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30 Seconds With Optimal Design
Electronic News & Comment 
10/21/2014  1 comment
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.
12 Robots That Play Sports
Blog 
10/20/2014  17 comments
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Gadget Freak Case # 264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
Gadget Freak 
10/17/2014  Post a comment
The DDV-IP is an inverted pendulum driving machine. The concept is a two wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days.
Gadget Freak Case #264: Drink Delivery Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum
Gadget Freak 
10/17/2014  18 comments
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
Features 
10/17/2014  Post a comment
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Gadget Freak 
10/16/2014  1 comment
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
London's Floating Bike Path Would Harvest Energy from Sun, Wind, Tides
Blog 
10/15/2014  19 comments
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort
News 
10/15/2014  Post a comment
Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  23 comments
Here's a breakdown of the 2014 engineering salaries by discipline. We've included entry-level salaries, mean average salaries, and top 10% salaries.
Robert Langer: The Thomas Edison of Biomedical Engineering
Blog 
10/14/2014  5 comments
The numerous, groundbreaking inventions of biomedical engineer Robert Langer may have an impact on life in our century that rivals Edison's impact on the last century.
Video: Tiny Humanoid Robot Flies Plane
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2014  9 comments
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
3D-Printed Robot Thwarts Drug Smugglers
Blog 
10/10/2014  8 comments
MIT researchers have used 3D printing to develop an underwater robot about the size of a football that can protect ports by scanning the hulls of ships for suspicious or illegal cargo.
Engineering a High-Performance Barricade for Heightened Security
Guest Blogs 
10/9/2014  3 comments
With increasing terrorist threats overseas, organizations are thinking about how best to defend themselves here and abroad. Engineering can play a role, especially when it comes to putting a barrier between yourself and the bad guys.
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 
10/8/2014  28 comments
Most engineers spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve design problems, but not much time thinking about how we think. Using analogies can help you come up with more, and possibly better, design ideas.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 
10/7/2014  7 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Is Your Star Rising?
Blog 
10/7/2014  1 comment
Help Design News recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star today.
Will IBM's Solar Concentrator Be More Affordable?
Engineering Materials 
10/6/2014  14 comments
IBM's "sunflower" solar concentrator converts 80% of the sun's radiation into useful energy.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
India's Mangalyaan Probe Reaches Mars
Blog 
9/30/2014  13 comments
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  26 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  15 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  17 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 
9/23/2014  16 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  35 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor
News 
9/16/2014  9 comments
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.
'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS
STEM Connection 
9/16/2014  16 comments
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  16 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 
9/12/2014  9 comments
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
Blog 
9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
Video: These Robots Have X-ray Vision
Blog 
9/9/2014  10 comments
Two small, wheeled robots can "see" through a concrete wall using nothing but WiFi wireless communication. They can detect and measure everything on the other side: people and objects, their positions and geometry, whether they're moving, and what materials they're made of.
5 More Tips for Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
9/9/2014  17 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares more top advice for new engineering students. He wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Slideshow: Killer Robot Combats Ebola in Africa
Blog 
9/8/2014  25 comments
The recent Ebola outbreak that has affected four countries in West Africa has government and health officials trying to combat and contain the deadly virus. One doctor who developed a virus-fighting robot in the United States has traveled to Liberia with two of his inventions to aid them in that battle.
Which Suppliers Do You Love?
Pamela Moore 
9/4/2014  4 comments
Take a Design News survey to identify the leading suppliers for design engineers.
RFID: Watching the Plant Over the Radio
Blog 
9/2/2014  3 comments
RFID offers visibility into the plant. What inventory is being consumed? What stuff is being built? What's done and out the door?
Video: Autonomous Military Robots Complete Mission
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2014  3 comments
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools
Blog 
8/29/2014  49 comments
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
Medical Combination Pouching System
Features 
8/29/2014  1 comment
Automation controls maximize the precision manufacturing of medical pouch seals, minimize material waste, and improve system accuracy through better data management.
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
Rehab Chair Delivers Right Dose of Tension & Vibration to Patients' Muscles
Product News 
8/28/2014  6 comments
Tolomatic ERD actuator provides high-tolerance, high-force capabilities at a low cost to innovative medical therapy machine.
Market Your Business Using Portable Display Stands
Guest Blogs 
8/27/2014  6 comments
Businesses cutting across industries are increasingly making use of portable display stands in the UK for marketing.
The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
Features 
8/26/2014  1 comment
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
Blog 
8/19/2014  31 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Big Stars Become Robots in the 2000s
Blog 
8/14/2014  13 comments
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Top 16 Robots in Late-90s Film & TV
Blog 
8/11/2014  20 comments
Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures.
Video: Baseball ‘Fanbots’ Lead Cheers, Boost Morale
Blog 
8/5/2014  27 comments
This Korean baseball team has responded to its losing streak by packing a section of its stadium’s stands with interactive robots dubbed “Fanbots” to give the team and its fans a much-needed boost.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
Features 
8/1/2014  1 comment
A Danish company has developed a new type of door-locking system that can be installed over an existing lock to create a system that is hands-free, can be remotely actuated, but can still use a traditional key.
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