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Beyond Inflation: 2015 Engineering Salaries Are on the Rise
11/28/2015  Post a comment
According to a Randstad Engineering compilation of salary studies, engineering salaries are increasing beyond inflation, with employers paying to keep potential suitors away from their employees.
10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/25/2015  Post a comment
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
10 Black Friday Gadgets for People on the Nice List
11/24/2015  8 comments
Check out these gifts that will make you the hero of your Secret Santa party.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Help Us Break a Tie Vote!
Gadget Freak 
11/24/2015  Post a comment
Voting has closed on our 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest, but it is not game over yet for two competing projects.
Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now? – Part 2
11/23/2015  Post a comment
Design News caught up recently with Punya Prakash, the 2013 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?
Everybody's Designing Their Own Aerospace & Military Materials
11/19/2015  Post a comment
The need for higher-performing aerospace and defense materials is getting so critical to design success that OEMs, government agencies, and the armed forces are pursuing R&D programs.
Must See: Cornell 3D Prints Soft Robotic Tentacles
11/19/2015  Post a comment
A new method for making a robotic tentacle with more agility and degrees of freedom (DOF) of movement relies on 3D printing.
Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now?
11/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News caught up recently with Justine Haupt, the 2014 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?
Golden Mousetrap Awards – the Time to Enter Is Now
11/16/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation & Control; Design Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly.
Plastics for Medical Devices Adapt to Changing Needs
Engineering Materials 
11/16/2015  Post a comment
Plastics designed for use in medical devices and hospital equipment have to do multiple jobs, as is made clear in an article in our sister publication MDDI.
Blowing Stuff Up and Other Hollywood Tech Tricks
11/14/2015  1 comment
From exploding cars to marauding dinosaurs to malevolent robots, we offer a peek at how the movie and TV industries do their special effects.
It's More Than Trains: Maglev Technology Hits Machinery Uses
11/12/2015  1 comment
When you hear the word "maglev," your first thought is probably high-speed trains, but magnetic levitation has resulted in contactless bearings and soon will give floating 3D printing machine heads.
3D Printing Is Moving Beyond Prototypes
11/12/2015  2 comments
3D printing is not just for prototypes anymore, according to our latest Quick Poll results.
20 Inventions Created by Mistake – Part 1
11/10/2015  8 comments
From the Slinky to the microwave oven, tons of common products -- and even medicines -- were discovered by accident.
Medical Device Makers Want More Than Just Connectors
11/10/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers at device OEMs are asking their interconnect suppliers for not more than connectors: they want a lot more varied expertise and solutions.
Designing for Global: 8 Steps to Compliance, Testing, and Sales Success
11/9/2015  Post a comment
Here are ways companies can get across the high-wire task of getting products to international markets quickly without running into trouble in unfamiliar business and regulatory environments.
Teacher Learns to Code, Wins Design Contest with Rice Krispies-Loading Robot
STEM Connection 
11/8/2015  Post a comment
A Pennsylvania middle-school teacher who thought it was important to learn how to code robots so he could relay that knowledge to his students has won a design competition with a 3D-printed robotic device that can pick up and place Rice Krispies in a moving container.
Offshore Versus Onshore Product Development: Here's the Skinny
11/6/2015  Post a comment
Offshoring hasn't affected only manufacturing; product development activities for years have moved away. But there are four key drivers behind the reshoring of product development.
Accelerating Medical Device Innovation Using Additive Manufacturing
11/5/2015  Post a comment
Additive manufacturing opens new dimensions for integrated design, development, and production. Medical Device manufacturers interested in adopting AM for surgical equipment, prosthetics, implants, and tissue engineering need to consider many factors to determine if digital development and production technologies are appropriate and if so, where along the product development and manufacturing line they ought to be leveraged.
How to Set a Realistic Delivery Date For Your Project
11/4/2015  Post a comment
It will not help you or your company by giving unrealistic project delivery dates, but consistently delivering on time will give you a reputation of integrity and company value.
3 Key Struggles of New Product Development And How to Overcome Them
11/3/2015  2 comments
You will never eliminate all changes at the end of the development cycle, but if you pay due diligence early on, your downstream delays should be greatly reduced.
Rocky Roads Ahead for Georgia Tech Robots
11/3/2015  Post a comment
New research from Georgia Tech promises better appendages and animal-like mobility for robots.
The Road to 3D-Printed Electronics Will Go Through Integration with 3D-Printed Structures
11/3/2015  1 comment
With the recent award of the $75 million grant for establishing the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, we can expect the development of a roadmap toward high-volume manufacturing and deployment of products leveraging a more widespread use of flexible substrates.
3D Print Strong, Tough Parts With PEEK- and PAEK-Based Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2015  Post a comment
Arevo Labs has developed a new filament 3D printing process for making very high-strength PEEK- and PAEK-based carbon fiber composites, and the commercial service is now available.
