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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.
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3/1/2016  15 comments
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
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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.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
Blog 
2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
Blog 
2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
Blog 
2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
Blog 
2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
Blog 
2/23/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
Blog 
2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Seen in Anaheim: Gadget Freaks Race Their Slot Cars
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2/23/2016  Post a comment
Participants at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show showed off their Gadget Freak slot-car skills.
Why Engineering Is in My DNA
Blog 
2/22/2016  2 comments
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this first installment, contributing writer Don Wilcher reveals why writing about and teaching engineering are so important.
Boeing Venture Produces the Lightest Metal Ever Known
Blog 
2/22/2016  9 comments
Researchers affiliated with Boeing have produced what they claim to be the lightest metal ever made. It’s called “microlattice,” and the reason it’s so light is because it’s 99.99% air.
Turn the 'TIDE' in Your Understanding of Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
Blog 
2/22/2016  1 comment
The convergence of manufacturing with the front-office, enabled by connectivity, is going to create the Totally Integrated Digital Enterprise, or TIDE. Sensorization at the plant floor and on edge devices in manufacturing is leading to radical changes in industrial automation. How will you deal?
CD-adapco Focuses on ‘Speed’ of Machine Design Iteration Process in New Release
Blog 
2/21/2016  1 comment
The CAE software maker's latest version of the Speed machine design package integrates better with the company's machine analysis tool -- just before being acquired by Siemens.
New Arc Welding Chapter for Free Online Automotive Aluminum Joining Manual
Engineering Materials 
2/20/2016  Post a comment
An online manual that describes in detail the range of commercial technologies for joining automotive aluminum components has a new chapter on arc welding. The entire manual is available free from the Aluminum Association.
The Best of the Chicago Auto Show – Part 2
Automotive News 
2/19/2016  1 comment
If nothing else, our second installment from the Chicago Auto Show proves that vehicles continue to improve in safety and efficiency.
Seen in Anaheim: 3D Printing & Baxter's Little Sis
Engineering Materials 
2/19/2016  Post a comment
At this year's Anaheim shows everyone was reinventing 3D printing to meet their own needs, while Baxter Robot's "little sister" Sawyer was touted as being used by companies around the globe, and a host of new and notable adhesives, cleaners, dispensing systems, and plastics manufacturing systems were also on display.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Week of Feb. 20, 2016)
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2/19/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (ending February 20, 2016).
REACH Becomes Far More Stringent
Blog 
2/19/2016  1 comment
The REACH regulation in Europe has changed, and for many industries such as automotive, the changes will have a profound effect on doing business.
What Exotic Material Is Critical to Optical Studies of Internal Combustion Engine Performance?
Blog 
2/18/2016  1 comment
A research firm focused on improving internal combustion engines needed optically accessible cylinders and piston heads that could take the heat and pressure, knowing this material was also extremely hard to machine.
The Best of the Chicago Auto Show - Part 1
Automotive News 
2/17/2016  1 comment
This year’s Chicago Auto Show was big on unusual concept vehicles, ranging from a track-powered SUV to a futuristic car that calls on the driver to steer the car merely by leaning.
GM Goes Internal and in Unlikely Places for Materials
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2/16/2016  Post a comment
General Motors aims to be landfill-free by 2020, adhering to a recycling commitment and the use of sustainable materials in its vehicle designs.
Don't Forget 3 Metrics If You Want to Avoid Unreliable Product Designs
Blog 
2/16/2016  1 comment
To ensure the design of a reliable product, it is imperative that reliability metrics are used early in the design process and continue to be used regularly throughout the product lifecycle.
Readers Tell All: 'Why I Became an Engineer'
Blog 
2/15/2016  4 comments
Recently, we asked our readers to tell us, in detail, why they chose to become an engineer. Here are their stories.
Who Is the Messiest Engineer of All?
Blog 
2/12/2016  18 comments
Back in January we asked our readers to send us photos of their desks and workbenches – and they delivered.
The Secret to My Success As An Engineer
Blog 
2/11/2016  7 comments
Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to recognize those folks around us who have had a hand in our success.
Are 3D-Printed Metal Parts Good Enough for End-Production? Lawrence Livermore - and Physics - Say Yes
Engineering Materials 
2/11/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
Autodesk Adds Thermal Functionalities to Simulation Workspace in Fusion 360
Blog 
2/11/2016  Post a comment
The designer can now analyze temperature distribution in a design, tracking input and output of heat loads, and also turn it into a thermal stress study.
The Gaping Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing
Blog 
2/10/2016  8 comments
A panel session on the advanced manufacturing workforce at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week revealed a major skills gap.
2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
Blog 
2/10/2016  Post a comment
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
This Report Shows How to Tap Into Nature's Principles for Design
Blog 
2/9/2016  2 comments
This consulting firm has put together a report detailing the growing biomimicry design field in the US and around the world, from naturally bacteria-repelling surfaces to keratin-inspired polymers.
12 Best Engineering and Information Tech Jobs
Blog 
2/8/2016  3 comments
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
Taiwanese Additive Manufacturing Doesn't Want to Compromise on Toughness and Hardness
Blog 
2/8/2016  Post a comment
The Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, a government-funded research organization, is aiming to improve laser technology to raise sintered material property performance.
5 Pre-, Post-, and On-Site Activities that Will Boost Your Presence at the Next Industrial Trade Show
Blog 
2/7/2016  Post a comment
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
Blog 
2/6/2016  10 comments
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists: Electronics & Test
Blog 
2/3/2016  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Demystifying Data Logging -- and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits
Blog 
2/3/2016  8 comments
Data logging, a critical part of test engineering, is often treated as an afterthought, but giving it the following considerations can net big payoffs.
The Argument Against Model-Based Definition
Blog 
2/2/2016  7 comments
2D drawings actually work quite well, and people resist change, despite efforts including those by the world's leading companies to go to model-centric approaches to manufacturing.
Are You Ready and Prepared for IT/OT Talent Migration?
Blog 
2/1/2016  1 comment
We often discuss the equipment and software migrations as part of the move to a smart manufacturing or industrial operations model, but what about talent migration? It's time to stop ignoring this issue.
Development Kit Speeds Creation of IoT Demos
Product News 
2/1/2016  Post a comment
A new “rapid prototyping tool” enables developers to bring Internet of Things (IoT) designs to life more quickly.
Ansys 17.0 CAE Focuses on Expediting Virtual Simulation and Productivity
Blog 
2/1/2016  Post a comment
Ansys Inc., the developer of engineering simulation software, have just commercialized Ansys 17.0, calling it “the most feature-rich release in the company’s 45-year history” and claiming that the new release offers “10x improvements to product development productivity, insight, and performance.”
What Star Trek Can Teach Us as Engineers
Blog 
1/30/2016  26 comments
Star Trek brought us many pioneering ideas that designers have acted upon, and we can glean a few engineering bits of wisdom from this iconic show.
Another Use for 3D Printing: Physically Modeling Fluid Flow Trajectory Lines
Blog 
1/29/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is a new way to get a physical example of flow simulation results to vividly observe pressure, temperature, and velocity parameters.
How to Find and Retain Engineering Talent
Blog 
1/28/2016  17 comments
There is a shortage of engineers and designers. That's nothing new, but companies can tap into a talent pipeline using these steps.
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