The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 5/28/2015 1 comment 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.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
Engineering Materials 5/11/2015 3 comments Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 5/6/2015 7 comments This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 5/1/2015 2 comments Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 4/30/2015 5 comments Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Poison Frog Skin Inspires Coating for De-Icing Planes
Blog 4/29/2015 Post a comment Arizona State University recently opened an entire cross-discipline research center devoted to biomimicry. So it’s no surprise an ASU mechanical and research engineer there recently used this design method to come up with new coating for de-icing planes that can conserve the amount of antifreeze currently used by airports.
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
Engineering Materials 4/27/2015 Post a comment United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 4/23/2015 Post a comment Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
Engineering Materials 4/22/2015 Post a comment BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
8 New Materials & Designs for Lightweighting Planes, Trucks, Cars
Engineering Materials 4/20/2015 2 comments A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
11 Not-to-Miss Composites, Software, and Processes from JEC Europe
Engineering Materials 4/16/2015 Post a comment At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
What’s the Future of the World’s Costliest Fighter Jet?
Blog 4/14/2015 12 comments The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced military aircraft developed by the US. It is also the most expensive in history, with a lifecycle cost of $1 trillion. With the fighter jet inching toward initial operating capability in 2017, we asked Bill Sweetman, an editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology, to discuss its engineering advances but also setbacks.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
Blog 4/9/2015 7 comments When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
Electronics News 4/9/2015 20 comments Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 4/3/2015 Post a comment Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 4/2/2015 4 comments Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 4/2/2015 Post a comment A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
3D Simulation Goes Mainstream
Blog 3/30/2015 1 comment Simulation is no longer reserved for large automotive and aerospace companies. Even small companies in the life sciences are now benefiting from simulation.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
Engineering Materials 3/27/2015 Post a comment Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 3/26/2015 3 comments Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 3/9/2015 2 comments If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 3/6/2015 1 comment With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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