10 of the Scariest True Stories in Engineering History
10/28/2015  13 comments
From resurrecting the dead, to occult rituals and man-eating robots, this Halloween we've rounded up 10 of history's creepiest true engineering tales.
Portabella Mushroom-Based Bio-Battery Gains Capacity Over Time
10/28/2015  Post a comment
Researchers at UC California in Riverside have found a new recipe for portabella mushrooms — a bio-battery.
They're Coming Down, So Expect to See More Ceramic, Metal Matrix Composites
10/27/2015  1 comment
Long used in niche military and aerospace applications, ceramic and metal matrix composites are showing up in electronics and commercial jet engines.
Never Forget These 7 Points Before Selecting a High-Tech Adhesive
10/27/2015  Post a comment
Choosing the best adhesive for a specific application can be complex, but an understanding of the following parameters will keep you from a sticky design situation.
On Cars, Carbon Fiber Composites Could Hit the Front Door
10/27/2015  1 comment
Clemson University is leading a $5.8 million research project to develop an ultra-lightweight car door to help automakers meet federal fuel economy standards.
UL Takes a 'Shot' at Predicting Solar PV Module Reliability
10/26/2015  4 comments
Not all solar panels are created equal, and test and safety organization UL is going to create methods for determining PV module failure, using DoE's SunShot funding.
Multimaterial Consumer Electronic Assemblies Demand It, So Adhesives Toughen Up
Engineering Materials 
10/26/2015  Post a comment
Some of the biggest challenges for adhesives that join multiple materials are coming from consumer electronics, especially mobile and wearable devices.
Plastics Innovations in Construction, Food Processing Win Top IAPD Awards
10/23/2015  Post a comment
Inventions for the construction and food processing industries were among the top winners at an annual contest sponsored by the International Association of Plastics Distribution for innovations using contemporary plastics.
You Won't Guess What Makes the BAC Mono Faster Than a Ferrari
Automotive News 
10/22/2015  4 comments
At the recent Autodesk Accelerate event in Boston, the director of product development for a niche hypercar firm replied "no, no, no" to three answers he got for what makes a car go faster. What was the right response?
Have You Entered In Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards Yet?
10/19/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation and Control, Design Hardware and Software, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly.
These 6 New Coatings and Sealants Are Aimed at the Toughest Environments
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2015  Post a comment
Whether it's the outside of an aircraft, the inside of an electronics module, or the surface of heavy-use industrial flooring, these coating and sealant materials are suitable for the job.
9 New Tougher, Stronger 3D Printing Materials: Carbon, Nylon, and Heat-Resistant
Engineering Materials 
10/14/2015  Post a comment
A slew of recent 3D printing (3DP) material product introductions has included several that are tougher than the rest, giving you stronger, lighter prints.
3 Steps to Get the Most From Your FEA Modeling
10/14/2015  Post a comment
If you want more effective finite element analysis results, consider using some of these simple but proven techniques on your next FEA model.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2015  7 comments
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
3D Printing Is Introducing a New World of Copyright Infringement
10/9/2015  10 comments
Imagine being able to illegally download a physical product the same way you can with music and videos. That’s basically what’s happening with 3D printing and digital manufacturing, with huge repercussions in the intellectual property domain.
Ford Picks Alcoa's Tough, Fast Micromill Aluminum for 2016 F-150
Engineering Materials 
10/9/2015  Post a comment
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
Design Your Own 3D-Printed Lenses With LUXeXceL's New Tools
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2015  2 comments
With two new tools from LUXeXceL, you can now create and print custom lens designs optimized for your particular application.
Digital Development Is the Way Forward for Design Innovation
10/7/2015  Post a comment
Digital design tools and 3D printing can be used to innovate new products and accelerate the development and commercialization cycle.
3D Printing Electronics Is All the Rage But Needs to be Qualified
10/6/2015  6 comments
Using 3D-printing to integrate electronics is an enthralling idea, but there's a long road ahead to commercialization.
6 Tips for Raising a Kid to Love STEM
STEM Connection 
10/2/2015  9 comments
Schools can't be solely responsible if we want our children to be successful in STEM. It has to be a lifestyle.
Will HP's 3D Printing Technology Revolutionize the Industry?
10/2/2015  3 comments
HP says its new 3D printing technology will finally deliver manufacturers the same quality as injection molding. Is it achievable?
AM Now a Major Strategy in NIST Materials Measurement Plan
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2015  Post a comment
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
5 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Airplanes, Satellites, & Electronics
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2015  Post a comment
Most of the fasteners and adhesives in this slideshow are aimed at aerospace, including aircraft and spacecraft, as well as electronics and electrical applications.
ISO 9001 Revision Puts Risk and Quality Management Closely Together
9/26/2015  1 comment
Among the higher-level changes in ISO 9001:2015, there is heightened importance of risk-based thinking. But what about prevention?
Alcoa Invents 3DP Materials & Processes for Aerospace End-Products
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2015  Post a comment
Alcoa's new $60 million dollar facility has already invented a new hybrid process for metals called Ampliforge.
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