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posted in December 2011
Case of the Vintage Furnace Blower
Sherlock Ohms 
12/21/2011  14 comments
Sometimes the best solution is the one that gets you through the short term, especially if it keeps the heater blowing.
Thermoplastic Resin Has Glass-Like Qualities
News 
12/20/2011  20 comments
New thermoplastic has all the best characteristics of thermosetting resins, except it can be reshaped at high temperatures, like glass.
Case Study: Tiny Wireless Heart Monitor
Product News 
12/12/2011  15 comments
An inexpensive, ANT-powered ECG patch promises to take the pressure off hospital intensive care units by predicting relapses.
What's the Toughest Challenge of the Year?
Wolfe's Den 
12/9/2011  19 comments
From the rise of the digital factory to energy efficiency, four trends are roiling the design and industrial space.
3D Engineering Material Enables Thermal Functional Testing
Product News 
12/9/2011  7 comments
Objet has introduced a high-temperature engineering material for the thermal functional testing of 3D printed parts and prototypes.
Top 12 Hot Design Technologies for 2012
News 
12/8/2011  25 comments
Design News's pick of the top 12 technologies to watch in 2012, in automation, energy, sensors, communications, LED, and smart grid.
Study: Robotics Creates, Not Eliminates, Jobs
News 
12/8/2011  39 comments
While robots are eliminating repetitive factory jobs, the robotics industry is creating new technical jobs.
Harley Hindered by Lower Belt Guard
Made by Monkeys 
12/7/2011  62 comments
One tiny screw stands between a safe highway ride and disaster.
Top 5 Automotive Trends of 2011
Electronic News & Comment 
12/6/2011  24 comments
In a year when Detroit launched a comeback, the real news in the automotive world came from Washington, D.C.
Slideshow: Best Gadget Freak Projects of 2011
Gadget Freak 
12/5/2011  22 comments
Here's a slideshow with links to our best homebrew engineering projects, drawn from the Design News Gadget Freak section.
Top 5 Materials Trends of 2011
News 
12/5/2011  11 comments
The five most important materials trends of this past year enable volume manufacturing.
Chevy Volt Battery Fires: Experts Say Engineers Managing Risks Properly
News 
12/2/2011  32 comments
Chevy Volts and all the other vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries are safe, because they've been engineered to handle the problems inherent in those chemistries.
Do Engineers Have Appetite for Mobile Apps?
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/2/2011  22 comments
Unlike the consumer market, which is hungry for all things mobile, engineers remain slightly skeptical about the upside of design tool apps running on mobile platforms.
Cadillac CUEs In-Car Entertainment
Electronic News & Comment 
12/1/2011  29 comments
Cadillac's CUE is an important addition to the infotainment scene, but its consumer-driven design process may turn out to be more important than the product.
Are Front-Load Washers Less Reliable?
Made by Monkeys 
12/1/2011  50 comments
Reliability seems to have slipped with front-loading washers.




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