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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in August 2013
From Napkin to Production
Guest Blogs 
8/30/2013  31 comments
After a night out with the guys, burning through five bar-napkin sketches, the perfect product idea is born. Or is it? How do you determine if your idea is worthwhile and worth pursing?
More Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/30/2013  38 comments
We discuss more major developments in the 3D printing industry, and focus on what's happening in materials.
Surfing in 3D: Printed Boards Make Waves in Custom Design
Blog 
8/29/2013  36 comments
Chicago-based startup MADE Boards uses a mobile app that collects user data to design custom surf, sail, and paddle boards and then produces them through 3D printing for customers.
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2013  3 comments
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
7 Common Mistakes in Designing Parts for Additive Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2013  2 comments
Anyone who has ever designed a product to be injection molded likely learned that small design changes can significantly impact the cost, time frame, and overall success of the project.
Jobs Was a Genius; the Movie Not So Much
Blog 
8/28/2013  16 comments
The movie's producers tried to sum up Jobs's entire professional career in two hours, too many significant parts were left out, and the movie did not accurately show the genius that Jobs was.
Slideshow: Are You Being Fairly Paid?
Blog 
8/27/2013  12 comments
Although engineering salaries are up, only 27 percent of engineers say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload.
Video: Simulating the Universe With NASA's Supercomputers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/26/2013  35 comments
Here's a look at the launch of NASA's "heavy lift" vehicle, and the birth of the universe on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2013  7 comments
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
Black Hat Conference Highlights Hacking Demos
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/23/2013  19 comments
The Black Hat conference highlights hacking methods from the elite within the community, which can be downright frightening for those in the IT business.
3D Print Yourself
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2013  61 comments
TwinKinds, a German startup, is creating 3D printed statues of its customers.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
Electronic News & Comment 
8/21/2013  25 comments
Thanks to the sponsorship of Littelfuse Inc., Design News was able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the work being done at NASA Ames Research Center.
Design & Manufacturing Show Is Sure to Attract Engineers From Across the Globe
Blog 
8/21/2013  4 comments
3D printing is sure to steal the show at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest Expo held at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 10-12.
What Have You 3D Printed Lately?
Blog 
8/16/2013  37 comments
We've told you about many cool things that have come out of 3D printers in recent months. Now, we want to hear from you.
Altair Teams With Design News for Webinar on Drop Test Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/16/2013  2 comments
Altair and Design News will host a webinar on drop test simulation on August 28. Sign up today!
Update: NASA 3D Printer for Space Passes First Tests
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2013  7 comments
The engineering test unit for the 3D printer that Made in Space is building with NASA has passed initial microgravity, environmental, and functional tests. It's scheduled to launch next year.
Are You Designing for Testability?
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/14/2013  13 comments
Performing due diligence ahead of time is key to avoiding errors, which often start in the design phase.
Survey Says: Use of Open-Source Will Increase in 2013
Guest Blogs 
8/14/2013  17 comments
The open-source movement continues to gain traction in 2013 among core groups, according to a survey released by electronics distributor Newark element14.
Chinese Companies Are Using Manufacturing Intelligence to Overcome Shifting Dynamics
Guest Blogs 
8/13/2013  10 comments
If Chinese manufacturers continue on the path to quality-driven manufacturing operations, there is little doubt that the label made in China will once again stand alongside made in Germany, made in Japan, Made in the USA, and others to represent quality products.
Robotic Machine-Tending Software Leverages Simulations
Blog 
8/13/2013  9 comments
A point of emphasis for industrial robotics going into the future is the trend of suppliers offering simpler software solutions, driven by strong feedback from customers that software complexity is a key difficulty.
Video: Evolving 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/12/2013  11 comments
Artists are using the 3D printing craze to create new types of art, and MIT researchers are working on programmable materials for 4D printing.
4 Productivity Tools for CAD Professionals
Guest Blogs 
8/9/2013  4 comments
CAD professionals everywhere face a demanding work environment, stiff competition, and the pressure to do more with less.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
Company Designs MEMS-Based Energy Harvester for Contact Lenses
Blog 
8/8/2013  9 comments
An Irvine, Calif.-based startup has invented an energy-harvesting power source for contact lenses that will enable the next-generation of optically delivered digital and biomedical applications.
MIT 3D Prints Tough, Bone-Like Composite
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2013  6 comments
A team at MIT has 3D-printed bone-like composite materials on the Objet Connex500 multi-material printer. One was more than 20 times as tough as its constituent materials alone.
Teaching the Next Generation How to Code
STEM Connection 
8/8/2013  5 comments
Introducing coding to the next generation early on will greatly aid in resolving now present software challenges in this newly entered Information age.
Beyond Prototyping: 5 Things to Consider for 3D Printing Your Functional Parts
Guest Blogs 
8/7/2013  2 comments
Engineers are turning to 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) for making functional production parts in end-use applications. Here's how to decide when this makes sense.
Expert Q&A: The Future of Design, Manufacturing & Automation
Blog 
8/7/2013  Post a comment
Here is a sneak-peek Q&A with two of the experts who will be presenting Sept. 11-12 at the Design, Manufacturing & Automation Conference in Chicago.
Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2013  11 comments
Some major developments are happening in the 3D printing industry and more are on the horizon.
Boy Scouts Launch Programming Merit Badge
STEM Connection 
8/6/2013  27 comments
The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with AutomationDirect.com, Radio Shack, and VEX to create the Programming Merit Badge.
Nike iPhone App Helps Make Products More Sustainable
Blog 
8/5/2013  8 comments
Product designers and manufacturers are trying to use materials less likely to harm the planet. Nike is giving them an iPhone app that lets them check the sustainability of their materials.
Only 500 People in the World Understand Security
Blog 
8/2/2013  12 comments
It is important to run the latest versions of all your software.




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