blog 
9/9/2014  5 comments
Researchers in Michigan have developed a transparent solar-energy-harvesting material for windows and other glass surfaces.
Slideshow: Emerging Video Technology
Blog 
9/5/2014  9 comments
With new 4k technology and invention of video drones, the world of photographer and film is about to make one of the largest shifts of the century. If you thought camera technology had reached its peak, think again.
California's Historic Plastic Bag Ban: It's a Good Thing
Engineering Materials 
9/5/2014  37 comments
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
Sugar Biobattery Outlasts Lithium-Ion
Blog 
9/5/2014  18 comments
A researcher at Virginia Tech has developed a bio-battery that turns sugar into energy and has up to 10 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
Always Inspect the Fuses
Sherlock Ohms 
9/4/2014  10 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.
Video: Temporary Tats Harvest Energy from Sweat
Blog 
8/29/2014  21 comments
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
Video: 'Candy’ 3D-Prints Your Sweets
Blog 
8/27/2014  24 comments
A London-based company has added some sweetness to the versatility of the 3D printing market with a printer designed solely to print candy and confections.
Update: Converting Plastics to Energy Could Boost US Reserves
Engineering Materials 
8/27/2014  23 comments
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
3D Printers That Are Changing the Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/26/2014  8 comments
XYZ, Rabbit, and Disney innovate on the 3d printer in different ways -- from price point to using materials such as yarn.
5 Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
8/26/2014  22 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Google's Project Tango Tablet: From the Outside In
Blog 
8/25/2014  4 comments
Google's Project Tango is in its second iteration, this time taking the form of a tablet. Join us as we unravel the new goodies that Google has packed into the Project Tango Tablet.
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior
Gadget Freak 
8/21/2014  22 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
Siemens' Intosite Augments Tecnomatix PLM Platform
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/21/2014  4 comments
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Wiring Causes Constant Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/20/2014  36 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Report: Metamaterials Will Partly Depend on Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/20/2014  8 comments
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
Blog 
8/19/2014  9 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
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.
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 -- Unleashed
Blog 
8/13/2014  3 comments
Oculus VR, which took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift, seeks to push the self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.
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.
Using Python to Program the Raspberry Pi
Blog 
8/12/2014  2 comments
The Continuing Education Center course looks at embedded programming with the Raspberry Pi using Python.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Blog 
8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Can Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal Ones?
Blog 
8/6/2014  7 comments
Plastic bearings are replacing metal in some pretty tough jobs. Sometimes they're equally effective and reliable, and sometimes they actually outperform those parts. We'll tell you all about how this is possible in an upcoming Design News Focus on Fundamentals course.
Update: Intelligent Composites for Structural Monitoring
Engineering Materials 
8/5/2014  5 comments
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
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
News 
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.
Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google's Ranks
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2014  10 comments
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
Features 
7/30/2014  1 comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Work Out While You Work
Blog 
7/29/2014  45 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Blog 
7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
Features 
7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Blog 
7/25/2014  30 comments
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
STEM Connection 
7/25/2014  11 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
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