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Spintronic Logic Circuit Can Operate 1000x Faster Than CMOS

By RP Siegel | July 27, 2017

Professor Joseph S. FriedmanAn engineering breakthrough at the University of Texas at Dallas could lead to computing devices that can operate as much as 1000 times faster than current processors. Assistant Professor Joseph S.

Blending Generations in the Engineering Workplace

By Mitch Maiman | July 27, 2017
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So much is written these days regarding the polarization of the generations. It is common to hear generalizations about boomers and millennials.

12 Important Insights from the Minds of Engineers

By Chris Wiltz | July 26, 2017

 

3D Printing Process for Electronic Touch Sensory Devices Developed

By Tracey Schelmetic | July 26, 2017

The multi-material, multiscale and multifunctional process has the potential to open opportunities in applications such as health monitoring, medical devices, orthotics and flexible electronics. It also has far-reaching implications for robotics, as 3D printed stretchable electronic sensory devices could give robots the ability to “feel” their environment, which could be relevant to many robotics processes from manufacturing to remote surgery by robotics (in which the surgeon is in a different location than the patient).

3D-Printing Method Creates Shape-Shifting Objects That Change Permanently

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 26, 2017

A cross-institutional team of researchers has developed a new 3D-printing method that creates objects that can change their original shapes permanently in response to heat.

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China developed the objects by printing layers of shape-memory polymers that each respond differently when exposed to heat.

Will Your Engineering Industry See Jobs Growth Over Next 7 Years?

By Rob Spiegel | July 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

This is part one of a two-part article. Part one includes the disciplines Aerospace through Electrical Engineering. Part two will look at Electro-Mechanical Technicians through Petroleum Engineering. Watch DesignNews.com for part two in the month of August.

New Process Enables Precision 3D Printing of Silicone

By RP Siegel | July 25, 2017

Silicone is an excellent material for biomedical applications due to its inherent biocompatibility. The ability to 3D print implantable medical devices would be highly desirable because it would allow for: quick turnaround, local production in a medical facility, precise renderings of highly complex objects, and the ability to customize each device to fit each individual patient. However, 3D-printing with silicone has proven difficult.

At Your Fingertips: How Leap Motion Lets You Control VR With Your Bare Hands

By Chris Wiltz | July 24, 2017

Virtual reality has an interface problem. In fact, if you asked the team at Leap Motion, they'd say all of modern technology does. But Leap Motion's sensor-based controller could change all of that by allowing us to interact in the digital world using the world's oldest and most user-friendly mode of input – our bare hands.

Touch-Sensitive Fibers Eyed for Use in Wearable Devices

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 24, 2017

Touchscreen-like capability may be coming to wearables thanks to new touch-sensitive elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.

Google Glass is Back, With a Focus on Enterprise

By Chris Wiltz | July 21, 2017

If it were a movie you might call it Google Glass 2: Enterprise Rises.

After halting sales of Google Glass in 2015, Google's parent company, Alphabet, has announced it will be re-releasing the headset, this time with a target toward enterprise over consumer.