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NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Part -- This Time From Copper
Engineering Materials 
5/8/2015  Post a comment
NASA's been working on several different ongoing projects for 3D-printed rocket engine components in metals and now it's reached another first in aerospace 3D printing: a full-scale, 3D-printed rocket engine component made of copper.
Video: See How Ford Used Virtual Reality to Design the GT Supercar
Automotive News 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
Using a headset and a giant ultra-high definition display, Ford Motor Co. last week provided a glimpse of how virtual reality enabled its engineers to collaborate across continents on the design of its new GT supercar.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
Blog 
5/7/2015  3 comments
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
Blog 
5/7/2015  12 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
The Supply Chain Is Lacking a Common Standard for Wearables
Blog 
5/7/2015  1 comment
Wearables are expected to play an integral role in the Internet of Things (IoT), but before they do that, they must able to communicate with thousands and possibly millions of different devices.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
Blog 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
5 Challenges in Wearable Product Design You Can’t Afford to Forget
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2015  1 comment
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 
5/6/2015  7 comments
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
MDEAs Celebrate Excellence in Medtech Design and Engineering
Blog 
5/6/2015  Post a comment
Finalists have been announced for the annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs), recognizing the best achievements in medical device design and engineering.
Integrating Testing and Certification Elevates Product Development
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2015  Post a comment
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
Blog 
5/5/2015  4 comments
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
Strategic Design Advantages of Using Wireless Platforms
Blog 
5/5/2015  3 comments
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
What’s Your MEMS Story?
Blog 
5/5/2015  8 comments
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
Blog 
5/5/2015  2 comments
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Simulation Software Brings Big Changes to Cable Industry
Blog 
5/5/2015  Post a comment
Fully adopting multiphysics simulation software enables companies to optimize cable and systems designs for a wide range of harsh environments.
Why is McLaren Revving up Into Healthcare?
Blog 
5/4/2015  2 comments
McLaren is one of the biggest names in auto racing. But now it has its eyes on a whole new challenge -- innovating healthcare.
LiveWorx IoT Conference Will Stream Free
Blog 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
PTC will stream its LiveWrox IoT conference for free beginning Tuesday, May 5.
Plastics Industry Is Hot for Conformal Cooling but Constrained by Additive Technologies
Guest Blogs 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
3D Printing Student Design Contest Winners Announced
STEM Connection 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys has announced the winners in its 11th annual Extreme Redesign contest for middle school, high school, and college students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
Blog 
5/1/2015  9 comments
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.
Streaming Video Versus Machine Vision: How Do They Compare?
Guest Blogs 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between them, and these differences can be categorized as the type of lenses used, the resolution of imaging elements, and the underlying software used to interpret the data.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Lab
Sherlock Ohms 
5/1/2015  12 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Helical Planetary Gearboxes: Understanding the Tradeoffs
Blog 
5/1/2015  Post a comment
The choice between helical and spur gears in gearboxes may seem straightforward. But with planetary gearboxes, however, the choice between helical and spur gears requires some additional thought. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2015  5 comments
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/30/2015  1 comment
In the face of growing challenges for embedded technology engineers, designers should actually be designing for a new IoT -- the Internet of Tomorrow.
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
Blog 
4/30/2015  2 comments
With outsourcing down and reshoring up, the US saw a net gain of 10,000 manufacturing jobs that would have gone overseas last year.
Consider Human Factors Early in the Product Design Cycle
Guest Blogs 
4/30/2015  1 comment
As today’s product design cycles are held to tighter schedules and budget constraints, it’s becoming even more critical to consider human factors up front to catch and fix problems during the initial development stages, when it’s faster and less costly to do so. Overlooking human factors at the beginning of the design cycle could lead to poor user experience, a decrease in effective product performance, and an increase in safety risk to the user.
How Biomimicry Is Having an Impact on Sustainable Design
Blog 
4/30/2015  2 comments
Cas Smith is a biological engineer at Terrapin Bright Green, a consulting firm that specializes in green and sustainable design. At the core of his work is to explore how biomimicry can inform sustainable design. He discussed biomimicry and its implications for design and solving some of the world’s sustainability issues in an interview with Design News.
How Additive Manufacturing Is Making Injection Molding Cooler
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  1 comment
Plastic part manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce cycle time and get more productivity out of their injection molding machinery. One of the longstanding constraints in injection molding production has been cooling time. Removing parts from the mold before they have cooled induces warping or shrinking. But wait time works against productivity.
Executives Need to be on the Hook for Cyber Security
Blog 
4/29/2015  1 comment
Effective cyber security requires auditing and clearly defined security clearances.
Poison Frog Skin Inspires Coating for De-Icing Planes
Blog 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
Arizona State University recently opened an entire cross-discipline research center devoted to biomimicry. So it’s no surprise an ASU mechanical and research engineer there recently used this design method to come up with new coating for de-icing planes that can conserve the amount of antifreeze currently used by airports.
Aluminum Extrusion Increases Options to Optimize the Supply Chain, Part 1
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of an in-depth look at six added-value opportunities -- adjacent to the aluminum extrusion option -- that OEMs can integrate to upgrade supply chain interactions from basic buyer-vendor transactions to critical collaborations on strategic, single-source solutions.
Chemical Industry, Environmentalists Unite on Toxic Substances Control Act Legislation
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
The EPA is responsible for chemical safety issues, and it does so under the auspices of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is considered to be sufficient by almost no one.
Freescale's Pressure Monitors Can Save Lives … and Tires
Automotive News 
4/28/2015  7 comments
If you’ve ever seen a retread fly off a speeding 18-wheeler, then you’ll understand the value in Freescale Semiconductor’s latest tire pressure monitoring effort.
4 Reasons Why It’s a Dynamic Time in Medical Device Design
Guest Blogs 
4/28/2015  Post a comment
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
Tesla's New Battery Will Supply Energy for Your Home
Blog 
4/28/2015  15 comments
Tesla is expected to announce the release of a new battery aimed at powering your entire home.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Blog 
4/28/2015  Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
The Register That Wouldn't Register
Sherlock Ohms 
4/28/2015  1 comment
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
Blog 
4/27/2015  2 comments
(Video) NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is an EV inspired by manned rovers used for space exploration.
Watch John Oliver's Funny, Excellent Takedown of Patent Trolls
Blog 
4/27/2015  1 comment
Comedian John Oliver recently did a segment on patent trolls, offering a hiliarious take on a serious issue plaguing US industries.
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2015  Post a comment
United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Blog 
4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
UX Design: The Age of Voice Is Here
Guest Blogs 
4/24/2015  17 comments
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft Starters Spare Wear & Tear on Motors, Help Control Peak Energy Usage
Guest Blogs 
4/24/2015  5 comments
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
NIST Report Analyzes Measurement Needs for Powder Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2015  Post a comment
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
What Does It Take to Evolve from 2D to 3D CAD Modeling?
Guest Blogs 
4/23/2015  2 comments
Despite the astronomical benefits offered by 3D modeling, it is quite surprising that nearly 75% of the manufacturing industries still perform design operations using 2D CAD systems. What is the reason that keeps companies hesitant from adopting 3D technology?
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
Discover-E’s ‘New Face’ of Engineering Helps Bridge the Opportunity Gap
STEM Connection 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Discover-E has chosen its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2015, and the list includes an impressive number of young people who are using their roles as engineers to effect positive change through real-world applications of their skills and training. Design News had the opportunity to speak with one of them.
Moving Big Data to Equipment Design
Blog 
4/23/2015  1 comment
Industrial equipment can be improved by pushing big data from operations into the design process.
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