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The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Blog 
4/24/2015  5 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  22 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  1 comment
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  10 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.
Smart Windows Harvest Energy From Wind and Rain
Blog 
4/15/2015  4 comments
Windows are supposed to let the sun in and keep the fiercer elements of nature out. Now a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has gone one step further, creating windows that not only protect against the elements -- specifically wind and rain -- but also use them to create energy.
Want to Be an Engineer? Brush Up on 3D Printing
Blog 
4/14/2015  9 comments
It used to be that budding engineers just needed a solid grasp of physics, math, and their own healthy scientific curiosity, but these days, you need a fairly good working understanding of 3D printing too, apparently.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
Blog 
4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
It's Time to Investigate the H-1B Mess
Opinion 
4/13/2015  11 comments
The rancorous annual debate over the H-1B visa program could be definitively resolved if the United States government would commit itself to one difficult act: investigation.
Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2015  1 comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
Blog 
4/9/2015  7 comments
When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
It's Time for the Apple Watch Teardown
Blog 
4/8/2015  13 comments
Announced September 9, 2014, the Apple Watch is the company's first foray into smart wearables.
Software Is Using Biomimicry to Optimize Part Design
Blog 
4/8/2015  3 comments
As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, becomes more and more sophisticated and capable of direct production in some applications, a class of software is emerging that exploits the capability of AM technology to produce objects in a highly freeform manner.
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the Robot Block Party
STEM Connection 
4/8/2015  1 comment
igus will celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 at the second-annual Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11, demonstrating its robot-related products and providing robot giveaways to lucky winners.
Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2015  21 comments
One reader had to dismantle the Mazda Tribute for the sake of changing the alternator and some spark plugs.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Hydraulic Solution for Flash-Butt Welding
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2015  Post a comment
New flash welding innovation uses hydraulic motion control, and enables patented welding process for as much as 50% less cost.
Injection Molding Adapts to a More Interconnected World
Blog 
4/6/2015  Post a comment
Rapid molding is changing the face of injection molding, as globalization, low-energy concerns, and the Internet of Things bump up the SKU count for many products.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
UK Researchers Have Found the Strongest Biological Substance Ever Tested
Blog 
4/2/2015  3 comments
For many years, it was believed that the strongest biological substance on Earth was spider silk, but new research says aquatic snails produce an even stronger material that could disrupt manufacturing forever.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
The Failure of 'New Coke' Is a Helpful Lesson for Engineers
Blog 
4/1/2015  29 comments
Nearly 30 years after its release, 'New Coke' is still a lesson in product failure for engineers.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
Nano-Scale Steel Powders Upgrade Additive Manufacturing Parts
Blog 
3/30/2015  Post a comment
NanoSteel Co., which develops high-performance steel alloys, began producing steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM) last year and now supplies them commercially for freeform laser deposition and laser powder bed fusion processes.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  3 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
It’s Time to Get Your Feet Wet in Additive Manufacturing — and Production
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
To those who have not stepped into additive manufacturing, get involved as soon as possible. This is for the benefit of your company. When the new innovations come out, you want to be ready to take advantage of them immediately, and that takes knowledge.
Carbon3D Just Solved 3D Printing's Painful Speed Problem
Blog 
3/24/2015  1 comment
3D printing is agonizingly slow, but a new technology inspired by the movie Terminator 2 is going to get additive manufacturing up to speed.
PlastiVan Drives Kids' Interest in Plastics
STEM Connection 
3/24/2015  1 comment
A program to educate kids about the science and technology of plastics as well how they can have future careers in the field has received a $200,000 funding boost from the National Plastics Center to expand
Polymer Additive Technologies at NPE2015 Push Packaging Limits
Guest Blogs 
3/24/2015  Post a comment
At the NPE2015 plastics expo this week in Orlando, Fla., Milliken & Co., a company that specializes in property-enhancing additives for polymers, is showing two products that are expected to have a major impact on their respective markets.
At NPE2015, Transparent and Plastic Klear Can Looks to Eat Away at Metal
Guest Blogs 
3/23/2015  8 comments
Of the products and technologies on display at the NPE2015 plastics expo in Orlando, Fla., this week, one in particular could dramatically change segments of food packaging – Klear Can. It's a transparent plastic can with a metal top and pull tab for fruits, vegetables, and meats that competes with metal cans.
Free 3D Printing Database of Industrial Machines & Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2015  2 comments
Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for additive manufacturing and 3D printing now have some relief: a free searchable database with more than 350 machines and 450 different materials.
Dow Automotive Cuts Composite Cycle Time to 60 Seconds
Engineering Materials 
3/20/2015  Post a comment
At JEC Europe Dow Automotive introduced a new ultra-fast, under-60-second molding cycle time for its commercial-grade VORAFORCE 5300 epoxy resin matrix for carbon composites. It's aimed at high-volume automotive manufacturing.
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