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Turning Away the Next Einstein

Automation and Control Publish Date: May 24, 2011
The debate over the paucity of engineers available for highly skilled design and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. has been raging for years. I’ve seen fingers pointed at causes ranging from the...

Powder Metal Industry Jumps Back

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: May 23, 2011
After five consecutive weak years, the North American powder metallurgy (PM) began growing again last yearMichael E. Lutheran, president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF)...

Autodesk 123D Takes Aim At DIY Makers

Software and Hardware Publish Date: May 20, 2011
I recently wrote  about 3-D CAD vendors wanting a piece of the low-end CAD market. While companies like Alibre and SpaceClaim came into being to go at that segment, the mainstream CAD vendors...

Multi-Touch For The Masses

Software and Hardware Publish Date: May 19, 2011
Who could forget the infamous “map”–in real life, a souped up touch screen–that CNN’s John King used all during the 2008 presidential election to chart the electoral votes state by...

Shotgun Design Gives Steel Skin in the EV Game

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: May 19, 2011
Steel is very much in the game for next-generation, electric vehicle designs. There’s been plenty of focus on lightweight materials, such as aluminum or carbon fiber reinforced plastics, that...

Solar-Powered Sensors

Automation and Control Publish Date: May 19, 2011
Sensor designers and developers continue to make their mark as significant innovators in the automation and control sector. Over the past few years we’ve seen several examples of cutting edge...

Industrial Pushbuttons Go Wireless, Batteryless

Automation and Control Publish Date: May 17, 2011
Wireless pushbuttons made their most famous debut with the Zenith TV remote control in 1956. Ever since, the land of the wireless pushbutton has remained, for the most part, in the realm of the...

Microchip Rolls Out Android Development Kit

Electronics and Test Publish Date: May 17, 2011
Microchip Technology, Inc. has rolled out an accessory development kit for Android-based mobile devices. The kit could be used to develop applications for automotive, home, fitness, health, and...

CorelCAD Latest Entry In Low-End CAD Market

Software and Hardware Publish Date: May 13, 2011
Seems like everyone wants a piece of the low-end of the CAD market.  The latest vendor to stake out a claim on that turf is Corel, a maker of such graphics and technical illustration design tools...

Plastic, Wood, Fake Wood or Concrete?

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: May 13, 2011
That’s the question in a makeover of the iconic Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York. The debate over the last year or so has become an interesting intersection of emotion, aesthetics,...