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The Apple Car: A Bridge Too Far?
8/22/2016  9 comments
In the war for consumer dollars, Apple needs another win. But is the rumored Apple Car too far of a reach for the iPhone giant?
Engineering the Olympics: Pole Vault
8/19/2016  Post a comment
Engineers use finite element analysis to simulate the behavior of a pole vault.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
Changes in CAD Functionality Keep Coming
8/17/2016  Post a comment
Given a product as mature as CAD, it’s surprising how much new functionality is still getting added to the old war horse.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
ORNL Speeds Up 3D Printing at the Nanoscale
Engineering Materials 
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
GoPiGo Turns a Raspberry Pi Into a Robot Car
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Take a look at the GoPiGo robotics kit that lets students and hobbyists build a programmable mobile robot.
Suppliers Design Materials for 3D Printing from the Ground Up
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Engineers need workhorse materials with beefy mechanical properties for industrial designs made with 3D printing. Very few have been designed from the ground up for additive manufacturing, but that picture is beginning to change.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
3D Printing a Must In the Brave New World of Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2016  Post a comment
The evolving world of AM and some of its challenges will be discussed by a panel of hands-on experts in 3D printing at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
How to Justify Purchasing Embedded Software Development Tools
8/8/2016  1 comment
Five justifications developers can use with management to push that desperately needed tool through the approval process.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
8/3/2016  Post a comment
Innovators working with an effort called Project Escher at design software firm will soon release a new software product that should greatly increase the performance of 3D printing. The new solution applies a parallel processing model to 3D printing, by supporting a new type of hardware that engages multiple nozzles to produce a single item.
SIGGRAPH 2016: The Best Emerging Interactive Technologies
8/2/2016  Post a comment
Real-time facial reenactment, VR that lets you feel without gloves, the next stage for augmented reality, and a novel system for materials design: Take a look at some of the most exciting research and emerging innovations featured at SIGGRAPH 2016.
5 Tips For Using a Software Architecture
8/2/2016  6 comments
Despite the increasing complexity that many embedded products are experiencing, my interactions with a few dozen clients has shown me that software architecture is heavily neglected and in many cases misunderstood.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
7/29/2016  7 comments
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2016  Post a comment
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
7/27/2016  6 comments
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
7/27/2016  1 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?
7/25/2016  4 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
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?
7/20/2016  4 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
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
7/15/2016  29 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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  2 comments
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
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
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
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?
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