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Your Humble Old Bicycle Is Getting Revved Up by IoT
9/17/2015  3 comments
Bicycles are getting connected to make the riding experience safer, more reliable, and just plain groovier.
Kids Solve Everyday Problems in 3M-Backed Science Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/17/2015  Post a comment
3M and Discovery have partnered once again to host the “ultimate middle school science competition” with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Four-Axis Controller Tackles Stepper Motors in Lab Equipment
Product News 
9/16/2015  Post a comment
Advanced Control Systems Corp. (ACS) has introduced its MCR-4 rack-mount controller that drives and controls four two-phase motors with phase currents from 0.25 to 3.0 A per phase.
How to Design Membrane Switches for Harsh Environments
9/16/2015  Post a comment
There are special considerations when designing membrane switches for devices that are used in or exposed frequently to moisture, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.
Service Bureaus Are Still a Driving Force in 3D Printing
9/16/2015  Post a comment
The utopia of everyone having desktop 3D printers in their homes is not quite here yet, and as we wait for the next Industrial Revolution, service bureaus will continue to provide us rapid manufacturing.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
9/15/2015  2 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
7 Essentials for Designing with Micro-Miniature Connectors
9/15/2015  1 comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
8-Bit Microcontrollers Stick Around Like Wily Old Pros
9/15/2015  6 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
Device Translates Breath Into Words, Allows Paralyzed People to Speak
9/11/2015  2 comments
A group of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK developed the novel device for speech sufferers using a pressure transducer, an ADC, signal processing, and pattern-recognition software.
How to Improve Tactile Switch Actuation and Lifecycle
9/11/2015  Post a comment
Selecting the right switch for its force and feel can be crucial if you want to avoid a big hit to product quality.
Design Verification and Design Validation: What's the Difference?
9/11/2015  6 comments
Although it’s easy for professionals to incorrectly interchange the terms, "design verification" and "design validation" have very different meanings.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
Design for Durability: A Strong Argument for 3D-Printed Parts
9/9/2015  2 comments
Additive manufacturing has come a long way in its ability to create functional, end-use parts. That said, focusing on key elements in both the design and production process is critical to strong, durable parts.
Energy Harvesting Digs Into Human Motion and Wearable Materials
9/9/2015  Post a comment
We look at two creations that can generate power on the order of tens of watts. One of them can use a range of materials, from polymers to paper.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Build a Working Embedded Design Workbench for Less Than a Grand
9/7/2015  14 comments
There are a number of big-ticket items that every developer should have on his or her bench. Let’s examine the core tools that every developer needs to build an embedded workbench on a budget of $1,000.
DN Webcast Preview: Managing the Eyes and Ears of the IoT
9/7/2015  1 comment
Microcontrollers will likely provide the first level of data processing and storage needed to use sensor data efficiently in the information torrent of the Internet of Things.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
Engineering Materials 
9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
9/1/2015  3 comments
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Why 8-Bit Microcontrollers Refuse to Go Away
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  14 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
Renesas Synergy Platform Speeds IoT, Industrial, and RTOS Development
Product News 
8/23/2015  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has developed a platform that removes obstacles for embedded software engineers and designers working in the IoT, industrial, and real-time operating system space.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Who Will Come Out on Top of the IoT Protocol Wars?
8/16/2015  Post a comment
Several consortiums are vying for their IoT method to be adopted by the masses. But who will win the war over IoT protocols?
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
8/14/2015  4 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Organization Gives Kids ‘Magic Arms’ Thanks to 3D Printing
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Magic Arms provides plastic, 3D-printed devices that help children who’ve lost the use of their arms due to neuromuscular disorders regain movement
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
The Secret Behind Better Material Adhesion Is Surface Pretreatment
8/12/2015  Post a comment
If you want the bonds between your design's components to be reliable and highly resistant to humidity, extreme temperatures, and aggressive substances, then pretreating the surfaces of those components is a must.
Servo Motion Actuator Replaces Encoder With Position Sensor
Product News 
8/12/2015  2 comments
QuickSilver Controls has extended its Mosolver servo motion actuator into a NEMA 17 frame format.
Coatings Are Getting Smarter and More Specialized
Engineering Materials 
8/11/2015  2 comments
Although many next-gen coatings are still in R&D, smarter coatings that change in response to their environments are coming soon.
No More Welds: Fasteners for Composites and Other Rigid Materials
Product News 
8/11/2015  Post a comment
The PEM VariMount Fastening System works on more than composites: as PennEngineering's engineers discovered during R&D, it was easy to tweak the design a little so it could work on any rigid material. The VariMount is designed to mount on panels made of composites, as well as metals or plastics, without the need for welds.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
A University Blends Mechatronics with Real-World Problem-Solving
STEM Connection 
8/5/2015  1 comment
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Hardware, Sadly, May Be Easier than Software
8/4/2015  2 comments
If hardware and software development were judged by the level of symbolic logic manipulation, hardware would prove to be simpler. Can the argument hold up?
First of Its Kind Processor Targets Embedded Applications
Product News 
8/4/2015  Post a comment
The new i.MX 7 Series heterogeneous applications processor from Freescale has applications ranging from wearables to IoT.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
7/30/2015  Post a comment
With the pace of new editions and iterations, designers can fall behind quickly on software knowledge and skills. That's where JIT software training comes in.
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