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New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2015  1 comment
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2015  6 comments
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Blog 
1/28/2015  10 comments
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
Video: Flexible Jar Design Keeps Hands Clean
Blog 
1/27/2015  6 comments
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
Microwave Has a Bad Connection
Made by Monkeys 
1/27/2015  11 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
Blog 
1/26/2015  5 comments
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
Blog 
1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  17 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  2 comments
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  13 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  14 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Engage Materials Suppliers Early to Reduce Vehicle Weight
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  Post a comment
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
Will Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Work?
STEM Connection 
1/15/2015  29 comments
If done properly, the president’s plan could benefit nearly everyone. Of course, given the realities of Washington politics, it’s hard to tell whether anything -- or, at least, anything good -- will ever come of this proposal.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
Design Decisions: Use Epoxies to Protect Against Metal Corrosion
Guest Blogs 
1/9/2015  Post a comment
With the growing demand for new-age applications, corrosion has become an inherent problem. Not only do epoxies confer excellent corrosion resistance, they are also easy to handle and process. However, one must be mindful of selecting the right epoxy system along with the appropriate application techniques for best results.
The DoE Just Broke the World Record in Solar Cell Efficiency
Blog 
1/8/2015  17 comments
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated an unprecedented solar cell conversion rate.
Cars & Medical Implants Will Drive Plastics in 2015
Engineering Materials 
1/8/2015  4 comments
More and more -- that's what we'll see from plastics and composites in 2015, more types of plastics and more ways they can be used. Two of the fastest-growing uses will be automotive parts, plus medical implants and devices. New types of plastics will include biodegradable materials, plastics that can be easily recycled, and some that do both.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Sony Hack Should Sound Off Alarm Bells for Industrial Sector
William Ng 
1/7/2015  2 comments
The real silver lining to come out of the Sony hack scandal was the sobering affirmation for both the US government and private sector that we have long-term and persistent cyber enemies from anywhere in the world.
CES 2015: The Inmotion V3 Electric Unicycle Rides the Wacky Wave
Blog 
1/7/2015  4 comments
It’s 2015, and we may not yet have hoverboards like in Back to The Future, but, thanks to a company by the name of INMOTION, we do have bizarre, electric unicycles.
When Good Companies Make Bad Decisions
Blog 
1/6/2015  19 comments
Nearly every engineer has a story or two about mind-bogglingly stupid management decisions. The universality of this experience is one reason why Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoons have enjoyed more than 25 years of popularity.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
1/5/2015  6 comments
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Seaworthy Composite Boat Folds Flat, Flexes to Meet Waves
Engineering Materials 
1/5/2015  11 comments
The use of glass fiber composites in boats is not news. But one that folds up flat in 40 seconds? The secret combines Kevlar and composite hinges, a lightweight PVC core, and strategic design.
4D Printing Self-Assembling, Self-Repairing Medical Implants
Engineering Materials 
1/5/2015  2 comments
Some market analysts are saying that medical device prototypes, especially implants, made with 4D printing techniques could appear as early as the end of 2015.
Holland Tests World's First Solar Roadway
Blog 
12/31/2014  32 comments
For a country that doesn’t get as much sunshine as its southern European neighbors, the Netherlands is certainly doing some innovative things with solar power.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You Still Have an IBM XT
Blog 
12/29/2014  46 comments
Do you see a perfectly good design and still insist on changing it? You might be an engineer.
Engineers Just Love Team-Building Exercises
Blog 
12/23/2014  39 comments
Engineer comic Don McMillan explains the fun engineers have with team-building exercises. Can you relate?
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 4
Gadget Freak 
12/22/2014  6 comments
Voting in Round 4 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Reshoring Is Happening, but so Is Outsourcing
Blog 
12/22/2014  11 comments
Reshoring is picking up steam, but it's not outpacing the overall continuing growth in outsourcing.
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 
12/19/2014  36 comments
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
The Gift of Mobility: Tech Gives Dog & Tortoise New Ways to Get Around
Blog 
12/19/2014  11 comments
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
3D Printing Water-Based, Biodegradable Composites - with Robots!
Engineering Materials 
12/19/2014  6 comments
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  37 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
Alcoa's Micromill Process, Alloy Could Change Car Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2014  10 comments
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists
Blog 
12/15/2014  Post a comment
UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.
NASA Installs Giant Composite Research Robot
Engineering Materials 
12/15/2014  8 comments
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
Video: ESA Plans 3D-Printed Moon Base
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2014  8 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
3D-Printed Custom Spike Plates Outrun the Competition
Engineering Materials 
12/11/2014  3 comments
If there's one thing 3D printing's good for, it's customization. New Balance Athletic Shoe Company has begun using 3D printing to make customized spike plates for its running shoes made for members of its Team New Balance runners. They provide better traction and shave off a tiny bit of weight.
Slideshow: A Look at American Motorcycles
Electronics News 
12/10/2014  33 comments
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  37 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
Eaten Alive is Everything Wrong with Popular Science
Chris Wiltz 
12/9/2014  16 comments
You haven't wasted time until you've wasted it building a suit to help a man get swallowed alive by a snake.
3D Printing Space-Worthy Satellite Parts
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2014  1 comment
Two teams, one based in the US and one in Europe, have 3D printed space-worthy support structures for satellite antenna arrays. These aren't prototypes: they're fully functioning antenna supports that will operate while exposed to the harsh temperatures and radiation of outer space.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 3
Gadget Freak 
12/8/2014  Post a comment
Voting in Round 3 of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open.
Hydrogen – Hope or Hype?
Blog 
12/8/2014  31 comments
The question is whether battery technology can develop faster than hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure.
Soccer Field Powers Brazilian Slum
Blog 
12/8/2014  30 comments
UK startup Pavegen has teamed with gas and energy company Shell to give a Brazilian favela a soccer field that harvests energy from players' steps to power the surrounding neighborhood.
Toyota Preps for Launch of Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
Automotive News 
12/4/2014  26 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will take another small step on the long road to fuel cell viability next year, rolling out a hydrogen-powered production sedan called the Mirai.
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