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Smart Glasses Rival Google
Blog 
4/23/2014  6 comments
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2014  3 comments
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
Turtle Inspires 3D-Printed Car Frame
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2014  6 comments
German engineering firm EDAG Group showed a single-piece, 3D-printed car body design inspired by a turtle at the Geneva Motor Show. It came about after an assessment of how additive manufacturing could be applied to making industrial components, modules, and complete vehicle bodies.
Samsung Gear Fit Teardown
Blog 
4/21/2014  13 comments
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Materials Options
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2014  4 comments
Stratasys is buying assets of a key player in materials testing and R&D for its FDM filament printers, and there's a new polypropylene material for the PolyJet series of 3D printers.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
Blog 
4/21/2014  15 comments
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Blog 
4/18/2014  14 comments
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  76 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
Blog 
4/17/2014  3 comments
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  28 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2014  6 comments
3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
3D Pictures of Huge, Self-Assembled DNA Structures
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
3D Printing High-Strength Carbon Composites Using PEEK, PAEK
Engineering Materials 
4/14/2014  6 comments
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
Blog 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
Blog 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2014  4 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Lightweighting: The Future of Aluminum
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2014  1 comment
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
Survey Says Cloud-Based CAD, 3D Printer Use to Surge
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/10/2014  1 comment
The Business Advantage Group recently released its 2014 Worldwide CAD Trends Survey, announcing both a prospective increase in the cloud-based CAD industry and the anticipated incorporation of 3D printing.
Slideshow: New Carbon Composites for Volume Car Production
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2014  20 comments
At the JEC Europe 2014 composites show in Paris, many companies showcased their carbon fiber composite products, especially for volume automotive manufacturing. Some companies touted their contributions to BMW's all-carbon composite body-in-white. Others introduced automotive products and processes.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 
4/8/2014  9 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2014  10 comments
To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 
4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  8 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
Slideshow: What I Learned in Engineering School
Blog 
4/1/2014  50 comments
Here's a list of counterintuitive engineering principles that are taught in engineering school.
Design News Presents: The Best of Gadget Freak, Vol. 2
Gadget Freak 
4/1/2014  1 comment
What youíll find in this Technology Roundup is the best of the best Gadget Freak projects, as voted on by you -- our loyal readers.
Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
Engineering Materials 
4/1/2014  1 comment
A report forecasts a big capacity increase for bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those that go into bioplastics. These are mostly based on first-generation feedstocks like corn and sugarcane, but second-generation cellulosic feedstocks continue to grow slowly.
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
Blog 
3/28/2014  23 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2014  16 comments
Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Training Is Biggest Obstacle for Industrial Engineers
Blog 
3/25/2014  25 comments
Industrial engineers want a continuous flow of training. The 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey by Seminars for Engineers finds lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success.
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions
Sherlock Ohms 
3/25/2014  11 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.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Nypro Healthcare Improves Rapid 3D Prototyping for Medical Device Makers
Blog 
3/24/2014  4 comments
Nypro Healthcare is offering two new services for medical device makers to ensure they create quality and accurate 3D prototypes before going into volume manufacturing.
Wausau Coated & Rockwell Build Speedy Flexible Coating Machines
Blog 
3/21/2014  3 comments
Specialty converter Wausau Coated Products wanted to create an automation machine and bring it online faster and less expensively than the conventional specify-and-purchase route. They called on Rockwell Automation for help.
A Useable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
Made by Monkeys 
3/21/2014  19 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: Is the MX3D-Metal the Future of 3D Printing?
Blog 
3/20/2014  11 comments
Unlike many of the 3D printers available, the MX3D printers can work around a part rather than building it straight up. Using such techniques, the printer can print objects on surfaces with angles and slopes or even directly onto walls. In addition, it can print curves and shapes with much more precision and accuracy.
Slideshow: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Blog 
3/19/2014  22 comments
A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
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