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Infographic: Are Engineers Really Qualified?

April 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer?    

Design as an Art Form

April 23, 2014 10:44 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Blogs | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and...

Near-Death Experience Inspires New Design

April 23, 2014 10:23 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but if you add a shell and a self-balancing system, that’s a...

MapleSim Toolbox Expands Control Design Capabilities

April 22, 2014 12:48 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maplesoft has announced an update to the MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, an add-on to MapleSim...

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Progress Made in Developing Nanoscale Electronics

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Peter Iglinski, University of Rochester | News | Comments

Researchers are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Alexander Shestopalov, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, has ...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printed Headdress Is Wearable Art

April 21, 2014 4:50 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

The Quixotic Divinity headdress is the premiere piece of wearable art from Chicago-based artist, and longtime proponent of the 3D-printed medium, Joshua Harker. The headdress debuted on the runway in November 2013 at the 3D Printshow held at ...

Behind the Mask

April 21, 2014 4:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Inspired by the intent to push the limitations of existing technology, laser-sintering system provider EOS sponsored his design, growing (laser sintering) the 8 ½-pound headdress on an EOSINT P 760 additive manufacturing (AM) system ...  

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Envisioning an Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a “roadmap” that details innovative analog-based techniques that could ...

Testing Protocols in Internet-of-Things

April 17, 2014 1:33 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Protocol conformance and performance testing are two branches of testing designed to determine compliance and performance of protocol implementations to their standard. Researchers focus on converging these two kinds of ...   

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5-Meter Distance

April 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also ...

HotSpot: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions ...

3D Printing, Digital Execution & the Manufacturing Renaissance

April 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies ...

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What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

Mouser Helps Connect with the TI Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad

April 10, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now supplying the new Texas Instruments Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad and Evaluation Kit. This new evaluation kit supports the Texas Instruments Tiva C Series of microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex‑M4F with floating point unit. The new ...

We’re Not Out of Engineers Yet

April 10, 2014 3:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation. If you strike up a conversation with ...

Photos of the Day: Cliff Face Walkway Has Glass Floor

April 10, 2014 1:37 pm | by DuPont | News | Comments

High above the Sunwapta Valley in the Canadian Rockies is a breathtaking view of glaciers and mountains made more accessible with ‘The Glacier Skywalk,’ a 35 m (115 ft.) cantilevered glass-floored observation platform. The initial design concept ...

How Engineers Deal with Marketers

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | by Lauris Beinerts | Videos | Comments

Only an engineer can truly understand the challenges that arise when communicating with they are defined as an expert and left to translate technicalities to a room of marketers ...           

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Researchers Try 3D Printer to Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a ...

Fastening Technology & Bolted/Screwed Joint Design

April 9, 2014 4:16 pm | by Seminars for Engineers | Events

This two-day seminar was developed to give engineers and other technical personnel a better understanding of the complexities of mechanical joining with fasteners. Insufficient guidelines and outdated information can lead to catastrophic failures or costly over-designs.

XP Power Brings Power Product Lineup to Digi-Key

April 9, 2014 4:09 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has announced a global distribution agreement with XP Power, a power-solution leader offering the widest range of ...

Creativity & Innovation Need to Talk More

April 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Creativity and innovation are not sufficiently integrated in either the business world or academic research, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Edinburgh and Brunel University. The findings are the result of the ...

Infographic: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea

April 9, 2014 11:41 am | by Kylee Swenson Gordon, Line/Shape/Space | News | Comments

Are you a product designer, inventor, and/or entrepreneur excited to bring an idea to life, yet regularly discouraged by stumbling blocks along the way? It’s not so easy to manufacture a product and bring it to market, is it?   

Crowdfunding Is Killing the Hardware Revolution

April 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

While the prototyping process may be cheap, it has become increasingly common for companies to launch crowdfunding campaigns without a basic understanding of the manufacturing process. In turn, they have failed to ...    

Smaller Microchips That Keep Their Cool

April 8, 2014 1:10 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Temperatures often over 200 degrees C occur in geothermal and oil production – conventional microelectronics hit their limits there. Researchers have now fabricated compact microchips that can keep their cool even at 300 degrees C. An enormous treasure slumbers in ...

HP Too Big, Too Late

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Home-printer and computer-maker, Hewlett-Packard, has announced that they will make an announcement in June about the company’s intent to enter the 3D printing market. Though they are clearly tardy to the party, HP has set its sights on conquering ...

The Modern Material Sourcing Process

April 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Stephen Hoshaw | Articles | Comments

Business has a few simple truths. Production costs drive prices is one of them. Materials must be found, parts must be created, and products must be assembled. At every point of the process is a cost and behind every production is a ...  

Why Google’s Modular Smartphone Might Actually Succeed

April 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services. In a two-story building in an industrial district of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ara Knaian shows off prototypes of what could be the industry’s first ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Ultimate Workshop

April 7, 2014 10:44 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Autodesk Inc, Epilog Laser, Omax Corporation | News | Comments

This past week I had the opportunity to tour the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 in San Francisco. The facility, spanning 27,000 square feet, houses some of the most advanced subtractive, and additive manufacturing tools in the business ...  

Electronics That Dissolve When Triggered

April 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Iowa State | News | Comments

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could ...

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