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New cargo plane design takes off, lands vertically

October 16, 2014 12:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Historically, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles have been relegated to helicopters and expensive military aircraft. Yet the design, as applied to commercial aircraft, has not been successful without significant sacrifices in flight capabilities....

The skills gap & why we need a modern Rosie the Riveter

October 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States ...

Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

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Micro SIM connector features a slim 1.50 mm profile

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a brand new Push-Push Micro SIM connector, which delivers functionality, combined with cost effective pricing. Suitable for 3ff Micro SIM cards, the CH03-GB has a 1.50 mm profile and measures just .620” x .676”....

This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

Connector delivers easier, faster field termination

October 14, 2014 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new CeeLok FAS-X connector that combines rugged reliability with signal integrity to support current high-speed protocols and new, faster protocols on the horizon. The new connector features....

BGA socket features elastomer capable of 75 GHz

October 14, 2014 12:42 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 75 GHz, very low inductance, and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-6008 socket is designed for 27x27 mm package size....

Why I'm bullish on OLED lighting in automotive

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling industry for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry is now entering a phase of concerted efforts to achieve commercialization on a wider scale. OLED lighting is inching toward mass production, particularly for industrial and large-scale....

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The Microsoft CEO just offered women the worst career advice possible

October 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never cared for Microsoft. I think their products are pretty terrible and non-intuitive. (Yes, I recognize that I’m writing this in Microsoft Word, but I do so under protest.) I appreciate, from a business standpoint, the success....

The world's second printed car

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Strati is not the world’s first 3D-printed car. The first one, to the best of my knowledge, was the Urbee, and you saw it in PD&D back in February 2011 (A Work in Progress). Since then, we’ve seen 3D printing capture the global imagination....

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

Banning plastic bags may be bad science

October 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Manufacturing.net comment boards blew up when California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a state-wide plastic bag ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, and liquor shop....

DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

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Does California drone ban violate the 1st Amendment?

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

California took the first step toward substantially regulating the drones when it passed a bill banning their use by paparazzi. And I think many of us would applaud the decision – the bill prevents UAVs from capturing images of people without their consent....

Connectors include RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating

October 6, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces a new RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating for its DEUTSCH standard MIL-DIL-38999 Series III connectors. Along with TE’s recently announced black zinc nickel plating, this new coating further expands TE’s response....

Optical assemblies provide system reliability in extreme environments

October 6, 2014 12:13 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces it will highlight its Hermetic-Sealed Multi-Fiber Circular MT Optical Assemblies in Molex booth 317 at MILCOM 2014, the Military Communications Conference, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center....

Micro-miniature push-on connectors rated to 40 GHz

October 6, 2014 9:28 am | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has expanded its line of SMP micro-miniature push-on connectors and adapters. Designated the 032 series, Coaxicom's SMPs are compatible with the Gilbert GPO and the Tyco OSMP. They are 50 Ω connectors rated....

QFN socket designed for 10x10 mm package size

October 3, 2014 1:23 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new QFN socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance, and wide temperature applications. The SMP-QFN-8008 socket is designed....

How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offer....

UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

FPC/FFC connector features improved operability and robustness

October 2, 2014 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kyocera Connector Products Corporation (San Diego, CA) announced the availability of its 6809 Series 0.5mm-pitch FPC/FFC connector which features improved operability as well as robustness by focusing on the assembly line workers’ method of operation....

Get off your computer

October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new editorial intern for ECN magazine was definitely unforgettable. At first, I was a little bit nervous, hoping that I was the right guy for the job. I wasn’t....

Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

Are engineers too smart for their own good?

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I can have an ongoing dialogue with multiple design engineers every day. Sure, sometimes the conversations are a bit feisty as things heat up in the pddnet.com comments section (where cooler heads rarely prevail)....

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