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Injection Molding Evolves to Today's Global Product Needs
9/15/2015  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.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
9/15/2015  1 comment
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Writing for Design News
5/6/2015  Post a comment
Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.
Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
4/10/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.
A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
2/3/2015  2 comments
The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.
Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
1/30/2015  2 comments
As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.
5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
1/27/2015  Post a comment
After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.
Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
12/30/2014  Post a comment
Engineers are using new composites and metal to create components for military and aerospace that are lighter and cheaper, but just as strong and durable.
From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
12/22/2014  Post a comment
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where it’s needed and incorporate more features in a single part.
Robots Are Everywhere
11/26/2014  15 comments
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
10/24/2014  2 comments
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014  12 comments
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?
Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
10/3/2014  3 comments
When you’re in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one person’s needs, taste, or budget, you never know what’s going to come through the door next. That’s the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but it’s one the company relishes.
Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
9/5/2014  1 comment
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
9/3/2014  7 comments
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.
Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
9/2/2014  2 comments
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
8/14/2014  5 comments
Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
Revolutionizing Regenerative & Implantable Medical Apps Through Next-Gen Techniques
8/11/2014  3 comments
The emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before.
Commercial Protocols & Aerospace Cabling: Finding the Right Balance
7/29/2014  1 comment
Whether they're using Cat 5e, USB, or IEEE 1394 cabling in aerospace, designers must balance the use of standards against the application's special needs.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
7/25/2014  2 comments
Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.
3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
7/24/2014  1 comment
3D printing production-grade parts faces major challenges in processes and qualification to support engineering materials like carbon composites. Here are some novel solutions.
ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
7/7/2014  2 comments
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.
Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
6/30/2014  4 comments
Technology has long been a critical factor in designing products for manufacturing, and that technology has come into full bloom in the last couple years.
Thermoforming Advances Medical Design
6/17/2014  2 comments
Manufacturing advances in thick-gauge thermoplastic parts is producing an effective choice for medical equipment design.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
5/21/2014  1 comment
As designs of drug-delivery devices become increasingly complex, engineers have an even wider choice of plastics to choose from. This overview helps navigate what can be a bewildering selection of materials by outlining some key properties, capabilities, advantages, and limitations.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
9 Fundamental Facts for Self-Clinching Fastener Success
4/3/2014  5 comments
By following nine basic principles, engineers can take advantage of self-clinching fasteners for their ability to join thin metal sheets, reduce hardware counts, and allow removal or replacement of components.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
How to End Wiring Disarray & Inconsistency in Electrical Enclosures
3/11/2014  4 comments
Achieving uniform placement and organization of wiring cables can be difficult in network cabinets serviced by different installers and maintenance staff. Consistent, organized wiring systems can be maintained with a set of cable management devices.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
3/4/2014  8 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
3D Printing Using Powder Metals: Choose the Right Process for the Right Application
2/19/2014  3 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in new product development, low volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
2/17/2014  1 comment
Researchers are developing drugs that are more targeted to effect only diseased cells or areas of the body that need treatment rather than the body as a whole.
A Lean Approach to Designing Medical Drug Delivery Systems
2/12/2014  1 comment
Applying Lean philosophy in the design cycle by eliminating variation through standardized systems and processes, plus vertically integrating rapid prototyping and tooling development, cuts time and cost.
Design Close-Up: Overcoming the Complex Demands of a Medical Part
2/4/2014  2 comments
From functionality to aesthetics to cost pressures, product developers today face an unprecedented variety of conflicting demands. Every design engineer can benefit from working closely with experienced mold makers and molders.
3 Steps to the Right Fluid Connectors
12/17/2013  4 comments
Fluid connectors can boost the performance, increase the safety, and improve the user friendliness of devices and equipment used in a wide variety of life science, industrial, and chemical-handling applications.
Bionic Man Shows What’s Humanly Possible With Artificial Medical Technology
12/10/2013  30 comments
London-based robotics company Shadow Robot says two thirds of the human body can be replaced with artificial materials. Enter the Bionic Man.
Assessing Compatibility of Adhesives for LED Assembly
12/9/2013  3 comments
It is critical that LED manufacturers work closely with their adhesive suppliers during device design.
When Does a Custom Assembly Make Sense?
11/15/2013  4 comments
A systematic approach to looking at how a collaboratively designed solution to match the application may provide cost and performance benefits.
Lightweight AHSS Automotive Design: Pushing the Envelope
11/12/2013  7 comments
Steel is still the dominant material in cars, and new lightweight forms of it are the fastest growing material in vehicle design. Here’s why.
Versatile Plastic Diaphragm Check Valves Increase Options in Medical Designs
10/7/2013  3 comments
The latest plastic diaphragm check valves improve flexibility, flow control, and safety in medical device applications.
Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators
10/3/2013  13 comments
Educators need to provide students with interactive lessons that are academically rigorous while delivering fundamental concepts that bring theory to life.
Materials Move Aerospace Additive Manufacturing From Prototypes to Finished Products
9/5/2013  1 comment
High-performance engineering thermoplastics are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts. Aerospace is one of the industries where this move is happening first.
Making Flat Pack Shipping an Industry Standard
8/20/2013  13 comments
Advances in fastening technology are making flat pack shipping more common.
Liquid & Tape Conductive Adhesives for Electrical Interconnection
8/8/2013  7 comments
New formulations of ECAs provide high flexibility and excellent conductivity for use where electronic components and dissimilar materials are found.
Epoxies & Glass Transition Temperature
7/5/2013  3 comments
Glass transition temperature is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating, and encapsulation applications.
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