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New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2015  1 comment
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Blog 
1/28/2015  11 comments
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
Blog 
1/28/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
Blog 
1/26/2015  6 comments
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
Blog 
1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Blog 
1/23/2015  5 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  2 comments
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  8 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  13 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
NYC Gets its First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine
Blog 
1/20/2015  30 comments
A recycling center in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, has deployed the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine, providing a good test bed that could pave the way for similar deployments in the future.
The Case for CFD: Uncovering the Science Behind Internal Combustion Engine Phenomenon
Guest Blogs 
1/20/2015  Post a comment
Internal combustion engines are ruling power generation applications even today, and improvising them to churn out every slice of power is still an area of research for the engineering community.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  16 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
2015 Trend Watch: Cyber Security Fears and the Supply Chain Cloud
Blog 
1/15/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers are eyeing cloud-based computing with its compelling advantages. Yet fears of cyber vulnerabilities may hold them back.
Will Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Work?
STEM Connection 
1/15/2015  30 comments
If done properly, the president’s plan could benefit nearly everyone. Of course, given the realities of Washington politics, it’s hard to tell whether anything -- or, at least, anything good -- will ever come of this proposal.
2015 Trend Watch: The IoT Booms but Needs Standards
Blog 
1/14/2015  Post a comment
Whether you call it the IoT, the IIoT, Industry 4.0, or Advanced Manufacturing, it's coming on big in 2015, and it’s going to change the very nature of manufacturing, according to Manufacturing Trends to Watch, produced by Frost and Sullivan's Gil Manufacturing Leadership group.
2015 Trends to Watch in Manufacturing: US Growth
Blog 
1/13/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing is growing rapidly, but reshoring isn't adding much to the expansion.
Will Cheap Oil Boost Manufacturing?
Blog 
1/12/2015  13 comments
At the moment a barrel of oil is under $50. It may soon be under $30, quite a collapse from the $112 per barrel we saw just last summer. The oil crash is prompting a question: will low energy costs result in a rise in US manufacturing? While headlines suggest a coming boom for manufacturing, the story is actually mixed.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
Engineering Disasters: 1984 Romeoville Refinery Blast
Blog 
1/7/2015  6 comments
The 1984 Romeoville refinery explosion was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history.
Sony Hack Should Sound Off Alarm Bells for Industrial Sector
William Ng 
1/7/2015  2 comments
The real silver lining to come out of the Sony hack scandal was the sobering affirmation for both the US government and private sector that we have long-term and persistent cyber enemies from anywhere in the world.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
Blog 
1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
Does a Messy Desk Mean a Creative Mind?
Blog 
1/6/2015  26 comments
Many of the greatest minds in past and current history sat behind very unkempt desks. What does your desk say about you?
Industrial Networks May Be the Next Sony
Blog 
1/6/2015  5 comments
Retail and corporate sites took a beating from hackers in 2014, but 2015 may be the year of high-profile attacks on industrial networks.
When Good Companies Make Bad Decisions
Blog 
1/6/2015  19 comments
Nearly every engineer has a story or two about mind-bogglingly stupid management decisions. The universality of this experience is one reason why Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoons have enjoyed more than 25 years of popularity.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Scary IEEE Tech Predictions for 2015
Blog 
12/31/2014  16 comments
The IEEE Computer society provides 2015 predictions that pose real challenges. What are the trends that will rock your world in the coming year?
Agile Robots Will Rule in 2015
Blog 
12/30/2014  37 comments
2015 may become known as the year of the robot, just as 2014 was the year of connected everything. The recent shift in robotics is not centered on mammoth packaging or welding machines, but rather on small agile machines that are safe around humans.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You Still Have an IBM XT
Blog 
12/29/2014  46 comments
Do you see a perfectly good design and still insist on changing it? You might be an engineer.
Engineers Just Love Team-Building Exercises
Blog 
12/23/2014  39 comments
Engineer comic Don McMillan explains the fun engineers have with team-building exercises. Can you relate?
Two Big Lessons to Be Learned From the Sony Hack
Blog 
12/22/2014  38 comments
The damage to Sony from the cyber attack seems to have been heightened by failure to follow two basic security rules.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Gadget Freak 
12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
Blog 
12/19/2014  22 comments
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  36 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
Blog 
12/19/2014  11 comments
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Engineering Materials 
12/19/2014  6 comments
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  37 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
Investment in Equipment Grows As U.S. Manufacturing Booms
Blog 
12/17/2014  1 comment
As U.S. manufacturing booms, companies are beginning to invest in new equipment.
Alcoa's Micromill Process, Alloy Could Change Car Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2014  10 comments
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
Reshoring Will Continue as U.S. Manufacturing Booms in 2015
Blog 
12/16/2014  5 comments
New research from the Georgia Center for Innovations for Manufacturing shows manufacturing will boom in 2015 as reshoring continues to bring production back to the U.S.>
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
Blog 
12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
Big Data Is Driving Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
12/15/2014  3 comments
Big data and predictive maintenance are helping manufacturers become more efficient.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  37 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
‘Wind Tree’ Provides Artistic Take on Turbine Design for Smart Cities
Blog 
12/9/2014  18 comments
New Wind's Wind Tree has 72 "leaves" that are actually mini wind turbines. The power output of the tree is 3.1 kilowatts with the potential to generate 3,500 kWh to 13,500 kWh depending on the wind.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Gadget Freak 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Web Applications Are Ripe for Attack
Blog 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Protecting web applications is a constant race to make sure security practices are a step ahead of attackers. Writing secure web application requires discipline, deep knowledge of web technologies, and coordination across disciplines throughout the development lifecycle. Learn how to secure web applications during the Design News CEC course, "An Introduction to Web application Security."
Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science
Blog 
12/5/2014  6 comments
Most science-fiction writers come to their subject well-schooled in the liberal arts, not science. Phillip K. Dick studied philosophy. Roger Zelazny picked up an MA from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. A surprisingly small handful started out as professionals in technology. Here’s a look at the few classic science-fiction writers who were actually trained in science, be it physics, math, or engineering.
Amazon Enlists Robotic Elves to Help Ship Your Gifts
Blog 
12/5/2014  13 comments
Amazon's fulfillment centers are turning to robots as a solution to manage the high volume of holiday season orders.
Industry Momentum Moving Toward Low Current Consumption
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2014  1 comment
As industrial applications increasingly use process control systems utilizing sensor feedbacks to monitor various operating parameters, energy sources and consumption are becoming major factors of a system.
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