3D Printing and Material Science

Sunday, May 17, 2015

3D printing continues to make headlines.  From ‘printing cars’ to printing jet engine parts, the field is growing.  The good news is that a lot of money is…

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Labor and the Next Generation

Monday, May 11, 2015

In the coming generation we may see the early expression of the science fiction novelist’s most popular premise; a world in which a significant amount of labor is…

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Energy & Storage

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Energy continues to make the news this week as the barrel price for crude oil goes up and gasoline prices at the pump increase.  Electricity, which has increased…

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Robot R&D

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Breakthroughs in robotics continue to make headlines.  Most of the interest generated by the dramatic reduction in system cost for the new class of “human safe” robots. Most…

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Patents and Patenting

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying “The Patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”  It was the intent of the American Patent system…

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You Can Fix Stupid

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ron White has famously said “You Can’t Fix Stupid”.  And he’s right, of course.  We all do stuff that’s a little crazy and generally, we live long enough…

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HuMan in the Machine

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What is it that is so special about the act of creation?  Mankind has the special gift to be able to create tools, and especially in the mechatronics…

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3D Printing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The press continues to cover, dare I say, saturate the media with stories about the emergence of 3D printing.  While the technology is extremely important, there is also a…

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Processors Everywhere

Sunday, February 8, 2015

In a world where compute capability continues to increase and costs continue to decrease, it’s hard to predict where the progression takes the industrial controls field.  The latest…

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Motors and Drives – Part 3

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The difference between rating a solid state device and an electric motor can make all the difference in actual practice.  Since we know that solid state electronics can…

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