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Congress Extends Federal Solar Tax Credit
Blog 
2/12/2016  2 comments
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
The Secret to My Success As An Engineer
Blog 
2/11/2016  7 comments
Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to recognize those folks around us who have had a hand in our success.
Autodesk Adds Thermal Functionalities to Simulation Workspace in Fusion 360
Blog 
2/11/2016  Post a comment
The designer can now analyze temperature distribution in a design, tracking input and output of heat loads, and also turn it into a thermal stress study.
2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
Blog 
2/10/2016  Post a comment
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
News 
2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
This Report Shows How to Tap Into Nature's Principles for Design
Blog 
2/9/2016  2 comments
This consulting firm has put together a report detailing the growing biomimicry design field in the US and around the world, from naturally bacteria-repelling surfaces to keratin-inspired polymers.
12 Best Engineering and Information Tech Jobs
Blog 
2/8/2016  3 comments
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
5 Pre-, Post-, and On-Site Activities that Will Boost Your Presence at the Next Industrial Trade Show
Blog 
2/7/2016  Post a comment
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
Blog 
2/6/2016  10 comments
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
Report: Solar-Energy Storage Market to Grow to $8 Billion by 2026
Blog 
2/4/2016  1 comment
A recent report from Lux Research is predicting the market for energy storage for solar-energy systems to grow to $8 billion by 2026.
Demystifying Data Logging -- and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits
Blog 
2/3/2016  8 comments
Data logging, a critical part of test engineering, is often treated as an afterthought, but giving it the following considerations can net big payoffs.
The Argument Against Model-Based Definition
Blog 
2/2/2016  7 comments
2D drawings actually work quite well, and people resist change, despite efforts including those by the world's leading companies to go to model-centric approaches to manufacturing.
Are You Ready and Prepared for IT/OT Talent Migration?
Blog 
2/1/2016  1 comment
We often discuss the equipment and software migrations as part of the move to a smart manufacturing or industrial operations model, but what about talent migration? It's time to stop ignoring this issue.
Ansys 17.0 CAE Focuses on Expediting Virtual Simulation and Productivity
Blog 
2/1/2016  Post a comment
Ansys Inc., the developer of engineering simulation software, have just commercialized Ansys 17.0, calling it “the most feature-rich release in the company’s 45-year history” and claiming that the new release offers “10x improvements to product development productivity, insight, and performance.”
What Star Trek Can Teach Us as Engineers
Blog 
1/30/2016  26 comments
Star Trek brought us many pioneering ideas that designers have acted upon, and we can glean a few engineering bits of wisdom from this iconic show.
Another Use for 3D Printing: Physically Modeling Fluid Flow Trajectory Lines
Blog 
1/29/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is a new way to get a physical example of flow simulation results to vividly observe pressure, temperature, and velocity parameters.
Seashells Hold Clues to Stronger Materials
Blog 
1/29/2016  Post a comment
The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has identified a key process in the formation of calcium carbonate that could lead to the development of stronger materials for renewable energy research.
How to Find and Retain Engineering Talent
Blog 
1/28/2016  17 comments
There is a shortage of engineers and designers. That's nothing new, but companies can tap into a talent pipeline using these steps.
See How Electric Vehicle Sales Stalled in 2015
Automotive News 
1/27/2016  32 comments
Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US fell by about 5% in 2015, despite a record-setting year for the rest of industry.
The Messy Desks Behind These Creative Minds
Blog 
1/22/2016  12 comments
Take a look at these messy desks from your fellow engineers.
Best of Both Worlds: Home Solar Giving Electric Vehicle Owners Cleaner Charging
Blog 
1/22/2016  7 comments
Besides the environmental benefits of driving a solar-charged EV, homeowners are also attracted to the financial savings.
The Most Popular Slideshows of 2015
Blog 
1/21/2016  2 comments
Crazy gadgets, salaries, hoaxes, and scary true stories made up Design News readers' favorite slideshows of the year.
VW Dieselgate Puts Auto Emission Control Systems in the Crosshairs
Blog 
1/21/2016  18 comments
Clean diesel took a punch in the gut last September when regulators said Volkswagen Group was manipulating the pollution control devices in its diesel passenger cars to fool emissions tests.
Metallic Bonding Glue May Bring Extinction to Soldering and Welding
Blog 
1/21/2016  6 comments
Scientists from two US universities have created a gallium/indium nanoglue that sinters at room temperature to produce a bond as strong as a weld.
How Online Quoting Has Transformed Plastic Injection Molding Sourcing
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1/21/2016  Post a comment
Technology has given buyers all sorts of online tools that increase their efficiency in finding suppliers, securely submitting RFQs, and receiving quotes online.
America's 25 Most Famous Engineers
Blog 
1/20/2016  9 comments
A handful of engineers have become famous as CEOs, astronauts, criminals, media figures, football players, baseball managers, military leaders, and even US presidents.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
Blog 
1/19/2016  8 comments
Most engineers have an interesting story to tell when asked why they decided to pursue an engineering career. Tell us yours!
