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What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Matt Quinn, Intertek
7/28/2015  0
Tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, also known as 3TG, are essential for manufacturing in a number industries including electronics, jewelry, industrial manufacturing, automotive, ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/28/2015  0
Making and selling 3D printers is becoming even more widespread around the globe than before. Only three of our new 3D printers in this slideshow are made by US companies. The other ...

William Ng

Blog
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
William Ng, Editor in Chief, Design News
7/28/2015  0
Recently my wife and I rented a car for a short interstate trip. It was a 2014 model of modest cost, though we were pleasantly welcomed, yet not surprised, by its generous USB ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Product News
Energy-Harvesting RF Switches Can Replace Cabled, Powered Components in Industrial Applications
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
7/28/2015  0
Switches, like those used to power lights and machines on and off, seem like such simple components. But there is a lot of cabling behind the scenes to make them communicate with ...

Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control;<br>Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test

Blog
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control;
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/27/2015  17
We knew it was possible – conceptually. But last week, working with Wired professional hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek brought vehicle cyberattack fears to real life, ...

Al Presher

Blog
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
Al Presher, Contributing Editor
7/27/2015  0
Continued development of motion control for robotic fingers and hands offers the promise of greater flexibility, especially for automated assembly applications -- and the ability to ...

Charles Murray

News
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/27/2015  1
The inevitable and ugly rise of car hacking became official last Friday, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
7/26/2015  4
Researchers have been making progress on scalable storage for solar energy, but one problem that persists is how to store and use energy from the sun even when it’s dark.

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/25/2015  1
We've told you several times about the 3D-printable clear optical material and online Printoptical process of LUXeXceL. But 3D printing and optics still don't make an intuitively ...

Features

Writing for Design News
5/6/2015
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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.

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.

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.

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