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3D-Printed ‘Smart’ Biomaterials Respond to Stimuli, Can Degrade on Demand

September 20, 2017

Researchers at Brown University have demonstrated a 3D-printing technique for fabricating “smart” biomaterials that can respond to stimuli, self-heal, and degrade on demand, paving the way for a number of next-generation medical and other applications.

Last Days to Nominate Your Product for Innovation Recognition

September 20, 2017

Friday is the deadline to enter your stand-out artificial-intelligence, virtual-reality, computer vision, education, wearable, IoT, or open-source product for the Arm TechCon 2017 Innovation Awards. These awards are open to all exhibitors at ARM TechCon 2017 (October 24-26, 2017, in the Santa Clara Convention Center).  

Imagine Feeling What Your Autonomous Car Feels

September 19, 2017

Talk to someone who loves their car and you'll often hear them talk about having a feeling of oneness with their vehicle and how their car feels like an extension of themselves. It's a sensation that may go away if autonomous cars become ubiquitous and transform cars from less of an individualized experience and more into a travel utility akin to trains, buses, and airplanes.

Nano-Sized Actuator Lifts 165 Times Its Own Weight

September 19, 2017

Ants, though tiny, are known for their ability to lift things many times their own weight. Researchers have created a nano-sized device that acts similarly as a small muscle; while it weighs only 1.6 milligrams—or about the same as five poppy seeds—it can lift 265 milligrams, 165 times its own weight.

From Advanced Robotics to Rapid Prototyping: 10 of the Varied Faces of Smart Manufacturing

September 18, 2017

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

 

Advanced Materials Cut Weight of New Chrysler Minivan

September 18, 2017

Using a blend of advanced materials, Fiat Chrysler engineers have created a stiff minivan body that’s 168 lbs lighter than predecessors.