Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 12/13/2013 1 comment A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 12/10/2013 29 comments Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: Design & 3D Print Custom Metal Implants
Engineering Materials 12/9/2013 4 comments A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 40 comments Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 12/4/2013 12 comments The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 11/29/2013 16 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.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 41 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 11/26/2013 41 comments A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 11/21/2013 21 comments Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
Engineering Materials 11/21/2013 13 comments Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 11/20/2013 12 comments The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
Slideshow: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 11/15/2013 15 comments Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
The Sled Mangled the Coupling
Sherlock Ohms 11/15/2013 8 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: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
Engineering Materials 11/11/2013 15 comments A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 11/8/2013 23 comments Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Building Circuit Boards With an Inkjet Printer
Blog 11/7/2013 18 comments Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a way to print conductive ink onto a piece of paper from an everyday inkjet printer, making it a cheap, fast, and reliable way to quickly create and test PCB designs.
Video: What 3D Printing Can & Can't Do
Electronic News & Comment 11/5/2013 18 comments 3D printers can create parts of virtually any geometry, but engineers need a solid grasp of the technology to make the investment in it worthwhile, experts at Stratasys' Manufacturing the Future Summit said.
Engineering Plastics Get Tough, Lightweight
Engineering Materials 11/4/2013 19 comments Engineers are using more plastics derived from petroleum, biological sources, and recycled materials in consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, and offshore oil and gas applications.
Slideshow: The 5 Coolest 3D-Printed Things
Guest Blogs 11/1/2013 11 comments Many interesting items are being 3D printed (even as we speak). We present five that we think are pretty cool -- from a Terminator arm and artsy coffee reproductions to an easy way to build a house of cards and a 3D printer made from scrap.
Control Switch Saves Shelf Lighting
Sherlock Ohms 10/31/2013 29 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.
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.