Rich, the continuing education program is a great service provided by design news. Even for experienced practitioners it is useful in that it is useful to see up to date information on a topic. The breadth of the topics is also very useful. Keep it up.
Agreed, Naperlou. It's a great service. I've been amazed how many people attend the sessions from all over the world. They tend to get the buzz going by logging onto the site 30 minutes before class. I believe I've seen every continent represented among our attendees.
Hopefully this is something Design News can continue to expand into other topic areas. We all know it's important to re-invent ourselves by keeping up with the latest technologies. Depending on your job, that can be more difficult. These types of course are great opportunities.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.