10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 4/16/2014 19 comments Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 4/16/2014 3 comments 3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
Product Design as a Team Sport
Blog 4/16/2014 11 comments Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 4/15/2014 2 comments Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
3D Printing High-Strength Carbon Composites Using PEEK, PAEK
Engineering Materials 4/14/2014 6 comments Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 4/9/2014 5 comments Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 4/8/2014 9 comments Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 4/8/2014 Post a comment The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
Guest Blogs 4/7/2014 10 comments To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 4/4/2014 1 comment Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 4/3/2014 Post a comment When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 3/27/2014 9 comments This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
Guest Blogs 3/25/2014 3 comments When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students youíre mentoring, you discover that itís one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. Youíll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if youíre already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
Guest Blogs 3/24/2014 5 comments Cyber-attacks and security have become a regular topic in the media because criminal hackers pose a perpetual threat to any companyís secure data. They present a larger dilemma in that hackers persistently develop new methods to steal sensitive data by looking for any vulnerable spots in a system.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 3/24/2014 3 comments In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Video: Is the MX3D-Metal the Future of 3D Printing?
Blog 3/20/2014 11 comments Unlike many of the 3D printers available, the MX3D printers can work around a part rather than building it straight up. Using such techniques, the printer can print objects on surfaces with angles and slopes or even directly onto walls. In addition, it can print curves and shapes with much more precision and accuracy.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Blog 3/19/2014 22 comments A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 3/18/2014 14 comments Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 3/17/2014 36 comments Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Carbon Composite Yacht Model
Engineering Materials 3/13/2014 4 comments CRP Technology has 3D-printed a 1:14 scale model of a yacht in carbon fiber composites to demonstrate the possibilities and give a boost to boat design. The material and process are also used for under-hood motorsport applications and in aerospace.
Machines Canít Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 3/5/2014 23 comments Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the worldís problems.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
Blog 3/4/2014 18 comments We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
Guest Blogs 3/3/2014 Post a comment Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.
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