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20 Inventions Created by Mistake – Part 2
Blog 
12/11/2015  15 comments
Some of the greatest inventions happened purely by accident.
This Self-Healing Gel Doesn't Need Stimuli to Repair and Connect Circuits
Blog 
12/11/2015  2 comments
A researcher at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a self-healing gel that can repair and connect electronic circuits, paving the way for new innovation in flexible electronics, biosensors, and energy-storage devices.
3D-Printed Injection Mold Inserts Allow Faster, Cheaper Design and Prototyping
Blog 
12/11/2015  1 comment
Prototyping and low-volume production have long been a challenge for companies that design and manufacture injection-molded parts. Ideally, prototypes for validation should be made of the same thermoplastic as the final production part.
8 New 3D Printing Technologies From Formnext & the AM Factory of Tomorrow
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2015  Post a comment
Engineers and others interested in prototyping and end-production using 3D printing and additive manufacturing recently attended the Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. It was all about metals, better process control, and the factory of tomorrow.
Where Additive Manufacturing Meets Aerospace to Take Flight
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12/9/2015  Post a comment
Direct metal laser sintering takes flight with innovative part designs and super tough materials.
Engineering's Most Important Equations
Blog 
12/7/2015  15 comments
Design News looks at the equations that made engines work, planes fly, and buildings tower more than 1,000 feet in the air.
10 New Plastics For Airplane Interiors, Car Exteriors, and Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
12/5/2015  Post a comment
Along with our current bunch of new plastics and elastomers, we also tell you about new applications they make possible, plus related news.
3D Printer-Like ‘Prometheus’ Machine Creates Circuit Boards in Minutes
Blog 
12/4/2015  15 comments
A new invention by a robotics startup called Zippy Robotics looks like a 3D printer but instead of printing CAD designs, it prints circuit boards.
What Can Design Engineers Learn from IKEA?
Blog 
12/4/2015  9 comments
IKEA has built its entire brand around the concept. So is modular design the way forward for traditional product development?
Can't Get What You Want for Christmas? Blame the Supply Chain
Blog 
12/3/2015  1 comment
A survey by Riverwood Solutions found that the biggest problem for the supply chain over the busy holiday gift-giving season is visibility.
Caterpillar Will Show You Just How Real 3D Printing for Direct Manufacturing Has Become
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12/3/2015  Post a comment
On Dec. 8 the company will showcase examples of its applications in AM, as the lead presenter in the Design News educational webcast,”3D Printing Gets Real for Tooling & Manufacturing,” sponsored by Proto Labs.
Top 25 Most Expensive Engineering Degrees
Blog 
12/2/2015  17 comments
Today, many of the great private engineering schools exceed $50,000 a year in total costs. Here's a list of the 25 most expensive.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview: 7 Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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12/1/2015  Post a comment
Design News previews some of the solutions exhibitors that will be at the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim in February 2016.
Beyond Inflation: 2015 Engineering Salaries Are on the Rise
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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  1 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
Blog 
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
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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?
Must See: Cornell 3D Prints Soft Robotic Tentacles
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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?
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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
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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
Blog 
11/14/2015  4 comments
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
Blog 
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
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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
Blog 
11/10/2015  10 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Blog 
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
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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
Blog 
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
Blog 
10/28/2015  14 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
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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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
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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?
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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
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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.
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