Design News has editors advocating for and against a bailout to
domestic automakers. Editor-in-chief John Dodge argues for a bailout
while Materials Editor Doug Smock is urging lawmakers to say NO. Check
out the coverage below, and weigh in with your thoughts and comments.
Obama Should Tell Detroit's CEOs: No The auto lobby is pushing hard
for a federal bail out right now. As much as I support American
manufacturing, I think a federal bail out for GM, Ford and Chrysler
would be a tragic mistake...
GM, Ford and Chrysler Should get Bailed Out
This is National Dump on American Automakers Week. Cash-less GM, the poster child for industrial vision-less-ness, is
bearing the brunt of the finger-pointing and accusations. So I thought
it might be interesting to look just how innovative GM is and relate it
to the bailout...
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
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. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
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 Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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