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Chris Wiltz

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The 10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
4/1/2015  21
You'll probably be reading your fair share of fake headlines on April 1, but phony tech news - both for scams and humor - aren't anything new. The history of science and technology ...

Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer

Blog
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer
4/1/2015  0
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
4/1/2015  2
A maker based in France who goes by the handle Olivier C has been building a series of drones patterned after the famed vehicles of the Star Wars saga. His most recent project is an ...

Teddy To and Charlie Cai, Littelfuse

Guest Blogs
Automotive Circuit Protection Using High-Reliability TVS Diodes
Teddy To and Charlie Cai, Littelfuse
4/1/2015  0
Designing automotive electronics presents numerous technical challenges, including the need to protect against electrical hazards under the hood and in the cabin. The three major ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/31/2015  3
The civilized world is bracing for an almost-inevitable cyber terrorism attack. Many analysts expect disruption of online banking, energy, and healthcare to become a pillar of ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
3/31/2015  2
Is it finally time to retire your standard computer mouse? Canadian startup Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, and other digital ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Seamless 3D Simulation – Blending Big Data into CAD
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/31/2015  0
For decades, simulation had a specific and narrow role in product design. The process was used to crunch numbers on materials and stress forces for automobiles and spaceships. ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
3/31/2015  3
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new ...

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Features

Writing for Design News
3/20/2015
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Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.

Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015
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In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.

Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
2/18/2015
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Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.

Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015
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Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.

A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
2/3/2015
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The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.

Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
1/30/2015
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As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.

Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
1/29/2015
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When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.

5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
1/27/2015
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After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.

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The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted ...
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your ...
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
'Spare Parts' Celebrates Immigrant Teens Who ...
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers ...
PlastiVan Drives Kids' Interest in Plastics
A program to educate kids about the science and technology of plastics as well how they can have ...
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers ...
‘Kano’ DIY Computer to Inspire Girls in ...
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Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Unsafe Stove Has Owner Seeing Red
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Karaoke Machine Has Owner Singing the Blues
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Microwave Has a Bad Connection
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
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A Revealing Quiet
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Balancing Efficiency and Comfort in a Ford
Building a prototype of a car is a tough way to find the optimal balance between efficiency and ...
The Singing Telephone Switch
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