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3D-Printed Telescope Takes (Nice!) Pix of the Moon
Engineering Materials 
10/21/2014  1 comment
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  8 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.
Shellfish-Inspired Glue Sticks Underwater
News 
10/17/2014  7 comments
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Engineering Disasters: Deadly Zaps from the Therac-25
Blog 
10/16/2014  30 comments
In this engineering disaster, the Therac-25 radiation machine would go haywire, sending massive, sometimes fatal, radiation overdoses to patients.
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!
London's Floating Bike Path Would Harvest Energy from Sun, Wind, Tides
Blog 
10/15/2014  14 comments
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
Features 
10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  20 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  5 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.
10 Ways to Fight Hackers
Blog 
10/10/2014  7 comments
Protecting networks against hackers requires a long list of new solutions.
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.
3D-Printed Robot Thwarts Drug Smugglers
Blog 
10/10/2014  8 comments
MIT researchers have used 3D printing to develop an underwater robot about the size of a football that can protect ports by scanning the hulls of ships for suspicious or illegal cargo.
Engineering a High-Performance Barricade for Heightened Security
Guest Blogs 
10/9/2014  3 comments
With increasing terrorist threats overseas, organizations are thinking about how best to defend themselves here and abroad. Engineering can play a role, especially when it comes to putting a barrier between yourself and the bad guys.
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 
10/8/2014  28 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.
IAPD Plastics Expo Gives Engineers Alternatives
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2014  8 comments
You can find out practically everything you need to know about engineering plastics as alternatives to other materials at the 2014 IAPD Plastics Expo. Admission is free for engineers, designers, specifiers, and OEMs, as well as students and faculty.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 
10/7/2014  7 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
The Challenge of Designing a 1- to 4-Way Signal Distributor
Sherlock Ohms 
10/6/2014  1 comment
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.
Will IBM's Solar Concentrator Be More Affordable?
Engineering Materials 
10/6/2014  14 comments
IBM's "sunflower" solar concentrator converts 80% of the sun's radiation into useful energy.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
SABIC Dishes On 3D-Printed Car Materials
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2014  2 comments
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
India's Mangalyaan Probe Reaches Mars
Blog 
9/30/2014  13 comments
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  24 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  17 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 
9/22/2014  12 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus' 3D-Printed Metal Spacecraft Hinge
Engineering Materials 
9/22/2014  10 comments
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  33 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
DARPA Hopes to Heal Soldiers' Bodies & Minds With Brain Microchip
Blog 
9/18/2014  12 comments
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS
STEM Connection 
9/16/2014  15 comments
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 
9/15/2014  16 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 
9/12/2014  9 comments
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
Video: These Robots Have X-ray Vision
Blog 
9/9/2014  10 comments
Two small, wheeled robots can "see" through a concrete wall using nothing but WiFi wireless communication. They can detect and measure everything on the other side: people and objects, their positions and geometry, whether they're moving, and what materials they're made of.
NASA Invents Multi-Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
9/3/2014  20 comments
NASA's JPL and Caltech have achieved the mind-boggling feat of 3D printing multiple metals in a single end-part, grading from one alloy to another. They've also developed a method for combining metals with carbon fiber composites in end-production parts.
Video: Autonomous Military Robots Complete Mission
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2014  3 comments
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools
Blog 
8/29/2014  49 comments
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
ASTM Proposes New Standards for Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2014  6 comments
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2014  13 comments
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
Update: Converting Plastics to Energy Could Boost US Reserves
Engineering Materials 
8/27/2014  23 comments
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
Programs & Technology Boost Manufacturing's Return
Blog 
8/26/2014  3 comments
Programs to boost domestic manufacturing combined with technological advances are bringing production back to the US.
Survey: Engineers Uncertain About CAFE Materials Choices
Engineering Materials 
8/25/2014  4 comments
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
Report: Metamaterials Will Partly Depend on Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/20/2014  8 comments
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
SpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
8/19/2014  9 comments
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
News 
8/18/2014  21 comments
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
Injection-Moldable Composite Beats Metal Specs
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2014  18 comments
A new thermoplastic composite for high-speed, high-volume injection molding has tensile strength that's close to, and sometimes better than, either lay-up composites or metals.
Lawrence Livermore & MIT 3D-Print New Super-Light, Super-Strong Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2014  9 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
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