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Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
Is Pokémon Go the Tipping Point for AR?
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7/25/2016  3 comments
The popularity of Pokemon Go may be break open a new rush of augmented reality products.
Design Tool Zaps the Weight Out of Objects
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Inspire 2016 from solidThinking helps design engineers find the right product shape to reduce weight, maintain strength, and make the product easier to manufacture.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
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7/20/2016  3 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
DFMA Cuts Billions in Manufacturing Costs
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly software is a combination of Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly software. These software tools help to bring design and manufacturing together with the goal of reducing costs, improving quality, and promoting collaboration.
Take a Look at the Source Code That Landed Man on the Moon
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7/15/2016  24 comments
The source code for the guidance computer behind the Apollo 11 moon landing has been posted online -- and it looks like the programmers behind it had a healthy sense of humor.
Crawling the Dark Places for Data
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7/12/2016  4 comments
Dark Data lives inside company systems. It's the data that is hard to find if you're not on the team that created it.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
Most Manufacturers Use Antiquated Tools to Manage Their Parts
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
A survey by Arena Solutions finds that half of all product companies do not use PLM. They manage their parts using Excel or nothing.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
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6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
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6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Get Hands On When Debugging Real-time Embedded Software
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6/30/2016  1 comment
A 45-minute per day free course will take place July 11-15, and will walk engineers through a hands-on approach to debugging real-time embedded software.
Chemically Active 3D-Printed Structures Are Successfully Demonstrated
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6/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
CAD on the Run Speeds Formula One Racing
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
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6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
New Design Apps: from Augmented Reality to Smartphones
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6/23/2016  Post a comment
A look at how five different companies have introduced design apps that make the process of moving a product from design concept through manufacturing more efficient.
NI Leverages HP to Manage Big Data
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to create a data system that can handle high-volume sensor data.
Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
Attack of the Tomato Engineers
Electronics News 
6/20/2016  1 comment
Teaming with chefs and farmers, engineers from Analog Devices are using an “Internet of Tomatoes” approach to improve the quality of tomato crops in New England.
Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
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6/20/2016  3 comments
Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick explained the vulnerabilities to hacking during his keynote address at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing in New York last week.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
NASA and the Heart of Engineering
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
NASA has been at the heart of engineering since the Space Race, but with funding and political support waning, what will keep engineering’s blood flowing?
Technology Helps Overcome Poor User Interfaces ... and Other Problems
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
Technology has enabled many improvements in recent years. Now, German design company CAD Schroer has eliminated some typical 3D design weaknesses with the introduction of its updated solution.
Data Shows that Patients Want Consumer-like Medical Wearables
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you want people to use at-home or wearable medical devices, make the products fun and attractive.
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
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6/15/2016  5 comments
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
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6/14/2016  12 comments
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make sense for EVERY product to connect to the internet? Here are seven reasons to skip the I in IoT.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
Engineering Materials 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
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6/14/2016  Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
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6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Seeking the Big Data that Makes a Difference
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6/10/2016  Post a comment
Not all big data is useful. This panel of experts discusses how to determine what big data makes a difference.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
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6/9/2016  2 comments
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
Blog 
6/9/2016  4 comments
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
Gaining Real-World Experience in Formula SAE Series Racing
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
Imagine an educational experience for budding engineers to leave textbooks and theory behind and actually design, build, and test real vehicles. Imagine those students’ racing their own vehicles in an intense and exciting competition against other university teams. Formula SAE Series Racing has been making this dream a reality for more than three decades.
This Cutting-Edge Telescope Is a Security Camera for the Planet
Blog 
6/7/2016  10 comments
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope at Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems is a ground-based telescope that will, once installed on a mountaintop in Chile, scan the sky, taking detailed photos with a 3,200-megapixel camera every 10 seconds, over a 10-year period.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
Blog 
6/7/2016  2 comments
The value of product data grows when it’s captured across the product’s life, from early design through manufacturing and onto its life with the end user. Along the way, outside data can be gathered from suppliers and distributors. The goal is to capture enough data to identify and correct problems at the earliest possible moment.
Laying the Groundwork For Trusted Cyber Secure Ecosystems
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6/7/2016  Post a comment
CIP Security is evolving into a more robust security framework and adding solutions for device authentication and hardening.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
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6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
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6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Arrow and Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
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6/6/2016  Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
Are Firmware Updates Cramping Your Design Cycle?
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Updating firmware in the field through a bootloader is usually one of the last activities or thoughts on any development teams mind. Yet, field updates to firmware is potentially one of the most important activities a team will undertake to ensure their product remains relevant, feature rich, and robust.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality: Part Two
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
The ability to perform OTA updates to ECUs within the vehicle is an essential feature. Given the wide range of different ECUs in the vehicle on many different types of networks there is no one update process which will work for all ECUs. Each individual ECU should be evaluated to decide which strategy will lead to the ideal balance between cost and vehicle downtime.
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