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Elon Musk Has 4 Keys to Colonizing Mars
Blog 
9/30/2016  Post a comment
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the company's plans for a Interplanetary Transport System that would make it possible to create a self-sustaining city on Mars.
Automation Vendors Validate the Importance of IoT
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9/30/2016  Post a comment
Two studies by leading companies show that energy plants are bullish on deploying IoT. They’re using connectivity for planning, productivity gains, and safety.
9 Ways Tech Can Get You In Trouble
Blog 
9/29/2016  1 comment
Technology has proven over and over again to be tremendously empowering, to individuals and organizations alike. Misuse that power, however, and you might find yourself in big trouble.
Chevy Bets Big on Diesel in New SUV
Automotive News 
9/29/2016  1 comment
Steadfast in its belief that diesel engines are right for the times, General Motors is expanding US availability of the compression-ignited technology in Chevrolet cars and light trucks.
Critical Security Controls Could Thwart 70% of Cyber Attacks
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9/29/2016  Post a comment
Most cyber attacks could be avoided by adopting a list of Critical Security Controls that were created by the Center for Internet Security. That’s the message from Steve Mustard of the Automation Federation.
How 3D Printing Can Be More Than Prototyping
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2016  Post a comment
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
What's Happening to Range Anxiety? New EVs Offer More Miles
Automotive News 
9/28/2016  28 comments
The term “range anxiety” began fading into the rear view mirror recently, as major automakers made announcements about longer-range, battery-powered cars.
The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
Blog 
9/28/2016  3 comments
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
DoE Creates Thermal Storage System for Nighttime Solar Use
Blog 
9/28/2016  2 comments
The Department of Energy has developed a new thermal-energy storage system for solar energy so it can be used at night.
A New Era for DSPs
Electronics News 
9/28/2016  Post a comment
Digital signal processors are gaining momentum in applications from voice activation to sports watches to holographic computing.
Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2016  4 comments
Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
Tipping Point for Virtual Reality Is Content
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9/27/2016  Post a comment
At the Design and Manufacturing show in Minneapolis last week, Myst creator Chuck Carter spelled out the future for Virtual Reality: content.
Fabric Harvests Solar, Motion Energy to Power Wearables, Textiles
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9/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
These Kickstarter Gadgets Deserve to be Funded
Blog 
9/26/2016  4 comments
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
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9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
Blog 
9/26/2016  4 comments
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Human Error Causes Most Engineering Disasters
Blog 
9/23/2016  22 comments
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
iPhone 7 Plus Teardown: No Headphone Jack, More Space
Blog 
9/22/2016  15 comments
Apple made some controversial decisions with its new iPhone 7 models, so what did they do with the extra space? The latest teardown from iFixit digs under the hood of Apple's new sensor-heavy phone.
BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
Blog 
9/22/2016  1 comment
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
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9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
Blog 
9/21/2016  2 comments
According to Cambium Networks, the top choice of help during a widespread emergency is the Internet.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
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9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Faster, Cheaper Composites for Automotive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Some carbon composite processes are moving into volume auto manufacturing, while intensive R&D is being conducted on many fronts to fast-track material and process development.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
Blog 
9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Experience VR at ESC Minneapolis With GigaParts
Blog 
9/20/2016  Post a comment
Engineers wanting a first-hand look at the latest virtual reality technologies are going to get their chance at ESC Minneapolis this week.
Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design
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9/20/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
Blog 
9/19/2016  3 comments
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
Industrial Cooling Unit Cuts Energy Consumption by 75%
Electronics News 
9/19/2016  4 comments
Using a hybrid design, a new cooling unit promises to cut energy consumption by a whopping 75% when it removes heat from electronic enclosures.
New Nanoscale Structures Give Metals a Boost
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2016  Post a comment
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Massive Air Vehicle Combines Features of Blimps and Airplanes
Blog 
9/16/2016  1 comment
Momentum is growing behind a technology that promises to combine the qualities of lighter-than-air airships with traditional fixed-wing aircraft.
SeaCharger Vessel Crosses Pacific Solely on Solar Power
Blog 
9/16/2016  6 comments
An autonomous seacraft has become the first unmanned surface vehicle to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii solely on solar power.
New Automation Technology Requires New ROI Calculations
Blog 
9/16/2016  Post a comment
A new study from MAPI suggests that automation technology can change production so significantly, it requires a new ROI calculation.
VR Is Having a Hard Time, But It's Here to Stay
Blog 
9/15/2016  1 comment
While market reports show slow going for virtual reality adoption, noted video game developer Chuck Carter says VR is here to stay, and that video games will be the driving force behind all of its applications, from entertainment to enterprise.
German Startup Crowdfunds Solar-Powered Car
Blog 
9/15/2016  19 comments
A German company has crowdfunded a new EV that uses solar power for charging during the day.
Your Next Job May Be As a 3D Printing Consultant
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2016  Post a comment
According to freelance website Upwork, demand has risen sharply since last year for engineers with experience of all kinds in 3D printing and AM.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
Blog 
9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
Smart Technology Is Replacing the Knowledgeable Baby Boomer
Blog 
9/14/2016  7 comments
Advanced manufacturing equipment now provides a level of plant understanding that goes beyond the knowledge of experienced automation engineers.
Tooling & Fixtures: The Unsung Application for 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
9/14/2016  Post a comment
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
Eggshell, Bone Used to Develop Eco-Friendly Construction Material
Blog 
9/14/2016  1 comment
A researcher at Cambridge University is working to develop construction material that emulates bone and eggshells in an effort to find more environmentally friendly ways to develop buildings for the cities of the future.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
Blog 
9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
'Sewbo' Robot System Automates Fabric Sewing in 3D
Blog 
9/13/2016  Post a comment
An industrial robot arm works with a sewing machine to construct an entire garment, not previously possible because of the inability of most robotic arms to handle limp, flexible fabrics.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
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9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
IoT Needs Security All the Way Down to the Sensors
Blog 
9/12/2016  3 comments
Embedded applications are far more vulnerable to security risks than most engineers realize, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
New Polymers Pave the Way for Innovation in Solar, Medical Fields
Blog 
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT and Singapore University have developed shape-memory polymers that can spring back to their natural shapes even after being drastically bent and twisted.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
Blog 
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
When Manufacturing Becomes a Video Game
Blog 
9/9/2016  1 comment
Advances in manufacturing are pushing the plant toward a fully digital operation with flexibility, speed, and efficiency.
Radio Technology Lets Wearables Piggyback on Power from Larger Devices
Blog 
9/9/2016  Post a comment
New radio technology from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows low-power devices to run by piggybacking on power from larger devices
See The Latest in Innovative Materials at the MD&M Innovation Tour
Engineering Materials 
9/9/2016  Post a comment
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
The iPhone 7 Is Crammed With New Sensor Technologies
Blog 
9/8/2016  22 comments
With the iPhone 7, Apple has finally made an iPhone upgrade that is more function than form, with a number of improvements in the device's sensor and chip technologies and a farewell to a consumer favorite analog technology.
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Two studies by leading companies show that energy plants are bullish on deploying IoT. They’re using connectivity for planning, productivity gains, and safety.
Proto Labs, known for its super-fast-turn prototyping and low-volume production services with multiple materials and processes, has added another service to its repertoire: rapid overmolding.
Technology has proven over and over again to be tremendously empowering, to individuals and organizations alike. Misuse that power, however, and you might find yourself in big trouble.
Steadfast in its belief that diesel engines are right for the times, General Motors is expanding US availability of the compression-ignited technology in Chevrolet cars and light trucks.
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