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posted in December 2013
Slideshow: 3D Printing Shifts to End-Production Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/31/2013  14 comments
EOS is taking steps to establish additive manufacturing as an efficient process in industrial production. The shift comes as interest grows in several vertical industries to integrate AM technologies and processes into existing manufacturing flows.
Smart Home Systems Are on the Rise
Blog 
12/31/2013  29 comments
Berg Insight places a sudden surge of acceptance in home automation in the coming years, which is set to rise to 2.3 million by the end of 2013.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
Product News 
12/27/2013  16 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
Quintic's Chipset Is Optimized for Wearable Tech
Product News 
12/27/2013  10 comments
Quintic's 9020 is the first product from the company’s wearable platform roadmap, which aims to provide specific chipsets with better battery life, increased wireless performance, and other enhancements. It also offers a more sophisticated sensor fusion algorithm, which provides more local intelligence.
Wireless SD Card Connects Any Digital Camera to a Smart Device
Blog 
12/26/2013  74 comments
The Eye-Fi Mobi SD card links to smartphones, tablets, and PCs for easy transfer of photos and video.
Malware That’s Transmitted Through Sound
Blog 
12/18/2013  24 comments
The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication has created malware that is transmitted via a ACS sound modem.
Bluetooth Smart Radio Boasts Ultra-Low Power Consumption
Product News 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Imec is offering a new ultra-low-power Bluetooth Smart radio that can consume less than five times the power of current competitive products, and also features a low-memory footprint.
Gadgets That Fly, Take Fish-Eye Photos & Build Prototypes
Gadget Freak 
12/17/2013  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.
Slideshow: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2013  2 comments
Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
Microsoft's $100M Xbox One Controller
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/13/2013  5 comments
Microsoft says it spent more than $100 million in the research and development of its new Xbox One controller. Was it worth it?
Arburg Unveils Freeform 3D Printer
Blog 
12/13/2013  1 comment
Arburg's new 3D printer, called the Freeformer, melts granulates together, in a process identical to that of injection molding.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Teardown: Inside Nest Labs' Nest Protect
Product News 
12/11/2013  13 comments
The team at iFixit want to keep you and your home safe. So they tore into Nest Labs' Nest Protect smoke alarm to see what it's made of.
Goldie Fishwater & the Internet-Connected Aquarium
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/10/2013  17 comments
Contributing editor Cabe Atwell developed a Raspberry Pi and Arduino-based remote network fish tank control for his goldfish, Goldie Fishwater.
Google Me a Robot
Blog 
12/9/2013  26 comments
Google is developing robots for manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse tasks.
Hackers Love Windows XP
Blog 
12/6/2013  45 comments
Microsoft will quit supporting – and patching – Windows XP in April. This may be a cruel development for plants.
Managing Mechatronics Design Complexity With PLM
Features 
12/6/2013  5 comments
Improving product quality requires an integrated product lifecycle management approach that combines mechanical, electronics, software, and simulation data into a single collaborative environment.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 
12/4/2013  16 comments
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
Smart Power Strip Automates Appliances
Blog 
12/4/2013  14 comments
Easy home automation comes with a new Kickstarter project, the smart power strip. It controls various AC outlets with a wireless controller and a smartphone app.
Death of the Desktop
Guest Blogs 
12/3/2013  53 comments
At what point will mobile devices fully replace the old desktop computer?
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
5 Things That Can Benefit From Capacitive Tactile Pressure Sensors
Guest Blogs 
12/2/2013  8 comments
Physical comfort can make or break an experience. Here’s a list of some tools and products that could benefit from pressure sensor technology.
Space Engineers: out of This World Learning Game
Blog 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Czech Republic-based Keen Software House recently released a game with a new twist on game play and learning. The game is Space Engineers. People play as engineers in space, as the title implies.




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Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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.
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