Design News, April 2013

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Contents April 2013 vol. 68 no. 4 Accelerating Engineering Innovation 38 42 48 Cover Story 38 Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing The line between materials and machines will blur when modular, self-reconfigurable robots and self-assembling engineered DNA bricks change the rules of product manufacturing. By Ann R. ThRyfT 48 There's no excuse for not Designing Virtually When design engineers want more than the default look and feel, software should be customizable and extensible. 54 Golden Mousetrap Awards: An evening in Pictures The unique demands of aerospace and defense manufacturing are stretching robotic system suppliers to add advanced control functions to keep up the pace of innovation. Rock Always wins in lawnmower Battle By RAy MAineR 20 The annual awards were presented at a live ceremony during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show. 12 Testing without ATS captain hybrid Auto execs: Plug-in hybrids will Soar, Pure eVs Decline IC engine innovations still seen as best bet to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025. By ChARleS J. MuRRAy Columns my opinion on ... made by monkeys The Maytag Repairman is Plenty Busy now By DAn MACCARThy By CABe ATwell AnD Shelly GReTlein Features 42 Robotic Advances in Aerospace Manufacturing 18 22 sherlock ohms The Subcontractor Zapped the network While we were off on holiday, a subcontractor completely discombobulated the electrical network. By RiChARD nASS By Al PReSheR As systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software,grows correspondingly. By RoD hine Cover Image: Debee rommel Design News | april 2013 | www.d esign n –5– continued

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