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Durable Goods Will Drive Growth for Bioplastics Growth for bioplastics will come from durable applications such as cars, say experts, noting there are too few composting facilities to support biodegradable polymers. Read More Bridges Expand for Bikes, Pedestrians As more people walk or ride bikes in congested cities, cities with bridges are finding it difficult to handle continued increases in usage. A Canadian company has devised lightweight bridge extensions that can be added to existing structures. Full Story Failures Result from Incorrect Materials Selection Forty-five percent of product failures result from incorrect materials selection, according to a major testing facility. Engineers fail to account for chemical attack. Full Story Integrated Electronics Expand RFID Range Over Smart Labels Efforts to put electronics directly into molded components are taking off as specialty materials compounds are developed for a new laser structuring process that cuts costs. Full Story Steep Prices Are Still Soaring Despite Economic Slowdown Steel prices are 28 percent higher than year ago despite talk of a recession. Analysts say prices will continue to rise because of higher prices for foreign imports. Full Story
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Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.