10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 4/17/2014 81 comments These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 4/16/2014 32 comments Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 4/16/2014 8 comments 3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
Product Design as a Team Sport
Blog 4/16/2014 15 comments Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
3D Printing High-Strength Carbon Composites Using PEEK, PAEK
Engineering Materials 4/14/2014 6 comments Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 4/10/2014 9 comments The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
Blog 4/9/2014 5 comments NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 4/2/2014 10 comments For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
Engineering Materials 4/1/2014 1 comment A report forecasts a big capacity increase for bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those that go into bioplastics. These are mostly based on first-generation feedstocks like corn and sugarcane, but second-generation cellulosic feedstocks continue to grow slowly.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 3/27/2014 9 comments This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 3/25/2014 16 comments Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 3/24/2014 3 comments In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Carbon Composite Yacht Model
Engineering Materials 3/13/2014 7 comments CRP Technology has 3D-printed a 1:14 scale model of a yacht in carbon fiber composites to demonstrate the possibilities and give a boost to boat design. The material and process are also used for under-hood motorsport applications and in aerospace.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
Features 3/4/2014 8 comments Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
Guest Blogs 3/3/2014 Post a comment Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2014 16 comments Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
The 'Servitization' of Aircraft Design
Guest Blogs 2/26/2014 7 comments Regardless of how each aircraft manufacturer ultimately measures success, they all grapple with the same basic question: What can we do to optimize our asset's availability for its intended use?
America Makes Funds Second Wave of 3D Printing Projects
Engineering Materials 2/6/2014 5 comments The former National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute awarded funds to a second wave of 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects. They involve multiple processes, metal and polymer materials, and several companies we've discussed before.
3D Print Metals For Under $2,000
Engineering Materials 1/21/2014 31 comments You can build a low-cost open-source 3D printer that makes metal parts for less than $2,000, designed by Joshua M. Pearce and his team at Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU and Sigma Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding to support commercial development.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 1/20/2014 23 comments Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 1/10/2014 23 comments The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Changes What Engineers Can Do With 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 1/9/2014 15 comments 3D Systems has introduced printers, services, and software that will change what engineers can do with 3D printing. These include a bigger and faster SLA build volume, another printer that does multiple colors in plastic, one that prints plastic multi-material objects bigger and faster, ceramic 3D printing via the cloud, and a universal print driver.
MIT students modified a 3D printer to enable it to print more than one object and print on top of existing printed objects. All of this was made possible by modifying a Solidoodle with a height measuring laser.
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
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