These Engineering Salaries Will Surprise You
Blog 
1/18/2016  7 comments
Surprising entries are topping the list of engineering schools that are producing the highest mid-career salaries.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt III: 8 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
Blog 
1/16/2016  Post a comment
In this third and final preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of industrial automation, rapid manufacturing, and printed electronics.
Top 2016 Challenge
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1/14/2016  1 comment
6 STEM Family Films That Entertain and Inspire
Blog 
1/14/2016  31 comments
Looking for a family movie night that will entertain and inspire about science, technology, engineering, and math? Here are our top 6 favorite STEM films for the whole family.
How to Get Your Plastic Part Design Made Properly – as Told by an Injection Molder
Blog 
1/14/2016  1 comment
Here are tips from molder CY Plastics on how to best leverage the skills and expertise of your molding partner to produce a well-engineered and manufacturable plastic component.
5 Nations Get Together on Industrial Design Intellectual Rights
Blog 
1/13/2016  1 comment
In early December, the US Patent and Trademark Office hosted the first Industrial Design 5 Forum, featuring representatives from the five largest design offices in the world, to create international synergy on protecting ID IP.
5 Cool Green Technologies at CES 2016
Blog 
1/12/2016  5 comments
CES 2016, the annual technology confab, featured some interesting new offerings on the green technology scene.
Capacitor Maker’s Solution to Eliminate a Conflict Mineral from Its Supply Chain
Blog 
1/8/2016  1 comment
Few companies have a bigger stake in sourcing conflict-free tantalum than electronic component maker KEMET, so it went to establish an entirely closed-loop supply chain with trusted partners.
Electromagnetic Field Simulator Expands SolidWorks’ Engineering Tools
Blog 
1/8/2016  Post a comment
Infolytica Corp. recently announced an add-in of its MagNet electromagnetic field simulator for Dassault Systemes' SolidWorks, giving new electrical design tools embedded within the 3D CAD platform.
This Firm Has Figured Out Reliable Energy Storage in the Frigid Arctic
Blog 
1/7/2016  4 comments
Roughly the size of Illinois, Kotzebue is in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough, where the annual average temperature is 22F. Saft braved the cold and figured out an energy storage solution for the area.
5 Technologies to Watch in 2016
Blog 
1/6/2016  6 comments
Keep an eye on these five technologies for major growth and impact on the engineering space in 2016.
5 Technologies that Made the Big Time in 2015
Blog 
1/5/2016  5 comments
With 2015 in the rearview, it’s time to take a look back at some of the top technologies that made a major impact on engineering and design.
Dassault: We're Transforming SolidWorks from CAD to Platform for Innovation
Blog 
1/4/2016  1 comment
The chief product strategist for SolidWorks says CAD users are no longer satisfied with mere CAD and want a software platform that allows them to innovate.
Fluid Power Helps Simulation Table Push Performance Boundaries
Blog 
1/4/2016  Post a comment
A shock and vibration testing system with six degrees of freedom relies on improved mechanical design and higher hydraulic efficiency to achieve high-frequency performance.
FEA for Optimizing Seal Design and Engineering Performance
Blog 
12/31/2015  Post a comment
FEA can be used to test an ever-expanding range of materials in new ways by using innovative models. Improvements in the virtual testing process continually come about, resulting in more accurate modeling and confidence on the part of the customer.
Renewable Energy's Secret Weapon
Electronics News 
12/29/2015  51 comments
Sprawling battery farms will be a key to the success of wind and solar power.
For Fuel Cell Vehicles to be Successful, Cost-Cutting Will Be Critical
Automotive News 
12/28/2015  13 comments
Infrastructure is usually cited as the hurdle facing the new fuel cell vehicles, but the truth is, cost will be an imposing problem, too.
Green Scene: Carbon Dioxide Monitoring at the City Level
Blog 
12/28/2015  4 comments
The system utilizes lasers, reflectors, and detectors at towers and high-rise buildings above a city, and software performs tomographic reconstruction of spatial CO2 concentrations.
What Finite Element Analysis Means to the Average Joe Engineer
Blog 
12/26/2015  1 comment
Whether you call it simulation, finite element analysis, design verification, or many other names, today most design engineers have simulation tools at their fingertips, often in their CAD program of choice.
Green Scene: Autodesk Elevates Its Sustainability Reporting
Blog 
12/21/2015  Post a comment
The software maker's sustainability report highlights everything from the its 27% reduction in internal carbon emissions en route to a 100% renewable energy commitment, to the sustainability solutions it has embedded within its software.
The Technology of 'Star Wars': 10 Real-Life Examples
Blog 
12/17/2015  4 comments
With the release of The Force Awakens we take a look at 10 real-life breakthrough technologies straight out of the Star Wars universe.
Design Engineering Tools
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12/3/2015  3 comments
Top 25 Most Expensive Engineering Degrees
Blog 
12/2/2015  17 comments
Today, many of the great private engineering schools exceed $50,000 a year in total costs. Here's a list of the 25 most expensive.
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