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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.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
Blog 
4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
It's Time to Investigate the H-1B Mess
Opinion 
4/13/2015  11 comments
The rancorous annual debate over the H-1B visa program could be definitively resolved if the United States government would commit itself to one difficult act: investigation.
Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2015  1 comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
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.
It's Time for the Apple Watch Teardown
Blog 
4/8/2015  13 comments
Announced September 9, 2014, the Apple Watch is the company's first foray into smart wearables.
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.
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the Robot Block Party
STEM Connection 
4/8/2015  1 comment
igus will celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 at the second-annual Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11, demonstrating its robot-related products and providing robot giveaways to lucky winners.
Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2015  22 comments
One reader had to dismantle the Mazda Tribute for the sake of changing the alternator and some spark plugs.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Hydraulic Solution for Flash-Butt Welding
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2015  Post a comment
New flash welding innovation uses hydraulic motion control, and enables patented welding process for as much as 50% less cost.
Injection Molding Adapts to a More Interconnected World
Blog 
4/6/2015  Post a comment
Rapid molding is changing the face of injection molding, as globalization, low-energy concerns, and the Internet of Things bump up the SKU count for many products.
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.
UK Researchers Have Found the Strongest Biological Substance Ever Tested
Blog 
4/2/2015  3 comments
For many years, it was believed that the strongest biological substance on Earth was spider silk, but new research says aquatic snails produce an even stronger material that could disrupt manufacturing forever.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
The Failure of 'New Coke' Is a Helpful Lesson for Engineers
Blog 
4/1/2015  29 comments
Nearly 30 years after its release, 'New Coke' is still a lesson in product failure for engineers.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
Nano-Scale Steel Powders Upgrade Additive Manufacturing Parts
Blog 
3/30/2015  Post a comment
NanoSteel Co., which develops high-performance steel alloys, began producing steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM) last year and now supplies them commercially for freeform laser deposition and laser powder bed fusion processes.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
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.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
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.
It’s Time to Get Your Feet Wet in Additive Manufacturing — and Production
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
To those who have not stepped into additive manufacturing, get involved as soon as possible. This is for the benefit of your company. When the new innovations come out, you want to be ready to take advantage of them immediately, and that takes knowledge.
Carbon3D Just Solved 3D Printing's Painful Speed Problem
Blog 
3/24/2015  1 comment
3D printing is agonizingly slow, but a new technology inspired by the movie Terminator 2 is going to get additive manufacturing up to speed.
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
Polymer Additive Technologies at NPE2015 Push Packaging Limits
Guest Blogs 
3/24/2015  Post a comment
At the NPE2015 plastics expo this week in Orlando, Fla., Milliken & Co., a company that specializes in property-enhancing additives for polymers, is showing two products that are expected to have a major impact on their respective markets.
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.
Free 3D Printing Database of Industrial Machines & Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2015  2 comments
Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for additive manufacturing and 3D printing now have some relief: a free searchable database with more than 350 machines and 450 different materials.
Dow Automotive Cuts Composite Cycle Time to 60 Seconds
Engineering Materials 
3/20/2015  Post a comment
At JEC Europe Dow Automotive introduced a new ultra-fast, under-60-second molding cycle time for its commercial-grade VORAFORCE 5300 epoxy resin matrix for carbon composites. It's aimed at high-volume automotive manufacturing.
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.
Free Online Manual for Automotive Aluminum Joining
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2015  Post a comment
A new online manual that describes in detail the range of commercial technologies for joining automotive aluminum components is available free from the Aluminum Association.
Apple's Latest MacBook Pro Receives Lowest Repairability Score Yet
Blog 
3/17/2015  12 comments
During its March 9 keynote, Apple sprung four new MacBooks on us. As always, we had to get our paws on the revised MacBook Pro.
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.
Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
Made by Monkeys 
3/16/2015  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
12 New 3D Printing Materials: From Desktops to Powder Bed Fusion
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2015  2 comments
Most of the new 3D printing (3DP) materials we feature in this slideshow are plastic filaments for desktop printers, but we've also thrown in a new filament-making extruder, and news about a super-hard high-end nanosteel.
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.
Prototype Bus Shelter is Powered by Energy-Harvesting Plants, Solar Panels
Blog 
3/12/2015  9 comments
The brainchild of two Cambridge University professors, a prototype bus shelter uses a wall of plants and solar panels to harvest energy to provide lighting to the structure.
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.
Someday You'll Clean Your Favorite Jeans With Sunlight
Blog 
3/12/2015  Post a comment
Imagine if you could “wash” your favorite jeans just by hanging them in direct sunlight. Well this could soon be a possibility thanks to cotton created by two Chinese scientists that rids itself of stains and bacteria when exposed to solar light.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  2 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
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