Special Coverage

Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

Have you faced internal hurdles when trying to introduce additive manufacturing?

This week's "Sound-Off" article featured advice on how to bring a 3D-printing approach to the organization. What do you think? Have you faced internal hurdles when trying to introduce additive manufacturing?

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Developing Safety-Critical System & Software Requirements

Requirements: The foundation of every safety-critical system. But as systems complexity expands and product development schedules compress, the foundation must support them. Guest presenter Vance Hilderman, CEO of safety-critical systems and software engineering consultancy AFuzion, explains how to build, maintain and reuse a rock-solid requirements foundation.

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Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Digital Engineering

This Webinar illustrates applications of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) techniques that will be necessary for full implementation of model-based digital engineering. The role of UQ techniques and software, such as SmartUQ, in end-to-end system models, reduced order modeling and probabilistic analysis, the creation of an authoritative digital surrogate “truth source”, and the creation of uncertainty budgets will be discussed.

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How to Reduce Production Costs with Rapid CNC Machining

Machining remains a valuable manufacturing method for plastic and metal components. Rapid CNC machining looks at manufacturing differently than traditional CNC machining—understanding how to design for rapid CNC machining can accelerate production speed and reduce part costs.

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Turning Homes into Power Stations

A new solar project, called SUNRISE, will develop printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes that can be used to construct solar energy products in India. These will then be integrated into buildings in five villages, allowing them to harness solar power to provide their own energy and run off-grid. The plan is to encourage local industries to manufacture affordable prefabricated buildings that can generate, store, and release their own power.

Posted in: News, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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Method to Revolutionize Battery Recharging

University of Sydney researchers have developed a three-stage method to recharge zinc-air batteries. While zinc-air batteries are currently used as an energy source in hearing aids and some film cameras and railway signal devices, their widespread use has been hindered by the fact that, up until now, recharging them has proved difficult.

Posted in: News, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage
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Are you concerned about the integrity of 3D-printed parts?

This week's INSIDER story features a new method for verifying the integrity of critical 3D-printed parts, from brakes to aircraft components. What do you think? Are you concerned about the integrity of 3D-printed parts?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Dr. Keiko Munechika, Manager, Nanofabrication, aBeam Technologies, Hayward, CA

Dr. Munechika — along with Alexander Kosh­elev and Giuseppe Calafiore at aBeam Technologies, and Stefano Cabrini at the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — is developing a process that would enable widespread adoption of nano-optic technology. The team perfected a technique for fabricating a Campanile probe, whose tapered, four-sided shape resembles the top of the Campanile clock tower on UC Berkeley’s campus. The probe focuses an intense beam of light onto a much smaller spot than is possible with current optics.

Posted in: Who's Who, Optical Components, Optics
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Simulation, Development, and Field Measurement Validation of an Isolation System for a New Electronics Cabinet in the Space Shuttle Launch Environment Within the Mobile Launch Platform

Selecting the proper vibration isolation system is crucial for aerospace engineers. Without it, a structure can be seriously compromised – or worse, destroyed.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Test & Measurement
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Thermal Management Solutions for Embedded Computing Systems

Embedded computing systems used in many military and industrial applications are trending toward higher heat fluxes and power requirements. As a result, performance is being hindered by thermal limitations. This is intensified by the enclosed nature of server racks and harsh ambient conditions experienced in many of today’s applications. The thermal path typically involves a heat spreader to get heat from the electronics components to the edge of the board, a retainer clamp/lock to mechanically and thermally couple the board to the chassis and heat spreading or dissipation from the outside of the enclosure.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Electronics & Computers
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