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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NPE2015: 5 Must-See Exhibits
Blog 3/20/2015 Post a comment All indications are that this year's NPE event, which begins Monday, March 23 in Orlando, Fla., will be the largest in its history: More exhibitors, more international participation, and more attendees.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 3/19/2015 14 comments Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
7 Silent Project Killers
Blog 3/19/2015 2 comments There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
Blog 3/18/2015 15 comments Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
The Path to Innovation Success Is Never Straight
Blog 3/16/2015 7 comments Conventional wisdom in product design, development, and engineering dictates a certain order of movement: You listen to customers and look at their application needs, perform market research, collaborate with them on conceptualization and feasibility, and go through the rest of the engineering design wringer and -- voila -- you have a product innovation or, better yet, an innovative product.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 3/16/2015 Post a comment Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 3/12/2015 1 comment The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Edmund Optics & LUXeXceL Deliver 3D-Printed Optics
Engineering Materials 3/12/2015 Post a comment The potential of LUXeXceL's 3D-printed plastic optics technology is good enough that it's attracted the attention of Edmund Optics, leading designer and manufacturer of precision optical components. The two companies have formed a working relationship to bring this technology to the photonics industry.
Injectable Plastic Could Save Your Life
Blog 3/12/2015 Post a comment A new injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington (UW; Seattle) could strengthen blood clots and save countless lives on the battlefield, in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment may not be available.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
In order to keep in line with safety protocols, industrial networks need to be filtered in a semantic way so that only information related to diagnostics is flowing back to the vendor and that any communications that could be used for remote machine operations are suppressed.
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
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