787 Dreamliner Still on Revised ScheduleShortages and Supply Chain Problems ImproveNew 787 General Program Manager Pat Shanahan said this morning the first flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner remains on the same revised schedule announced in October. Fastener shortages and supply chain problems have been worked out, but the present schedule remains aggressive. Full Story
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Engineering for the Military of the FutureAmbitious technical programs including Future Combat Systems are posing engineering development challenges in all facets of the U.S. military. Our features, podcasts, videos and photos reveal how materials, automation, sensors and simulation technologies are creating a new breed of soldier. Explore Now
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Composites Develop Dramatically with Solar Impulse
Super-lightweight wings will support silicon solar cells that will provide enough horsepower to propel the Solar Impulse by day and to charge batteries for night flight. Read More 2007 in Review: How’s Your Arabic?
One of the most stunning materials stories of 2007 has been the transfer of American plastics assets to oil powers in the Mideast. Read More Future Soldier Will Generate Power
The American soldier of the future will be garbed in an array of lightweight nanoscale materials that will provide ballistic protection and produce power through solar energy. Read MoreBoeing 787 Design Teams Switch Gears
A standards-based Internet software architecture may be ready to make a widespread move from the financial world to engineering, where it could enable technical project teams to communicate more securely with vendors and collaborators around the world. Read MoreMoving Compliance Upstream
As the compliance landscape heats up, forward-thinking companies are rethinking their engineering and product development processes to factor compliance requirements upstream in the design cycle rather than deal with the issue as an after-the-fact checkbox item. Read More
- PODCAST Mark Bryden, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, gives his take on how immersive virtual reality technology is changing the way products are designed in both the military and mainstream engineering.
Future Combat Systems Experiment 1.1 - VIDEO Watch this video of Future Combat Systems Experiment 1.1, which included Class 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV), performed in the New Mexico desert early in 2007. Watch Now
Extend the Life of Your Cylinders- WEBCAST In partnership with Bimba Manufacturing There are several factors to consider when maximizing the life of your pneumatic solutions, including the operating environment, the mounting type and the air quality. Learn best practices, tips and tricks for designing in the most efficient solutions. Watch Now
Increase Test Throughput with Multicore Technology and NI LabVIEW 8.5 Designed specifically for engineers and scientists, National Instruments LabVIEW software is multithreaded and inherently parallel, with built-in connectivity to I/O, extensive analysis functions, and advanced display and plotting capabilities. Automatically benefit from advances in multicore processor technology with the power of LabVIEW graphical programming. View interactive demos and evaluate LabVIEW online.
Sponsored Technology Content What's Your Amplifier's Febricity Due to Electricity? In partnership with Analog Devices
There are a few ways to get the junction or die temperature of a device and some are better than others. The many methods include a classic junction temperature equation, thermocouple, infared (IR) camera or the most accurate and least expensive way, an on-chip diode. Read More Design Tips for Engineers: Take a Fresh Look at Fastening and JoiningIn partnership with Hydro Aluminum
When considering overall product design and material requirements, engineers must carefully consider how best to join, attach and otherwise assemble multiple components. Part positioning, welding procedures and fastening methods can significantly affect product quality. Read More New Optical Encoder Technology for MiniaturizationIn partnership with Avago Technologies
Do you understand the market, characteristics and advantages of optical encoders? Know what the criteria and parameters are for a reflective encoder? What technology is new in the market? To find the answer to these and other questions, download and listen to this informative webcast. Read More Direct Digital Manufacturing is HereIn partnership with Stratasys
Direct digital manufacturing or rapid manufacturing is taking place today. Knowing what DDM is and how to implement within your company is a competitive advantage in today's manufacturing environment. Stratasys will cover these topics and more in this 4 part webinar. Read More
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What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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