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3D-Printed Satellite Antenna Is Just One Piece
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2016  Post a comment
With an eye toward building space-qualified radio-frequency components for Earth observation and science instruments, the European Space Agency has 3D printed a satellite antenna designed as a single part.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
Blog 
4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
Blog 
3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
Monohull Boat Will Sail on Recyclable Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2016  Post a comment
A recyclable thermoplastic composite using a resin you can actually buy makes possible the first monohull sailboat with an entirely recyclable carbon composite hull and deck.
How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs
Engineering Materials 
3/30/2016  22 comments
The threat of stolen intellectual property that's hovered around the world of 3D printing since its inception just got hotter. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have captured the sounds that 3D printers make when printing out a part and used that data to reverse engineer the part's source code.
Gadget Freak Case #278: How to Hack an Electronic Trade Show Badge
Gadget Freak 
3/29/2016  6 comments
Are you sick of the same boring badges at every trade show? The ESC 2016 Conference in Boston is featuring an electronic one you can use to play games, control robots, meet new friends, or build your own custom hacks.
Higher-Temperature Carbon Composites For Production Car Volumes
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2016  Post a comment
At the recent JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris, Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial availability of two new higher-temperature grade versions of its VORAFORCE epoxy resin matrix for thermoset carbon composites.
To Boost Product Reliability, Cut Back on the Excitement
Automotive News 
3/28/2016  6 comments
Consumer Reports’ new automotive reliability survey may be targeted at car buyers, but it also provides hard evidence that product reliability is a choice, and not an accident, for design engineers.
Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?
Blog 
3/25/2016  14 comments
Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say?
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
Blog 
3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
Seaweed-Based Materials Favored over Plastic For Packaging
Blog 
3/23/2016  1 comment
A Japanese design group called AMAN is exploring how agar, a gelatinous substance found in seaweed, can be used as a basis for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging.
15 of the Auto Industry's Most Reliable Vehicles
Automotive News 
3/22/2016  13 comments
When it comes to automotive reliability, it’s no secret that Japanese cars dominate. Still, Consumer Reports' latest reliability ratings may come as a surprise to some.
Real Hoverboard For Consumers Flies On Aerospace-Grade Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/21/2016  42 comments
On April 14, you'll be able to buy what its makers say is the first real hoverboard: no wheels. That is, if you've got $14,900. Just watching this video will make you wish you did.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 2
Blog 
3/21/2016  Post a comment
This second part of a two-part series examines the roles of the four main participants in the cold forming value chain.
The Most Innovative Products at SXSW Interactive 2016
Blog 
3/18/2016  1 comment
Earbuds that give you superhuman hearing, portable apartments, and plant-like robots make up some of the technologies that won the 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 1
Blog 
3/18/2016  Post a comment
This is the first part of a two-part series that looks at the material science of cold forming.
6 Recycled and Renewable 3D Printing Plastics
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2016  3 comments
Here's a bunch of new and notable recycled, biodegradable, plant-based, and otherwise sustainable plastics for 3D printing, a growing class of materials.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Desert-Inspired Materials Harvest Water From the Air
Blog 
3/9/2016  1 comment
Harvard University researchers have drawn inspiration from desert-dwelling plants and insects to develop materials that can harvest water droplets from thin air.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
Video: 3D Printing Tough, Strong Composites -- From Fabrics
Engineering Materials 
3/4/2016  Post a comment
Like we've often said, 3D printing isn't just for making stuff -- it's also for making new materials that can't be produced any other way. Impossible Objects' Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing process 3D prints aerospace-grade end-production parts from novel composites made of fabrics.
9 New 3D Printing Materials to Watch
Engineering Materials 
3/3/2016  2 comments
The latest crop of 3D printing materials includes several flexible plastics, as well as a couple of firsts: the first reworkable flexible plastics; and the first titanium-ceramic powder for powder-bed and laser-based metals 3D printing.
Hello There! Huh? Read This, and You’ll Understand
Blog 
3/2/2016  Post a comment
Design & Manufacturing New England returns once again to deliver hands-on access to the latest design engineering and manufacturing technologies and education to help you stay ahead of the competition.
3D Printing in Aerospace Is Mostly About Metals
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2016  1 comment
The leading, bleeding edge in 3D printing end-production parts for aerospace is all about metals and mostly about rocket engines.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
Graphene Composite Coating Can Keep Wings Ice-Free
Engineering Materials 
2/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a composite coating they say could keep airplane wings free of ice. So far, it's made the ice on a helicopter blade melt, even at -4F. Better yet, the graphene it contains in tiny amounts isn't insanely expensive to produce.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
Blog 
2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
Blog 
2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Watch These 7 Humanoid Robots Serve Their Human Masters
Blog 
2/26/2016  8 comments
What are humanoid robots? Most of them sort into two general categories. This time, we'll look at obviously mechanical objects shaped like people, like the earlier Terminator models before SkyNet wised up and made them look like Ahnald.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
Blog 
2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
Blog 
2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Feb. 21-26, 2016)
Blog 
2/26/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (February 21-26, 2016).
Frozen Oil Inspires New Shape-shifting Materials
Blog 
2/25/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have used the changing composition of oil as inspiration for a new method for generating complex shapes, paving the way for new shape-shifting materials with a range of applications.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
Blog 
2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Video: 3D-Printed Ear, Bone & Muscle Implants -- Really!
Engineering Materials 
2/24/2016  Post a comment
It sounds like science fiction, but it's not. 3D-printed human ear, bone, and muscle tissue have been implanted in lab rats and successfully grew their own blood vessel networks.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
Blog 
2/23/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
Blog 
2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Seen in Anaheim: Gadget Freaks Race Their Slot Cars
Blog 
2/23/2016  Post a comment
Participants at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show showed off their Gadget Freak slot-car skills.
Did You Catch the Cool Stuff at Pacific Design & Manufacturing?
Blog 
2/23/2016  Post a comment
This year’s UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo and Conferences drew 20,000 attendees, 2,000 exhibitors, and a lot of displays aimed at quenching the curiosity of engineers.
Hoverboard Teardown: A Time Bomb on Two Wheels?
Blog 
2/22/2016  11 comments
iFixit teamed up with The Wirecutter and Ken Shirriff to tear down the Swagway hoverboard. Does it really have swagger? Or is it just a new way to set your home on fire?
Why Engineering Is in My DNA
Blog 
2/22/2016  2 comments
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this first installment, contributing writer Don Wilcher reveals why writing about and teaching engineering are so important.
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