What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 7/28/2015 4 comments Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
Blog 7/28/2015 1 comment Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
Your Supplier Is Not Your Friend
Blog 7/21/2015 5 comments Sometimes outsourcing comes with a healthy dose of pushback. And that pushback from the supplier, warning of supply chain transgressions that could sink your product design, is good for you.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 7/15/2015 7 comments Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 7/10/2015 1 comment As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 6/26/2015 4 comments The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 6/11/2015 4 comments Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 6/8/2015 3 comments It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 6/4/2015 Post a comment Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 5/28/2015 5 comments Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 5/27/2015 13 comments Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
Siemens PLM Updates Solid Edge With ST8
Product News 5/27/2015 Post a comment The enhanced ST8 includes new functionality designed to help users accelerate design speed and improve the user’s ability to leverage synchronous technology. The update offers greater flexibility in choice of platform and purchasing options, according to the company.
In Space, a 3D Printer Beats Duct Tape Every Time
Engineering Materials 5/26/2015 Post a comment In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
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