Machines Can’t Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 3/5/2014 18 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 world’s problems.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
Blog 3/4/2014 13 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.
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 2/28/2014 72 comments While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Simple Programming Fixes
Sherlock Ohms 2/28/2014 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.
Autodesk Acquires Delcam
CAD/CAM Corner 2/27/2014 Post a comment Autodesk, a leader in 3D design solutions, announced earlier this month that it has completed its acquisition of Delcam, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM manufacturing software, in its efforts to expand the company’s manufacturing software capabilities.
Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
Guest Blogs 2/27/2014 9 comments When most people think of their car’s fuel tank, it’s a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
The 'Servitization' of Aircraft Design
Guest Blogs 2/26/2014 7 comments Regardless of how each aircraft manufacturer ultimately measures success, they all grapple with the same basic question: What can we do to optimize our asset's availability for its intended use?
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 2/25/2014 9 comments With labor becoming a smaller part of most companies’ total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
CAD to Commerce
Guest Blogs 2/21/2014 4 comments The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 2/11/2014 16 comments If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
America Makes Funds Second Wave of 3D Printing Projects
Engineering Materials 2/6/2014 5 comments The former National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute awarded funds to a second wave of 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects. They involve multiple processes, metal and polymer materials, and several companies we've discussed before.
Software Takes Care of Engineer Grandstanding
CAD/CAM Corner 2/5/2014 13 comments Agilent, solidThinking, and MSC Software are hoping to take the top prize in the CAD/PDM/PLM software category of this year's Golden Mousetrap Awards. Here's what we know about solidThinking's Inspire.
Don't Fear the Cloud, Embrace It
Guest Blogs 1/29/2014 25 comments The cloud is everywhere; it's always connected and it has your data. Dropbox, Google Docs, and other tools have changed our file-sharing workflow forever. Productivity and communication have improved tenfold. So the question is, will our design applications make the jump to the cloud as well?
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 1/22/2014 Post a comment We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
3D Print Metals For Under $2,000
Engineering Materials 1/21/2014 30 comments You can build a low-cost open-source 3D printer that makes metal parts for less than $2,000, designed by Joshua M. Pearce and his team at Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU and Sigma Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding to support commercial development.
Does Technology Restrict Creativity?
Guest Blogs 1/20/2014 15 comments Will future generations lack creativity as technology and design develops, so that we're in a more controlled and creatively limited environment, or are we simply a species that rolls with the times?
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 1/20/2014 23 comments Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.