There is now a 3D-printed rifle that can fire multiple rounds WITHOUT breaking. We’ve moved beyond the one-and-done 3D guns of the past. Now, we’re talking FOURTEEN shots before the gun fell apart.Last time we visited this topic, many commenters reminded me that people have been making guns out of random bits of things forever.
Avnet Electronics Marketing’s development kit for the Analog Devices dual-core Blackfin BF609 processor offers an updated pipelined vision processor (PVP) programmer and a new lens adapter. The new PVP Programmer add-in to the Blackfin development tool, CrossCore Embedded Studio, enables a
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Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,
Measurement Specialties has expanded its line of pressure sensors with two compact, high-performance units for demanding industrial applications. The M7100 and U7100 feature high reliability at a low price point. The new IP67-rated pressure transducers withstand high vibrations as well as harsh conditions, such as dust particles, contaminated water and corrosive fluids, making them ideal for use in demanding engine, vehicle and industrial applications.
POSITAL-FRABA’s LINARIX linear position sensors have been added to the list of products referenced by the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™. Through Encompass™ Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges.
Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations
The Ashcroft A-Series miniature pressure switch is available in a SIL capable explosion- proof configuration for hazardous areas. With 316 stainless steel construction, an IP67 rated enclosure and an operating temperature range from
In the semiconductor industry, precision testing is key to ensuring proper functionality and quality. Two types of testing are traditionally performed: 1) wafer testing 2) chip set testing Both types of tests require the use of relays with fast switching speed to carry various types of signals. Test boards are designed with as few as two relays or as many as several thousand per board.
TDK Corporation announces two new series of EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitors in extremely compact snap-in designs. The dimensions of the new B43640* and B43644* series are 22 x 25 mm to 25 x 55 mm (diameter x height), making both series significantly more compact than previous series for identically rated voltage and capacitance values.
From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation. As the U.S. looks to forge a path for sustainable economic growth for the nation, there is a powerful business tool that can help U.S. industry to fuel business performance and drive growth.
TDK Corporation announces the release of TDK-Lambda’s new CN50A24 series of 50W railway DC-DC converters. These quarter-brick modules operate off a wide range of DC inputs from 14.4 to 36.0VDC, which is widely used in the railway industry and for 24-volt vehicles. Available with output voltages of 5V, 12V, or 24VDC (adjustable ±10%), these fully-regulated and isolated power modules deliver exceptional performance.
Cypress Semiconductor expanded its market-leading USB product portfolio, adding a unique family of USB-Serial bridge controllers. The new CY7C6521x family is the first to provide dual-configurable serial channels for UART/SPI/I2C communication along with industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology....
Though around the world the ability to multitask is touted as a proof of superior work ethic, more than three decades of academic research has overwhelmingly demonstrated that multitasking substantially decreases the productivity of individuals. Studies show that switching between tasks can cause a loss of productivity as high as 40 percent when compared to single-tasking...
Pulse Electronics Corporation announces a unique new addition to the Sidewinder AC current sensor line, the PA3207NL. This non-round sensor specifically fits the standard 0.750"x0.093" buss bar of an ANSI 2S smart meter, making the design of the meter base simpler and the assembly easier.
Electronics engineers requiring reliable magnetic components for high voltage designs will find the Perfect-Layer Coil Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (IPI), is flexible and ideal for a wide range of applications. IPI’s perfect-layer coil-winding technology offers a number of advantages.
Isola Group has announced the site expansion of its Suzhou, China manufacturing facility. The substantial upgrade includes two additional hot oil presses, semi-automatic layup lines and an additional cleanroom. The new investments will enable faster time-to-market for printed circuit board fabricators...
On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.
Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!
Allied Motion Dordrecht announces the availability of an improved version of the proven brushless KinetiMax 54 motor series. The new 54 mm diameter KinetiMax 54 EB outer rotor motor with integrated drive electronics now has bidirectional speed control, overtemperature protection, and reverse polarity protection.
A number of innovating technologies designed to tremendously increase user comfort in wearable and implantable electronics and sensor applications is on the horizon. Imec works on stretchable electronic circuits that can follow the random 3D shape of an object or body part, such as light sources for integration in textiles...
Embedded memories are the most dense components within a system-on-chip (SoC), accounting for more than 50 percent of the chip area. Designed using aggressive design rules, embedded memories tend to be more prone to manufacturing defects and field reliability problems than any other core on the chip.
One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.
Torex Semiconductor has developed the XC9250/XC9251 series of 30V, 2A step-down DC/DC converters. The XC9250/XC9251 series is high breakdown voltage DC/DC converter with 30V operation, 2A output, and an internal driver Tr. With an input voltage of up to 30V, input rating of 36V, peak voltage of 46V for 400ms...
The Big Bang Theory — a television show that features four male scientists and engineers and an attractive blond waitress — is one of the top shows on TV. But a recent study has raised an interesting question: Does this show’s — and others like it's — depiction of what scientists and engineers look like actively discourage women from pursuing STEM degrees? According to the study, it might.