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3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  11 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
It’s 2015. Where’s My Mr. Fusion?
Blog 
1/20/2015  6 comments
A quick look out the window confirms that flying cars and levitating skateboards, while they actually exist, are still not commonplace. We don’t have transparent aluminum yet, either.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
News 
1/15/2015  5 comments
A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
NI System-on-Module Comes Ready to Go
Product News 
12/31/2014  Post a comment
National Instruments has developed a system-on-module for quick integration and low customization.
Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
Features 
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.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Blog 
12/15/2014  18 comments
Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.
NASA Installs Giant Composite Research Robot
Engineering Materials 
12/15/2014  8 comments
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
Video: ESA Plans 3D-Printed Moon Base
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2014  8 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
3D Printing Space-Worthy Satellite Parts
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2014  1 comment
Two teams, one based in the US and one in Europe, have 3D printed space-worthy support structures for satellite antenna arrays. These aren't prototypes: they're fully functioning antenna supports that will operate while exposed to the harsh temperatures and radiation of outer space.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
News 
12/8/2014  3 comments
While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Orion Takes One Small Step Toward Mars
News 
12/5/2014  19 comments
This morning’s liftoff of NASA’s Orion is the first step in what is expected to be a long and fabled history for the spacecraft. The deep-space craft, launched into orbit on a Delta IV rocket at 7:05 a.m. today, could put astronauts back on the moon in 2020 and take them to Mars by 2030.
Sci-Fi Writers Schooled in Science
Blog 
12/5/2014  6 comments
Most science-fiction writers come to their subject well-schooled in the liberal arts, not science. Phillip K. Dick studied philosophy. Roger Zelazny picked up an MA from Columbia in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. A surprisingly small handful started out as professionals in technology. Here’s a look at the few classic science-fiction writers who were actually trained in science, be it physics, math, or engineering.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
Blog 
12/1/2014  22 comments
Here’s a look at some of the notable engineers who contributed significantly to engineering advancements during the first half of the 20th Century, a period often called the golden era of engineering. Some well-known engineering figures such as Edison, Tesla, and the Wright Brothers are on the list, but we have also included a few lesser-known but still significant engineers.
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
Blog 
11/25/2014  37 comments
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.
HP's 3D Printing Plans Still Seem a Little Out of Reach
Engineering Materials 
11/24/2014  5 comments
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
Team Sigma's Steady-Cam Quadcopter
DNTV 
11/21/2014  2 comments
This video was the culmination of a 10-week project assigned to small groups of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly Pomona to complete their Advanced Machine Design class.
What Reality Will You Make?
STEM Connection 
11/21/2014  8 comments
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
Engineering Disasters: Cracked Fitting Brings Down DC-10
Electronics News 
11/19/2014  42 comments
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
Hilarious Engineer Talks Cardinal Grameters
Blog 
11/19/2014  9 comments
Check out this jet engine technology explained in engineering gobbledegook.
11 Robots Take Flight
Blog 
11/17/2014  9 comments
Flying robot hardware is still important, but what's getting as interesting now is some of the new uses, such as equipping them with medical equipment for aiding first responders, monitoring and recording biometric health data about athletes, and commercial aircraft inspection.
Update: 4D Printing Self-Assembling Shapes In Carbon Composites, Wood
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2014  10 comments
Skylar Tibbits' team in MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is now 4D printing self-assembling shapes made of programmable carbon composites and custom wood grain. The composites are being used in a sport car airfoil, and the wood grain is beautiful.
Class Aims to Explain Analog Design Issues
Electronics News 
11/11/2014  2 comments
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  49 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
3D Printing Super-Hard Metal Matrix Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2014  6 comments
The NanoSteel Company has produced high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite (MMC) parts using a new nanosteel powder in a one-step 3D-printing process. Parts are 99.9% dense, crack-free, and with wear resistance comparable to M2 tool steels.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angeles’ complex highway system.
Why You Need to Take a Break
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
Festo Builds a Better Dragonfly
Electronics News 
11/6/2014  6 comments
Combining nine electric motors with sensors, a microcontroller, and a lightweight carbon-fiber frame, engineers from Festo Corp. have created a mechanical dragonfly that can master more flight maneuvers than an airplane, helicopter, or glider.
Students: NASA Wants You to Design its Next Space Tool
STEM Connection 
11/5/2014  1 comment
The winner of NASA's Design a Space Tool Challenge will watch the winning tool being printed on the 3D printer launched to the International Space Station in September. Students in grades K through 12 have until December 15 to submit entries.
Engineering Job Prospects 10 Years Out
Blog 
11/4/2014  19 comments
Job prospects for US engineers in the coming decade is a mixed bag, with some disciplines seeing a 27% growth rate (biomedical engineering), while others are flatlining (materials engineering).
HP Finally Reveals 3D Printing Plans
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2014  8 comments
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
Terrible User Interface Design is Endangering Our Credit Card Data
Electronics News 
10/30/2014  22 comments
The data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and elsewhere have inadvertently highlighted a separate and unexpected problem: bad user interface design.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
Blog 
10/28/2014  76 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
10 Talented Robot Arms & Hands
Engineering Materials 
10/27/2014  14 comments
We've found an amazing variety of robot hands & arms in medicine, space, and service robots, as well as R&D and assembly. Some are based on industrial designs modified for speed or dexterity, while others more closely emulate human movements, as well as human size and shape.
Europe’s Great Forest Drone Race
Blog 
10/27/2014  8 comments
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s two drones racing each other through a forest, and it is, for lack of a better word, AWESOME. Not seeing the forest for the trees can be a bad thing in life, but for drones, it turns out to be a decidedly good thing.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
Features 
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.
How to Design Better User Interfaces
Electronics News 
10/24/2014  3 comments
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Plastics Can Do Almost Any Job -- Even Yours
Engineering Materials 
10/22/2014  6 comments
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  22 comments
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
12 Robots That Play Sports
Blog 
10/20/2014  26 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.
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!
MSC Software Spiffs Up Its CAE
Blog 
10/16/2014  2 comments
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  25 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.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
Features 
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?
Understanding the Hardness of Metals
Blog 
10/13/2014  8 comments
When designing metal parts, it's important to specify their hardness. However, many engineers have only a shaky understanding of what hardness actually is, or how it's measured. This article helps clear up that confusion.
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.
China's Emerging 3D Printing Market Will Grow 4X
Engineering Materials 
10/10/2014  12 comments
Some in the US have welcomed 3D printing for boosting local economies and bringing some offshored manufacturing back onshore. Meanwhile, China is wielding its power of numbers, and its very different relationships between government, education, and industry, to kickstart a homegrown industry.
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 
10/8/2014  31 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.
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