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The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day
Blog 
5/22/2015  4 comments
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
The Supplier Strategic Sourcing Process Explained
Guest Blogs 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
While people may talk about the procurement process, the procurement discipline actually encompasses a number of different processes. They include spend analysis, supplier relationship management, and contract management, just to name a few.
The 7 Most Insane Vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road
Blog 
5/20/2015  8 comments
The custom vehicle designs in Mad Max: Fury Road are probably just as amazing as the film's off-the-wall action sequences.
What Caused the Hummer’s Rough Ride?
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2015  7 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.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
One of the biggest challenges to implementing solar power on a larger scale is how to store the energy to use it when the sun doesn’t shine. Now a researcher in Denmark has made a significant breakthrough in this endeavor, developing molecules that can take energy from the sun, store it, and then release it for use when needed.
Maker Movement Celebrates 10 Years of DIY
Gadget Freak 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Maker Faire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with familiar celebrities and top chip companies, its youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact.
Recycled 3DP Materials, Recyclers, and Embedded Recycling Codes
Engineering Materials 
5/18/2015  Post a comment
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
Ford Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency With Lightweighting
Automotive News 
5/15/2015  10 comments
If Ford Motor Co.’s recent efforts in lightweighting are any indication, the auto industry is about to go on a diet.
Relive Gadget Freak’s Greatest Hits in Our ‘Volume 3’ E-Book
Gadget Freak 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
Aluminum Extrusion Increases Options to Optimize the Supply Chain, Part 2
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
Extruded aluminum continues to gain traction as a mainstream OEM choice for designing, engineering, and producing component parts. The alloy and the technique have marched aggressively through the awareness and understanding phases and are now solidly in adoption territory.
Plastics Grow as Materials of Choice for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Hospital-acquired infections and more home use of medical devices are shaking up device design, bringing more plastics into increasingly complex designs.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
Engineering Materials 
5/11/2015  3 comments
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
The End of Throwing It Over the Wall
Guest Blogs 
5/8/2015  4 comments
We do not need to go back to the days of the workshop where the artist and the craftsman worked side by side, but we do need to get beyond the idea of specializing in one function and pushing a product design down the line to the next colleague.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Part -- This Time From Copper
Engineering Materials 
5/8/2015  Post a comment
NASA's been working on several different ongoing projects for 3D-printed rocket engine components in metals and now it's reached another first in aerospace 3D printing: a full-scale, 3D-printed rocket engine component made of copper.
Video: See How Ford Used Virtual Reality to Design the GT Supercar
Automotive News 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
Using a headset and a giant ultra-high definition display, Ford Motor Co. last week provided a glimpse of how virtual reality enabled its engineers to collaborate across continents on the design of its new GT supercar.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
Blog 
5/7/2015  11 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 
5/6/2015  7 comments
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
Integrating Testing and Certification Elevates Product Development
Guest Blogs 
5/6/2015  Post a comment
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
Blog 
5/5/2015  4 comments
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
Blog 
5/5/2015  2 comments
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Plastics Industry Is Hot for Conformal Cooling but Constrained by Additive Technologies
Guest Blogs 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
3D Printing Student Design Contest Winners Announced
STEM Connection 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys has announced the winners in its 11th annual Extreme Redesign contest for middle school, high school, and college students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
Blog 
5/1/2015  9 comments
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2015  5 comments
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
How Biomimicry Is Having an Impact on Sustainable Design
Blog 
4/30/2015  2 comments
Cas Smith is a biological engineer at Terrapin Bright Green, a consulting firm that specializes in green and sustainable design. At the core of his work is to explore how biomimicry can inform sustainable design. He discussed biomimicry and its implications for design and solving some of the world’s sustainability issues in an interview with Design News.
How Additive Manufacturing Is Making Injection Molding Cooler
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  1 comment
Plastic part manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce cycle time and get more productivity out of their injection molding machinery. One of the longstanding constraints in injection molding production has been cooling time. Removing parts from the mold before they have cooled induces warping or shrinking. But wait time works against productivity.
Poison Frog Skin Inspires Coating for De-Icing Planes
Blog 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
Arizona State University recently opened an entire cross-discipline research center devoted to biomimicry. So it’s no surprise an ASU mechanical and research engineer there recently used this design method to come up with new coating for de-icing planes that can conserve the amount of antifreeze currently used by airports.
Aluminum Extrusion Increases Options to Optimize the Supply Chain, Part 1
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of an in-depth look at six added-value opportunities -- adjacent to the aluminum extrusion option -- that OEMs can integrate to upgrade supply chain interactions from basic buyer-vendor transactions to critical collaborations on strategic, single-source solutions.
Chemical Industry, Environmentalists Unite on Toxic Substances Control Act Legislation
Guest Blogs 
4/29/2015  Post a comment
The EPA is responsible for chemical safety issues, and it does so under the auspices of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is considered to be sufficient by almost no one.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Blog 
4/28/2015  Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
Watch John Oliver's Funny, Excellent Takedown of Patent Trolls
Blog 
4/27/2015  1 comment
Comedian John Oliver recently did a segment on patent trolls, offering a hiliarious take on a serious issue plaguing US industries.
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2015  Post a comment
United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Blog 
4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
NIST Report Analyzes Measurement Needs for Powder Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2015  Post a comment
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
Sustainability Expert: Solar Energy Can Help Alleviate Drought
Blog 
4/22/2015  37 comments
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2015  Post a comment
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Top 10 3D Printing Projects
Blog 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Bayer MaterialScience Gets Green with PU Foams
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
NSA Encourages Trash Picking for Earth Day
Blog 
4/21/2015  8 comments
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
8 New Materials & Designs for Lightweighting Planes, Trucks, Cars
Engineering Materials 
4/20/2015  2 comments
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  3 comments
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
Blog 
4/20/2015  2 comments
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Teardown
Blog 
4/17/2015  6 comments
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
Origami-Inspired Solar Panels Could be Headed for Space
Blog 
4/17/2015  Post a comment
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
11 Not-to-Miss Composites, Software, and Processes from JEC Europe
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2015  Post a comment
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
Engineering Disasters: Metallurgy, Rivets Sank the Titanic
Blog 
4/15/2015  14 comments
Cold temperatures caused the hull of the RMS Titanic to fail. But with better metallurgy and connector technology, Titanic's hull might have remained intact.
In-Store Robot Makes Your Glasses While You Wait
Blog 
4/15/2015  1 comment
Tokyo-based eyewear brand, JINS, recently opened its first US-based store this week, selling high-quality, nice-looking, affordable glasses made by a robot while you wait.
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