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New Nanomaterial, MXene, Is the Best-Ever Protection Against Electromagnetic Inference
10/17/2016  Post a comment
MXene, a light, incredibly thin coating made of a nanomaterial discovered by researchers at Drexel University, works better than copper and aluminum in protecting electronic parts and devices from electromagnetic interference .
ORNL, Boeing Win World Record For Biggest 3D-Printed Piece
10/11/2016  Post a comment
The biggest solid 3D-printed piece in the world is a 3D-printed trim and drill tool for the wingskin of Boeing's new 777X commercial jet. It was made by Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine.
GM Will Use EV Batteries to Store Renewable Energy
9/23/2016  5 comments
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
NAVAIR Flies First 3D-Printed Safety-Critical Part
9/22/2016  Post a comment
The test flight at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland was the first time a US Navy aircraft has flown with a part made with additive manufacturing (AM) that's considered essential to maintaining a safe flight.
IoT Sensor Systems: Start With a Clear Vision of Success
8/25/2016  Post a comment
Determining the quantities and location of sensors in an Internet of Things application requires a thorough problem statement and a clear vision of success, an expert will tell engineers at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Earbuds: The New Sensor Solution for Heart Monitoring
8/23/2016  Post a comment
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
New Composite Recycling & Repair Method is Easy & Cheap
8/18/2016  Post a comment
A cheap and easy new technique from Georgia Tech can recycle almost 100% of the materials in some types of thermoset epoxy-based carbon fiber composites, and also functions as a repair method for surface damage.
Liquid Metals Aren't Easy to 3D Print, But These Companies Are Doing it
7/13/2016  Post a comment
Heraeus and Exmet have successfully 3D printed amorphous metals. This is no small feat: these materials, also called liquid metals or metallic glass, haven't exactly been easy to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.
NASA Wants to Put Electric Planes in the Air by 2018
6/28/2016  5 comments
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
What Do Engineers Think of Trump’s Energy Plan?
6/8/2016  82 comments
Donald Trump’s recent release of an “energy plan” offered no policy details, but left little doubt as to where the Republican presidential candidate stands on the subject of green energy.
Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean
5/30/2016  Post a comment
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step
5/13/2016  Post a comment
The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.
Fast and Cheap Carbon Composite Repair & Recycling
5/5/2016  Post a comment
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!
5/4/2016  1 comment
A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Carbon Fiber Composites Recycled to Virgin Material on the Cheap
3/22/2016  10 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have figured out how to do what many thought was impossible: recycle carbon fiber composites into new material with virgin strength characteristics, cheaply and quickly.
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
2/11/2016  6 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
Renesas Demos Servo Drive on a Chip
2/10/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. rolled out what is believed to be the first industrial servo drive on a chip at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
Aerojet Will Set 3DP Rocket Engine Standards for the US Air Force
1/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Air Force has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne to define standards for qualifying 3D printed components used in liquid-fueled rocket engines.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Consultant Shares Secrets Behind Design of Swimmers' Heart Rate Monitor
12/17/2015  1 comment
An engineer at UBM’s recent Designers of Things conference shared his insight into the trials and tribulations of developing one of the most challenging kinds of wearable products -- a heart rate monitor for swimmers.
Building a Better Mousetrap at the Designers of Things Conference
12/14/2015  1 comment
UBM’s recent Designers of Things Conference in San Jose highlighted the work, not only of materials and components suppliers, but of the makers of innovative products from around the world.
Software Tool Secures Hydraulics' Role in Factories of the Future
12/8/2015  Post a comment
To meet the needs of the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, Bosch Rexroth AG is rolling out a hydraulic power package featuring a smart software tool that targets the needs of the future factory.
Here's the Cure for Problems Facing the Internet of Things
12/3/2015  3 comments
The Internet of Things is broken and needs ARM-based field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to fix it, an expert told engineers at UBM’s Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Explores 'Digi-Med' Testing
11/30/2015  Post a comment
Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
11/29/2015  Post a comment
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
11/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance polymers have been making inroads in high-heat, under-hood car environments for awhile now. At some recent industry events, DuPont Performance Polymers showed off several new parts made of polymers designed for these uses.
Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
11/19/2015  26 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
MEMS Industry Group Makes Important Name Change
11/6/2015  1 comment
MEMS Industry Group, the trade group representing the semiconductor and microelectromechanical system industries, has changed its name to MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, reflecting the increasing importance of sensors in the growing IoT world.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
Have Your Say for Best ARM-based Product
10/28/2015  Post a comment
Design News sister publications EDN and EE Times needs you to vote for a Reader's Choice Winner in their ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge. Please help our EDN/EE Times friends out!
Slideshow: 'Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia' Recap Provides Peek at Latest Engineering Innovations
10/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News' recent Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia event provided a snapshot of the continually changing nature of design engineering, showing off innovations in materials, automation, components, services, and, of course, 3D printing, plus more.
Don't Overlook the Hydraulics in Motion Control Applications
10/14/2015  1 comment
For engineers who are laying plans for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, executives at Bosch Rexroth have a bit of advice: Don’t forget the hydraulics.
How Machine Designers and Manufacturers Can Streamline Enclosure Certification
10/12/2015  1 comment
A free UL webinar will show how to faster machine panel enclosure certification avoids delays to market, reduces cost, and eases traceability issues.
Free Composites Test Database Now Available from Sandia Labs
10/10/2015  Post a comment
A database containing information on over 16,000 tests done on 500 composites and other materials for wind turbine blades is now available free from Sandia National Laboratories.
At Design News Event, Caterpillar Tells How 3D Printing Helps Low-Volume Production
10/8/2015  Post a comment
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
Plastics Machinery Shipments Post Solid Q2 Gains
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Shipments of primary plastics equipment in the second quarter jumped 5.5% over the first quarter, and year-to-date movement is 3.9% higher than last year after six months.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
ECIA Says Electronic Component Sales Are Still Sluggish
8/31/2015  1 comment
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
Mouser Will Distribute Omron Products
8/17/2015  Post a comment
A new agreement between Mouser Electronics and Omron Electronic Components could result in broader, global availability of the latter's switches, relays, connectors, and sensors.
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
7/27/2015  1 comment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announces recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to cyberattacks after real-world test infiltrates a Jeep Cherokee.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
7/6/2015  1 comment
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
6/25/2015  8 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Counterfeit Parts Persist in the Face of Arrests and Convictions
6/19/2015  20 comments
Despite the crackdown on counterfeiters in the US and China, the problem is more rampant than ever, causing competitors to come together to educate customers and train border patrol workers on how to identify bogus bearings and other parts.
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