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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.
IEEEís Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 
12/4/2013  16 comments
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 
11/20/2013  5 comments
The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
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.
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.
Early Safety Consideration Speeds the Design Process
Blog 
11/12/2013  6 comments
Bringing safety into the design process early improves time to market.
Daylight Savings Foils Mouse-Less Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/8/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Hazardous Situations Require a Dependable Brake
Product News 
11/4/2013  1 comment
Safety is an important factor when deciding on the best brake for your application.
Single-Piece Aluminum Tank Hull Will Resist IEDs
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2013  7 comments
The US Army Research Lab and Alcoa Defense are developing a single-piece forged aluminum tank hull designed to protect soldiers and ground combat vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
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.
Video: Robotic Cubes Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2013  26 comments
MIT researchers have developed self-assembling, flywheel-driven modular cube robots that roll around each other and across a surface. They also appear to jump through the air.
Department of Defense Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual
Guest Blogs 
10/15/2013  10 comments
The US government shutdown forced the Department of Defense Corrosion Conference to move from Hawaii to an online-only platform.
Slideshow: Composite Bridge Deck Lightens Loads
Engineering Materials 
10/11/2013  29 comments
Washington, D.C.'s crumbling 29th Street bridge has been replaced with one that has a fiberglass-reinforced composite deck.
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.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/4/2013  23 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronic News & Comment 
9/17/2013  38 comments
If your son or daughter could go to a community college, receive a two-year degree in manufacturing technology, and earn $58,000/year inside of 18 months, would you encourage it?
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.
Black Hat Conference Highlights Hacking Demos
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/23/2013  19 comments
The Black Hat conference highlights hacking methods from the elite within the community, which can be downright frightening for those in the IT business.
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.
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.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
News 
8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
Update: NASA 3D Printer for Space Passes First Tests
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2013  7 comments
The engineering test unit for the 3D printer that Made in Space is building with NASA has passed initial microgravity, environmental, and functional tests. It's scheduled to launch next year.
US Navy Resin Will Make Composites Stronger, Flame-Resistant & Cheaper to Process
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2013  13 comments
A new high-performance, PEEK-like phthalonitrile resin developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory is resistant to high temperatures, flammability, and impacts. It can be processed using standard methods like resin infusion molding and resin transfer molding.
Slideshow: Bombardier Prepares CSeries for First Flight Test
Engineering Materials 
8/13/2013  7 comments
Bombardier's Flight Test Vehicle 1 incorporates carbon composites in some areas. The main fuselage and structure are composed primarily of aluminum-lithium, making it about 2,000 pounds lighter and reducing fuel use by about 20 percent.
DuPont Pushes for a 50%-Plus Renewable Plastics Line
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2013  13 comments
DuPont says its performance plastics line will contain more than half renewable materials within 15 years, and that all of its medium- to long-term research in engineering plastic feedstocks is based on the need to move to non-food based sources.
MIT 3D Prints Tough, Bone-Like Composite
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2013  6 comments
A team at MIT has 3D-printed bone-like composite materials on the Objet Connex500 multi-material printer. One was more than 20 times as tough as its constituent materials alone.
How to Make Intelligent Carbon-Fiber Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/7/2013  6 comments
German researchers have demonstrated the ability to embed RFID tags with ultra-thin antennas inside carbon-fiber-reinforced composite components such as aircraft wings. The technique is also being investigated for composite structural health monitoring.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronic News & Comment 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If youíre looking for a branch of engineering thatís on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2013  11 comments
Some major developments are happening in the 3D printing industry and more are on the horizon.
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
Blog 
7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
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