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Elizabeth Montalbano

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Smart Battery Sensor Provides Warning Before Catching Fire
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
10/23/2014  0
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
How it Works: E-Cigarettes
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
10/22/2014  11
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we're starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or ...

Cabe Atwell

Product News
Microchip Releases 3D TouchPad
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
10/22/2014  2
Microchip Technology Inc. recently released the newest addition to its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio -- the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC peripheral device that ...

Chad Hembree

Made by Monkeys
Are Old Cars Better Than New Cars?
Chad Hembree
10/22/2014  12
Back in the day, cars were simple. I could change my oil, change my spark plugs, etc. My "new" car is a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix, and in order to change the spark plugs on this car ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Plastics Can Do Almost Any Job -- Even Yours
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
10/22/2014  4
As we like to remind you often, engineering plastics are getting tougher, stronger, and doing more and more jobs. In fact, they're changing and evolving so fast it's hard to keep up ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
30 Seconds With Stratasys
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/22/2014  0
During Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, held in Schaumburg, Ill. last week, Design News caught up with Mac Cameron of Stratasys -- he described the company's Connex3 ...

Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com

Blog
Kindle Fire HD 6 Teardown
Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com
10/21/2014  4
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up.

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
10/21/2014  8
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
30 Seconds With Optimal Design
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/21/2014  1
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.

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Features

Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
10/20/2014
 1
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.

Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
10/17/2014
 0
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.

Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
10/16/2014
 0
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.

COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
10/15/2014
 0
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.

3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014
 7
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?

A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
10/10/2014
 0
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.

Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
10/3/2014
 3
When you’re in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one person’s needs, taste, or budget, you never know what’s going to come through the door next. That’s the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but it’s one the company relishes.

5 Factors That Will Drive ROI for Food/Beverage Manufacturers
9/24/2014
 0
These important industry trends affect your plant’s ROI now -- and into the future.

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