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9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
Blog 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
Blog 
4/27/2016  1 comment
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
Blog 
4/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
News 
4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Oculus Rift Teardown: Repairable VR for the Masses
Blog 
4/18/2016  Post a comment
The team at iFixit takes apart the long-anticipated, consumer-ready Oculus Rift CV1. What does the virtual reality headset have going on behind the curtain?
MC10 Wants Wearables to Be More Than Health and Fitness
Blog 
4/15/2016  Post a comment
At a time where wearables and healthcare have become nearly synonymous, MC10 is moving its technologies into broader consumer applications (including beauty and entertainment) as well as opening up new opportunities for industrial research.
NXP’s New Dev Kit Simplifies Home Automation
Product News 
4/15/2016  Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has released a software development kit that works with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling design engineers to automate thermostats, door locks, and other home products using Kinetis microcontrollers.
What Engineers Can Learn from the Maker Movement
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  9 comments
The so-called “maker movement” may not be big on degrees and formal training, but it can teach the engineering community valuable lessons in product design, an expert at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference said this week.
Hackable ESC Badges Demonstrate the Power of Wireless Networking
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  Post a comment
Attendees at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week received a special treat when 100 of them were given programmable, LED-based show badges powered by eight-bit microcontrollers.
Silicon Valley Comic Con and STEM: Rise of the Iron Lady
STEM Connection 
4/14/2016  3 comments
Underneath all the costumes and fandom, conventions like the Silicon Valley Comic Con are inspiring a new generation of young women in STEM.
Will Nest Be IoT's First High-Profile Failure?
Blog 
4/13/2016  17 comments
Nest was supposed to lead the Internet of Things' charge to connect all of the devices in our homes. But now it seems to be getting a reality check.
Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2016  Post a comment
Harvard University engineers and scientists have designed a new type of metamaterial that can change its size, volume, and shape. Why? To help make possible reconfigurable devices like space structures or robots.
Can VR Ever Be More Than Just a Game?
Chris Wiltz 
4/12/2016  10 comments
With all the products hitting the market, 2016 is looking to be the year of virtual reality. But is VR good for anything besides playing games?
Using 3D Printing in the Mass Production of Consumer Electronics
Engineering Materials 
4/12/2016  Post a comment
Contract manufacturer LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical is using Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems to 3D print antenna patterns and other functional electronics such as sensors onto injection-molded consumer devices. And that's in millions of devices per year.
My Quest for the Ultimate Wearable
Blog 
4/7/2016  5 comments
I know the technology for my smart and learning wearable is out there because I’ve seen the future of printed flexible electronics that will enable it. But do I keep waiting for that perfect fit for me or just pick one or two options now and be content with what the market offers today? What would you do?
Gadget Freak Case #279: Stack Your TVs With a Homemade Entertainment Center
Gadget Freak 
4/7/2016  Post a comment
Whether you're a designer, gamer, or just like to have a busy desktop, two monitors (or TVs) is always better than one. Gadget Freak shows you how to build an entertainment center that can hold two 70-inch TVs.
Take a Bite Out of Apple's iPhone SE
Blog 
4/6/2016  1 comment
After a long rumor cycle, Apple has released its new iPhone SE -- billed as a 5s with better specs. The team at iFixit got their hands on it and immediately took it apart. See what they found at its core.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  4 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
New-Age Hackers Are Ditching Smash-and-Grab Techniques
Blog 
4/1/2016  1 comment
Cyber attacks are taking a new form, with hackers going into a network and exploring for extended periods of time.
FBI Cracks Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple's Help, Won't Say How
Blog 
3/31/2016  5 comments
The FBI has cracked the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter with the help of an anonymous third party.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
Blog 
3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
Product News 
3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
Gadget Freak Case #278: How to Hack an Electronic Trade Show Badge
Gadget Freak 
3/29/2016  6 comments
Are you sick of the same boring badges at every trade show? The ESC 2016 Conference in Boston is featuring an electronic one you can use to play games, control robots, meet new friends, or build your own custom hacks.
Nanomotors Act As Tiny Repair Kits for Self-Healing Electronics
Blog 
3/28/2016  4 comments
Inspired by the natural processes of self-healing in the human body, a group of researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed nanomotors that can act as a self-healing system for electronics.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
Blog 
3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
Blog 
3/23/2016  10 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
Andrew Grove, Semiconductor Pioneer and Former Intel CEO, Dies at 79
Blog 
3/23/2016  9 comments
Silicon Valley legend Andrew Grove, the man who put "Intel Inside" and spurred proliferation of microprocessors, has died at the age of 79.
Real Hoverboard For Consumers Flies On Aerospace-Grade Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/21/2016  42 comments
On April 14, you'll be able to buy what its makers say is the first real hoverboard: no wheels. That is, if you've got $14,900. Just watching this video will make you wish you did.
The Most Innovative Products at SXSW Interactive 2016
Blog 
3/18/2016  1 comment
Earbuds that give you superhuman hearing, portable apartments, and plant-like robots make up some of the technologies that won the 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
The Maker Community Is Going High-Tech with FPGAs
Electronics News 
3/15/2016  2 comments
Lower cost and greater simplicity are combining to bring the FPGA to a new class of users -- the DIY community.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Apple vs. the FBI vs. Our Privacy
Chris Wiltz 
3/7/2016  29 comments
Apple Computer's refusal to comply with an FBI request to unlock a mass shooter's iPhone has set off a debate at all levels of the technology sector. Here's everything you need to know about this landmark legal battle.
Chaos Reigns Firmware Development. Why Does It Have to Be That Way?
Blog 
3/7/2016  9 comments
Remember Pat Benatar's song about battlefields? Same goes with embedded development as with love. Here are ways engineers can work to get a project from devolving into disarray.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
How 7 HMIs Wow the Tech World
Blog 
3/4/2016  2 comments
The consumer-powered technology trends in new industrial HMI products become easily evident from a look at the latest offerings, which demonstrate how vendors are investing their development dollars.
Who'd Thunk It? Arduino and PLCs Hook Up Via RS232 and Modbus
Blog 
3/3/2016  Post a comment
There is a thriving online developer community using RS232, Arduinos, and PLCs to build industrial and home automation systems on the familiar serial communication protocol Modbus.
Hello There! Huh? Read This, and You’ll Understand
Blog 
3/2/2016  Post a comment
Design & Manufacturing New England returns once again to deliver hands-on access to the latest design engineering and manufacturing technologies and education to help you stay ahead of the competition.
Engineering Degrees
Quick Poll 
3/1/2016  15 comments
Microchip Reinforces Commitment to 8-Bit Development with New Offerings
Blog 
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Microchip Technology has been unveiling a slew of new hardware and software to prop up its 8-bit tool chain. What are the latest goodies for the 8-bit developer?
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
News 
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
Blog 
2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
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This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
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