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Novel Alloy Will Save Money on the World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet
Blog 
7/30/2015  8 comments
Lockheed Martin is looking to a new novel alloy and casting process to cut expenses on the F-35 Lightning II -- the world's costliest fighter jet.
Advanced Metals Gaining Ground in Lightweight Vehicles
Blog 
7/29/2015  13 comments
After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
Blog 
7/29/2015  1 comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
Blog 
7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 
7/28/2015  4 comments
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
Blog 
7/26/2015  3 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 
7/25/2015  1 comment
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
Engineering Materials 
7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
UL Working on Safety Certification for 3DP Materials Emissions
Engineering Materials 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
UL is researching pollutant emissions from 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, with the goal of establishing safety controls.
How Light-Curable Conformal Coatings Protect Automotive Electronics
Guest Blogs 
7/22/2015  Post a comment
Conformal coatings present themselves as space-saving alternatives to enclosures for protecting the circuit boards of automotive electronics. They can also provide electrical insulation.
Better Materials Will Help Reduce the Medical Device Recall Rate
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2015  1 comment
The product recall rate for medical devices has been increasing steadily for the past 15 years. A better materials selection process could cut that in half.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
Blog 
7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
LEGOs Will Soon be Made of Sustainable Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/17/2015  Post a comment
Lego Group is making a significant investment toward making LEGO bricks more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
6 New Adhesives and Fasteners Transforming Transportation
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2015  2 comments
Take a look at 6 new adhesives and fasteners aimed at changing the face of transportation.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Could Spawn a New Era of Design Solutions
Blog 
7/16/2015  1 comment
Some say there is a substantial gap between the CAD tools widely used by designers today and the next-generation tools that designers would need to maximize multimaterial 3D printing. But artificial intelligence in software may take care of that.
Vote in LUXeXceL's 2015 Innovative Application Student Award Contest & Win a Sample Kit
STEM Connection 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Vote for your favorite student design using LUXeXceL's 3D-printed optical technology and you might also win a sample kit.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 
7/15/2015  7 comments
Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
Moving Beyond Step Counting: the Versatility of the Accelerometer
Blog 
7/15/2015  1 comment
In the wearable space, accelerometer data is being used for more than just steps, helping with strength training, posture, and even allowing users to control the connected world.
Hybrid Structural Instant Adhesives Combine Strength and Speed
Guest Blogs 
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Some adhesives provide strong structural bonds but take hours to fixture and attain handling strength. The technologies that offer the fastest cure do not bear loads or withstand stresses. A new class of adhesives aims to make both stick.
The Fallout From Sterilization Failures Will Also be Better Plastics for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2015  Post a comment
In the wake of high profile sterilization failures, plastics makers continue to work on developing better materials to resist the hospital disinfectants used to clean reusable medical devices.
Turning to Software to Identify Conflict Minerals in the Supply Chain
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7/14/2015  Post a comment
Conflict minerals reporting is now a due diligence burden for manufacturing organizations, heavy in administrative work and supplier queries. PTC says technology can help automate the process.
IBM Gives Moore's Law a Boost with Innovative Ultradense Chip
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
IBM has prototyped a computer chip with quadruple the capacity of the most powerful chips on the market.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing Winners of the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
Winners of the ET Foundation's annual 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition came from students in industrial design, engineering and related fields, and met all four basic design criteria: creativity, practicality, process improvement, and market potential.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
Blog 
7/10/2015  3 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
9 New 3D Printing Materials for Use in Space and on Earth
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2015  4 comments
These nine new materials are further diversifying 3D printing for use even beyond our planet.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
Blog 
7/9/2015  4 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part One
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7/7/2015  Post a comment
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
Is Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing Foreshadowing Another Paradigm Shift?
Blog 
7/3/2015  3 comments
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
Blog 
7/3/2015  12 comments
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
Blog 
7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 
7/2/2015  1 comment
Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
Blog 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
Blog 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
Engineering Materials 
6/29/2015  7 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
Blog 
6/26/2015  18 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
Blog 
6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
Blog 
6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
Mutual Attraction: Custom-Engineered Magnets Aim to Raise Latch Performance
Blog 
6/24/2015  5 comments
Conventional magnets are impossible to precisely engineer for individual applications. Their magnetic fields also threaten sensitive electronics. But this is changing.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
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