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.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 3/11/2015 24 comments Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 3/11/2015 1 comment The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 3/10/2015 7 comments Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 3/9/2015 2 comments If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 3/6/2015 1 comment With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Carbon-Fiber 'Chairless Chair' Improves Ergonomics
Blog 3/6/2015 3 comments Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building
Engineering Materials 3/5/2015 2 comments The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, building materials, and more.
Fasteners Get Tinier, Tougher, and Smarter
Blog 3/4/2015 1 comment New fastening and joining methods are making it possible to join multiple materials and thinner sheets in consumer and medical portable electronics, as well as automotive and aviation systems.
Solar Shingles Poised As Next Renewable Trend
Blog 3/3/2015 23 comments People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Alliance in the Skies
Guest Blogs 3/3/2015 Post a comment Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney sees additive manufacturing as a production approach that's complementary to -- not a replacement for -- traditional manufacturing processes.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 2/27/2015 2 comments Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
Blog 2/27/2015 1 comment Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
9 New Adhesives Hold Things Together
Engineering Materials 2/26/2015 Post a comment Many of the new adhesives we're featuring in this slideshow are for use in automotive and other transportation applications. The rest of these new products are for a wide variety of applications including aviation, aerospace, electrical motors, electronics, industrial, and semiconductors.
Microscopic Nanobots Will Need to Self-Repair
Engineering Materials 2/26/2015 1 comment A Columbia University team working on molecular-scale nano-robots with moving parts has run into wear-and-tear issues. They've become the first team to observe in detail and quantify this process, and are devising coping strategies by observing how living cells prevent aging.
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
Blog 2/25/2015 7 comments It’s National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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