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More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
Ford Wants Startups to Help It Create Connected Cars
Blog 
5/12/2016  Post a comment
To meet consumer demands around connected vehicles and IoT, automakers like Ford are turning to startups. But where should the focus lie for companies looking to work with the car giant?
Top 15 Most Important Auto Safety Technologies
Automotive News 
5/11/2016  20 comments
Take a look at 15 of the most important automotive safety technologies from the past 50 years and the next half-century.
Product Line Engineering Gets a Visual Makeover
Product News 
5/11/2016  Post a comment
BigLever and No Magic have created an integrated connection to give PLE a visual model.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
Blog 
5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
Fast and Cheap Carbon Composite Repair & Recycling
News 
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.
Call for Proposals Open for ARM TechCon 2016
Features 
5/3/2016  1 comment
Designers, engineers, and developers are encouraged to submit their proposals for ARM TechCon 2016, happening October 25-27. Submission deadline is June 10.
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
Blog 
5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
Oscilloscope Adds New Dimension to Motor-Drive Analysis
Product News 
5/3/2016  Post a comment
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
ORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
Blog 
4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
UL and EOS to Teach Users 3D Printing/AM Best Practices
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2016  Post a comment
UL is partnering with metals additive manufacturing (AM) supplier EOS to provide AM training to EOS's customers. It's designed to promote correct usage of AM technologies by OEMs and others in manufacturing.
The Auto Industry’s Latest and Greatest Engines
Automotive News 
4/26/2016  3 comments
If there’s a rule of thumb in modern engine design, it’s that smaller is better. Smaller engines weigh less, burn less fuel, and simplify packaging.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
News 
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.
Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2016  Post a comment
Harvard University engineers and scientists have designed a new type of metamaterial that can change its size, volume, and shape. Why? To help make possible reconfigurable devices like space structures or robots.
Can VR Ever Be More Than Just a Game?
Chris Wiltz 
4/12/2016  10 comments
With all the products hitting the market, 2016 is looking to be the year of virtual reality. But is VR good for anything besides playing games?
Manufacturing Is More Vulnerable to Cyber Attack as IoT Proliferates
Blog 
4/12/2016  1 comment
The GMSA in Europe has release cybersecurity guidelines to help protect manufacturing from attack.
The Best and Worst of Automotive Headlights
Automotive News 
4/11/2016  33 comments
Higher prices and glitzy new technologies don’t necessarily make for better automotive headlights, a first-ever study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests.
9 Composites You Need to Know About Now
Engineering Materials 
4/8/2016  1 comment
At the JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials and systems showed off their latest innovations for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.
Automakers, Suppliers Ratchet Up Autonomous Car Programs
Automotive News 
4/8/2016  Post a comment
A February letter from federal regulators to Google Inc. appears to have sent automakers and tier-one suppliers scrambling to accelerate their investments in autonomous vehicle technology.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
Monohull Boat Will Sail on Recyclable Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2016  Post a comment
A recyclable thermoplastic composite using a resin you can actually buy makes possible the first monohull sailboat with an entirely recyclable carbon composite hull and deck.
How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs
Engineering Materials 
3/30/2016  22 comments
The threat of stolen intellectual property that's hovered around the world of 3D printing since its inception just got hotter. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have captured the sounds that 3D printers make when printing out a part and used that data to reverse engineer the part's source code.
Higher-Temperature Carbon Composites For Production Car Volumes
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2016  Post a comment
At the recent JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris, Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial availability of two new higher-temperature grade versions of its VORAFORCE epoxy resin matrix for thermoset carbon composites.
To Boost Product Reliability, Cut Back on the Excitement
Automotive News 
3/28/2016  6 comments
Consumer Reports’ new automotive reliability survey may be targeted at car buyers, but it also provides hard evidence that product reliability is a choice, and not an accident, for design engineers.
15 of the Auto Industry's Most Reliable Vehicles
Automotive News 
3/22/2016  13 comments
When it comes to automotive reliability, it’s no secret that Japanese cars dominate. Still, Consumer Reports' latest reliability ratings may come as a surprise to some.
Carbon Fiber Composites Recycled to Virgin Material on the Cheap
News 
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.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality
Blog 
3/17/2016  Post a comment
At present, new vehicles actually have the ability to receive updates. Even the cars that do support over-the-air (OTA) updates are only designed to update the infotainment or telematics systems.
15 Vehicles That Get Dinged for Poor Reliability
Automotive News 
3/16/2016  21 comments
Vehicle reliability has climbed steadily the past two decades, but some vehicles still frustrate their owners with repeated issues, says the April issue of Consumer Reports.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
The Best Supercars of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/9/2016  1 comment
The Geneva International Motor Show has earned a reputation for being the venue for the introduction of so-called “supercars,” and last week’s 2016 version was no exception. Here's a look at best (and fastest) the show had to offer.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
Video: 3D Printing Tough, Strong Composites -- From Fabrics
Engineering Materials 
3/4/2016  Post a comment
Like we've often said, 3D printing isn't just for making stuff -- it's also for making new materials that can't be produced any other way. Impossible Objects' Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing process 3D prints aerospace-grade end-production parts from novel composites made of fabrics.
9 New 3D Printing Materials to Watch
Engineering Materials 
3/3/2016  2 comments
The latest crop of 3D printing materials includes several flexible plastics, as well as a couple of firsts: the first reworkable flexible plastics; and the first titanium-ceramic powder for powder-bed and laser-based metals 3D printing.
MapleSim Update Moves Forward on Multidisciplinary System-Level Modeling
Blog 
3/3/2016  Post a comment
Recent updates to the modeling and simulation platform developed by Maplesoft are intended to let designers and engineers know "what works and what doesn't" in large, complex, multidomain systems.
Engineering Degrees
Quick Poll 
3/1/2016  15 comments
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
News 
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.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
Blog 
2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
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