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SABIC Dishes On 3D-Printed Car Materials
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2014  Post a comment
The Strati EV car printed at the IMTS show is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Security Is Going Down to the Device
Blog 
9/30/2014  Post a comment
In order to keep an enterprise truly safe from hackers, cyber security has to go all the way down to the device level. Icon Labs is making the point that security has to be built into device components.
India's Mangalyaan Probe Reaches Mars
Blog 
9/30/2014  12 comments
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  1 comment
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  20 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  10 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
Plant HMI Goes Millennial
Blog 
9/26/2014  17 comments
Plant user interfaces are beginning to incorporate the consumer features such as swipe, double tap, and pinch. The driver is Millennials who expect plant equipment to match the sophistication of the smartphone.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  16 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
3D-Printed Filament Is Wood-Reinforced Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
9/24/2014  5 comments
More bioplastic materials have entered the 3D-printable filament fray. These PLA formulations reinforced with wood or bamboo fibers will debut at the October Composites Europe show in Germany.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 
9/23/2014  16 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  25 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
An Engineer's Understanding of 'Feature-Advantage-Benefit'
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2014  9 comments
Feature-advantage-benefit could help engineers in how we approach design problems, how we sell our ideas to management, and how we market ourselves when it comes to jobs.
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 
9/18/2014  2 comments
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS
STEM Connection 
9/16/2014  13 comments
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  14 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Bad Bug Spray Baffles Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 
9/15/2014  2 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.
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 
9/12/2014  9 comments
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
Blog 
9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH
Captain Hybrid 
9/10/2014  13 comments
An engineering team from Ohio State University has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.
Robot Printer Comes to You
Blog 
9/10/2014  15 comments
Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
Video: These Robots Have X-ray Vision
Blog 
9/9/2014  9 comments
Two small, wheeled robots can "see" through a concrete wall using nothing but WiFi wireless communication. They can detect and measure everything on the other side: people and objects, their positions and geometry, whether they're moving, and what materials they're made of.
5 More Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
9/9/2014  17 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares more top advice for new engineering students. He wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Slideshow: Killer Robot Combats Ebola in Africa
Blog 
9/8/2014  25 comments
The recent Ebola outbreak that has affected four countries in West Africa has government and health officials trying to combat and contain the deadly virus. One doctor who developed a virus-fighting robot in the United States has traveled to Liberia with two of his inventions to aid them in that battle.
CO2-Based Plastic Nears Production
Engineering Materials 
9/8/2014  7 comments
Bayer MaterialScience is using CO2 to produce a precursor for high-quality polyurethane foam at its pilot plant in Leverkusen. The transition to full-scale manufacturing is expected in 2016.
California's Historic Plastic Bag Ban: It's a Good Thing
Engineering Materials 
9/5/2014  45 comments
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
High-Performance Electrics Hit the Blacktop
Captain Hybrid 
9/4/2014  19 comments
We’ve collected photos of electric cars, designed for both the neighborhood blacktop and the commercial dragstrip. From the Crazyhorse Pinto and the Killacycle motorcycle to the Tesla Roadster and the 500-HP Renovo Coupe, we offer a peek at the blistering performance of the electric powertrain.
Which Suppliers Do You Love?
Pamela Moore 
9/4/2014  4 comments
Take a Design News survey to identify the leading suppliers for design engineers.
What Mechanical Engineers Need to Know
Blog 
9/3/2014  6 comments
J. Robert Sims, president of ASME, explains the importance of mechanical engineering to technological advances in manufacturing, old energy, and new energy.
RFID: Watching the Plant Over the Radio
Blog 
9/2/2014  3 comments
RFID offers visibility into the plant. What inventory is being consumed? What stuff is being built? What's done and out the door?
Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools
Blog 
8/29/2014  48 comments
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
Market Your Business Using Portable Display Stands
Guest Blogs 
8/27/2014  6 comments
Businesses cutting across industries are increasingly making use of portable display stands in the UK for marketing.
5 Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
8/26/2014  23 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Programs & Technology Boost Manufacturing's Return
Blog 
8/26/2014  3 comments
Programs to boost domestic manufacturing combined with technological advances are bringing production back to the US.
Analytics Becomes Big Data & Goes Mainstream
Blog 
8/25/2014  1 comment
Plants are using big data to improve equipment performance and optimize the entire production system.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
Blog 
8/19/2014  31 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Who Should Be the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
8/18/2014  12 comments
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Injection-Moldable Composite Beats Metal Specs
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2014  18 comments
A new thermoplastic composite for high-speed, high-volume injection molding has tensile strength that's close to, and sometimes better than, either lay-up composites or metals.
Big Stars Become Robots in the 2000s
Blog 
8/14/2014  13 comments
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Enter Now for the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
8/14/2014  4 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Top 16 Robots in Late-90s Film & TV
Blog 
8/11/2014  20 comments
Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures.
The Next Generation of Design Challenges: Home Healthcare
Guest Blogs 
8/11/2014  11 comments
Medical devices will look and feel different in the next 20 years, because, as design and product development people, our criteria are changing.
Reflections on GoEngineer Kids’ Camps 2014
STEM Connection 
8/8/2014  3 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Plant Security: From Assets to iPhones
Blog 
8/6/2014  4 comments
Plants are moving their cyber security to the C-level as threats become more numerous.
Bad PCV Valve Takes Driver on Rough Ride
Made by Monkeys 
8/6/2014  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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