3D Systems Acquires Gentle Giant Studios
CAD/CAM Corner 1/14/2014 4 comments 3D Systems has acquired Gentle Giant Studios, a 3D model production company, which now gives the company rights to make characters from the
Star Wars franchise and Marvel comics.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 1/10/2014 19 comments The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Changes What Engineers Can Do With 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 1/9/2014 14 comments 3D Systems has introduced printers, services, and software that will change what engineers can do with 3D printing. These include a bigger and faster SLA build volume, another printer that does multiple colors in plastic, one that prints plastic multi-material objects bigger and faster, ceramic 3D printing via the cloud, and a universal print driver.
Saving Millions Through Cost Reduction
Sherlock Ohms 1/9/2014 11 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: Upping the Efficiency of Solar Cells
Blog 1/8/2014 27 comments Solar energy has emerged as one of the most viable forms of renewable energy. But to make it even more prevalent and a standard part of power grids, solar-energy harvesting technologies need to perform at a higher level, achieving more efficiency, or a higher ratio of electrical output to the incident energy in the form of sunlight.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Metals in Space
Engineering Materials 1/7/2014 23 comments The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun a program for designing a large-scale 3D printer that will work in space to make high-performance metal components and even entire satellites.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 1/2/2014 34 comments Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
Slideshow: Finnish High-End Steel Maker Comes to US
Engineering Materials 12/30/2013 15 comments Rautarukki Corp., a Finnish specialty steel maker known for its sustainable practices, has opened offices in Pittsburgh and Toronto. It will target its products toward transportation, heavy lifting, mining, and other industrial applications.
Bottle Molding Gets a Makeover
Blog 12/23/2013 10 comments Queen's University in Northern Ireland has spent more than 20 years researching and experimenting with plastic bottle moldings. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering School is the foundation for the Advanced Materials and Processing group, which has become the experts of the world on forming and creating new bottles.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 12/17/2013 15 comments Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
Slideshow: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 12/16/2013 2 comments Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 12/13/2013 3 comments 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 34 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 6 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 52 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 16 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 25 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 42 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.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?