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Chris Wiltz

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Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
4/27/2015  0
NASA is dipping its toe into the automotive world with the development of the Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), a two-seat electric vehicle built off of the same technology NASA uses ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Watch John Oliver's Funny, Excellent Takedown of Patent Trolls
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
4/27/2015  0
They're technically known as "patent assertion entities" or "nonpracticing entities (NPEs)," but you probably know them by a much more appropriate name -- patent trolls.

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/27/2015  0
We've been following the progress in 3D printing (3DP) of parts that must perform consistently at high temperatures in mission-critical or high-value applications like aerospace. ...

Don Wilcher

Product News
Cypress Debuts EZ-BLE PRoC Module for Bluetooth Low Energy Development
Don Wilcher, Contributing Writer
4/27/2015  0
Cypress Semiconductor last week introduced at the Bluetooth World trade show its new Bluetooth Smart module that provides Bluetooth Low Energy solutions for remote controls, ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/24/2015  6
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs ...

Matt Crowley, Vesper

Guest Blogs
UX Design: The Age of Voice Is Here
Matt Crowley, Vesper
4/24/2015  13
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface.

Tracey Schelmetic, Contributing Writer

Guest Blogs
Soft Starters Spare Wear & Tear on Motors, Help Control Peak Energy Usage
Tracey Schelmetic, Contributing Writer
4/24/2015  2
It's conventional wisdom in industry and manufacturing that the most wear and tear happens on machines during the stressful startup process. By some estimates, the startup process ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
NIST Report Analyzes Measurement Needs for Powder Metal 3D Printing
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/24/2015  0
As we've discussed, standards bodies are helping to develop guidelines and specifications for shifting 3D printing (3DP) and additive manufacturing (AM) to producing high-quality ...

Charles Murray

News
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
4/24/2015  0
If you're developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you'll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, "Designing ...

Features

Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
4/10/2015
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In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.

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.

Keithley's Digital Multimeter Goes ...
Jerry Janesch of Keithley Instruments shows how a sine wave ...
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A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage ...
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Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar ...
The Easy Way to Control a Robot
Daymon Thompson of Beckhoff Automation uses Google Glass to ...
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Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs ...
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Colorado State University students have created a Dr. Seuss ...
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This solar charge controller, which is placed between a ...
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This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm ...
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Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a ...
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You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect ...
Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than ...
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that ...
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If you think the Apple Watch will turn heads, wait until you build the Apple II version.
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Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a ...
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
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Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your ...
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Discover-E has chosen its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2015, and the list includes an ...
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman ...
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female ...
A STEM Lesson from an IoT Electronic Thermometer
The business and educational opportunities of Internet of Things (IoT) are abundant. Cisco’s ...
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal ...
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ...
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the ...
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Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
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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.
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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