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Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
Blog 
6/23/2016  3 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
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.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
Blog 
6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
Keeping Medical Devices in Great Shape for the Long Run
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6/17/2016  Post a comment
Medical device designers are constantly facing new challenges, stemming from rapid changes in the healthcare regulatory and care delivery landscape. Fortunately, designers also have multiple materials resources.
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.
Mantis Shrimp Inspire Next-Gen, Super-Strong Composites
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have identified a unique structure in the mantis shrimp's dactyl club that can inform the design of stronger materials.
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.
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.
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed new techniques that could help them identify performance flaws in materials that form solar-energy-harvesting cells, leading to performance improvements in new cells.
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.
ORNL Makes Carbon Fiber Stick to Aluminum
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining carbon composites with aluminum, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for high-volume industrial applications.
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.
An Electric Car Too Soon
Blog 
6/10/2016  2 comments
An engineer shares his story of the electric vehicle he built, and all of his mistakes he made and lessons he learned along the way.
Bones & Seashells Inspire Sustainable Design for Concrete
Blog 
6/9/2016  1 comment
Biomimicry is a popular research method these days, in particular in the quest for more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Researchers at MIT are among the latest to use biomimicry in this endeavor, with a new biologically inspired design of the world’s most common building material -- concrete.
Making Lighter, Smaller Designs with Fasteners
Engineering Materials 
6/8/2016  Post a comment
New and improved fastening methods are helping engineers join plastics, composites, and thinner metal sheets in a variety of product assemblies.
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
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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.
Perovskite Solar Cells Are Just About Ready for Prime Time
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6/7/2016  1 comment
Thin-film solar cells made of perovskite are poised to move from the lab to the commercial market in the next three years, according to a recent report by Lux Research.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
Blog 
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
Blog 
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?
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  2 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
Blog 
5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
Engineering Materials 
5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
Choosing the Best Incubator for your Startup
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Active 3D-Printed Materials Controlled by Light
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Li-Ion Components for High-Temperature Aerospace, Industrial Apps
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a combined electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries that won’t have performance issues or catch fire at high temperatures.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
Gadget Freak 
5/20/2016  9 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
Thin-Film Coating Boosts Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a process of simultaneously “doping” -- or adding an element or compound into a crystalline structure -- and coating lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
3D Printing Makes Possible A Methane-Fueled Mars Lander
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  1 comment
Getting different types of spacecraft to Mars may require multiple fuel types. NASA is using 3D printing to try out a rocket engine turbopump design that can handle both liquid methane and liquid hydrogen propellant.
'Second Skin' Polymer Can Fight Wrinkles, Deliver Treatment
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have developed a new polymer that’s like a “second skin” for wrinkle treatment or medical delivery
Secrets of Squid Could Bring Environment-Sensing Materials
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have identified the pigments on the skin of squid and other cephalopods, work that could affect future development of materials.
Self-Healing Material Could Be Health Tech Breakthrough
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A new ultra-stretchy, self-healing material developed by researchers at Stanford University could be a breakthrough for artificial muscle technology.
Top 15 Most Important Auto Safety Technologies
Automotive News 
5/11/2016  20 comments
Take a look at 15 of the most important automotive safety technologies from the past 50 years and the next half-century.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
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