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Slideshow: 3D Printing Metals in Space
Engineering Materials 
1/7/2014  23 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun a program for designing a large-scale 3D printer that will work in space to make high-performance metal components and even entire satellites.
Slideshow: Meet the 2014 Rising Engineering Star
Blog 
1/3/2014  12 comments
Justine Haupt, a design engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named the top innovator in this year's Rising Engineering Stars contest.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Shifts to End-Production Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/31/2013  14 comments
EOS is taking steps to establish additive manufacturing as an efficient process in industrial production. The shift comes as interest grows in several vertical industries to integrate AM technologies and processes into existing manufacturing flows.
Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants
Blog 
12/20/2013  18 comments
Siemens has developed software that allows Ford to view its plants in 3D software.
Slideshow: Engineering the NFL
Electronic News & Comment 
12/19/2013  40 comments
This holiday season, when you kick your feet up to watch football, remember this: There are engineers out there. Not just on college teams, but in the pros, as well.
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
Blog 
12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
Blog 
12/18/2013  33 comments
NASA's technology developments point to a hot desire to get back into human-based space travel.
Slideshow: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2013  2 comments
Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 
12/13/2013  3 comments
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
NASA Readies Robonaut for Planetary Environments
Blog 
12/12/2013  12 comments
NASA's Robonauts are being developed for inter-planetary travel, and to take over for astronauts when the work becomes too dirty or dangerous.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
NASA Test Launches Planetary Vehicle
Blog 
12/10/2013  13 comments
NASA is developing Project Morpheus, a vehicle that can lift off and set itself down on planetary surfaces.
Amazon 'Octocopters' Face Technical Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
12/3/2013  53 comments
Amazon.com's proposed drone-based package delivery scheme is achievable, but it could face significant technical hurdles before reaching the marketplace.
Space Engineers: out of This World Learning Game
Blog 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Czech Republic-based Keen Software House recently released a game with a new twist on game play and learning. The game is Space Engineers. People play as engineers in space, as the title implies.
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2013  25 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2013  13 comments
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
News 
11/19/2013  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Slideshow: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
11/15/2013  15 comments
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen
Electronic News & Comment 
11/14/2013  49 comments
From James Stewart and Jack Lemmon to Ed Harris and Leonardo Dicaprio, we take a look at some of the most notable movie engineers.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
Guest Blogs 
11/13/2013  1 comment
Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
All I Really Need to Know About Engineering, I Learned From Star Trek
Guest Blogs 
11/6/2013  32 comments
Since its premiere in 1966, the television program Star Trek has inspired multiple generations of young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
News 
10/31/2013  4 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  34 comments
You donít have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Engineers Reinvent Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2013  15 comments
Engineers are reinventing 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). The latest idea, from father/son-startup Vader Systems, uses liquid metal jet printing (LMJP) to make solid metal, full-production parts.
Slideshow: Optimizing the Design of Cars & Planes
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2013  15 comments
Sophisticated optimization software turns out to be a secret weapon behind aerospace and automotive companies' ability to successfully incorporate new materials like carbon composites into their designs. It's also behind several other innovations in aerospace and automotive design.
Freescale's ARM-Based Processor Is for Industrial Control, Networking
Product News 
10/24/2013  3 comments
Developers of industrial robots and automation systems will soon have a family of processors from Freescale Semiconductor that combine the functionality of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers in a single chip.
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
News 
10/21/2013  19 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
Growing Need for Optimization, Simulation in Design Process
Blog 
10/17/2013  25 comments
The growing need for simulation and optimization in product design was a major theme at Altair's 2013 Americas Technology Conference. Optimization can improve the product concept and lead to new product designs, as well as improve design and manufacturing processes.
Aerodynamics Simulation Gets Faster in Virtual Wind Tunnel
Blog 
10/9/2013  11 comments
At the 2013 Americas Altair Technology Conference, Altair introduced Virtual Wind Tunnel, an application that speeds wind tunnel simulation and makes it more accurate for evaluating a vehicle's external aerodynamics.
Littelfuse Intrinsically Safe Fuses
Blog 
10/7/2013  2 comments
The deadline to enter Littelfuse's Speed2Design contest is fast approaching. Enter today for a chance to win a trip to NASA Johnson Space Center.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Multiple Materials, Colors & Textures Gets Closer
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2013  21 comments
The ability to 3D-print multiple materials, colors, and textures in the same piece is getting closer with some major breakthroughs in hardware and software.
Donít Like the Problem? Donít Believe It
Sherlock Ohms 
10/1/2013  33 comments
If you bring your problem to the boss and he doesn't believe you, start looking for a new job.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Video: 'Terminator' Polymer Has Potential for Device Design
Blog 
9/20/2013  18 comments
Imagine dropping your mobile device and not worrying about it breaking, because you knew the phone would bounce harmlessly off the floor -- and, even if it were damaged, could repair itself.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
Guest Blogs 
9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Growth in Model-Based Design for Automation Control
Blog 
9/18/2013  2 comments
Systems are adding new sophisticated functions and tools.
Slideshow: Robots Will 3D Print & Build Space Structures
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2013  21 comments
NASA is funding technology that would use robotics and 3D printing to construct parts of very large spacecraft and other structures in space. Doing this could reduce the cost and risk of building and launching systems and allow for bigger structures.
Sneak Path Snafus Circuit Board
Sherlock Ohms 
9/13/2013  19 comments
A change to the circuit board causes unintended results.
Slideshow: JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award Winners
Blog 
9/6/2013  17 comments
The program recognizes top composites companies for innovation and industry-leading advances.
Materials Move Aerospace Additive Manufacturing From Prototypes to Finished Products
Features 
9/5/2013  1 comment
High-performance engineering thermoplastics are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts. Aerospace is one of the industries where this move is happening first.
More Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/30/2013  38 comments
We discuss more major developments in the 3D printing industry, and focus on what's happening in materials.
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2013  3 comments
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
Slideshow: Smartphone Images From Space
Electronic News & Comment 
8/28/2013  17 comments
Some of NASA's most recent images from space come, not from a multimillion-dollar satellite, but from a $3,500 steel box equipped with a smartphone.
Video: Simulating the Universe With NASA's Supercomputers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/26/2013  35 comments
Here's a look at the launch of NASA's "heavy lift" vehicle, and the birth of the universe on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2013  7 comments
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel
Electronic News & Comment 
8/23/2013  29 comments
When NASA Ames runs its massive wind tunnels, the surrounding area knows it. Local aircraft are warned of potential updrafts. Electric utilities brace for sudden power draws. And nearby residents are said to hear its 300-knot airflows from miles away.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2013  23 comments
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
Electronic News & Comment 
8/21/2013  25 comments
Thanks to the sponsorship of Littelfuse Inc., Design News was able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the work being done at NASA Ames Research Center.
Earth Station Stopped by Lightning
Sherlock Ohms 
8/21/2013  15 comments
A lightning strike took out the Earth Station in Africa. Fixing it took brainpower and ingenuity.
Are Your Electronics Protected Against Lightning Strikes?
Electronic News & Comment 
8/20/2013  17 comments
Too often, design engineers donít want to hear about lightning. Never mind that its transient voltages can fry circuit boards, crash servers, and jeopardize data. Lightning discussions are a pain.
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