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10 Cyber Attacks That Wreaked Havoc
Blog 
5/14/2014  24 comments
Most of the significant cyber attacks -- think Stuxnet -- have occurred in just the past eight years. Here are the highlights of attacks that have disrupted business, nabbed IP, or forced plants to go haywire.
Congress Is Working on an Energy Bill… Again
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2014  6 comments
Congress is once again working on the bi-partisan Shaheen-Portman bill that will bring forth many energy efficiency measures to add as many as 190,000 jobs and save as much as 12 quads of energy by 2030.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
Aerospace-Grade Composites Will Repair Themselves
Engineering Materials 
5/12/2014  35 comments
Wouldn't it be cool if fiber-reinforced composites could repair themselves? Engineers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology think they've found a way to do it.
Shrimp Club Inspires Stronger Aerospace Composite
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2014  6 comments
The carbon-fiber-reinforced composite is both stronger and resists impact better than similar materials typically used in aircraft.
Slideshow: Robotic Renovation at International Space Station
Blog 
5/6/2014  22 comments
Last month, NASA launched the rocket carrying the SpaceX-3 Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Robots aided in its berthing on the ISS, and satellite-launching robots will be sent up later this year.
RoboClam Digs Deep to Monitor Ocean Floor
Engineering Materials 
5/5/2014  6 comments
A robotic razor clam -- actually a digging robot -- burrows into sand with high efficiency.
3D-Printed Bioplastics Coming Soon
Engineering Materials 
4/25/2014  27 comments
Bioplastics formulator and manufacturer Sierra Resins and distributor 3D Printlife are working together to introduce a new biofilament for 3D printers.
QNX Tech Powers VisLab's Autonomous Car
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/23/2014  8 comments
VisLab joins the autonomous car effort with the DEEVA prototype.
Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2014  8 comments
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Materials Options
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2014  6 comments
Stratasys is buying assets of a key player in materials testing and R&D for its FDM filament printers, and there's a new polypropylene material for the PolyJet series of 3D printers.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
Blog 
4/21/2014  18 comments
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  34 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.
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.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
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.
Embedded Computer Offers Faster Performance, Less Heat
Product News 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Engineers searching for a smaller embedded computer that combines high performance with extended temperature operation may now have a solution.
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.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
Blog 
4/8/2014  22 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
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.
Slideshow: It’s a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
Guest Blogs 
3/24/2014  5 comments
Cyber-attacks and security have become a regular topic in the media because criminal hackers pose a perpetual threat to any company’s secure data. They present a larger dilemma in that hackers persistently develop new methods to steal sensitive data by looking for any vulnerable spots in a system.
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: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2014  16 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.
Slideshow: Helicopter Drones Are Everywhere
Blog 
3/11/2014  33 comments
Drone helicopters are getting used widely these days, from military deployment, to police crime scenes photography, to search and rescue.
Gadget Freak Review: Boeing's Self-Destructing Smartphone & Light Tracker to Improve Health
Gadget Freak 
3/7/2014  16 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at Boeing's trusted smartphone device and a solar-powered light tracker designed to help improve your health.
Building a Drone Whirly Bird: Copter Mechanics
Blog 
3/5/2014  10 comments
The mechanical design of a helicopter drone involves attention to weight, strength, and vibration.
Military Mechatronics Stores a Lethal Punch
Features 
3/5/2014  4 comments
A new weapon storage management system converts helicopters and single-engine aircraft for surveillance and precision strike missions.
Plastic Bearings Are Real & igus Is Proving It on a World Tour
Engineering Materials 
3/3/2014  15 comments
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Border-Patrolling Bots Combat Drug Smugglers
Blog 
3/3/2014  9 comments
Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
News 
2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Guardbot Rolls Into Position
Features 
2/27/2014  9 comments
An unmanned vehicle, the Guardbot is able to travel over most terrains, including snow, sand, mud, and water, for a wide variety of applications with special security needs.
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?
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
2/25/2014  49 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
3D Printing Approaches End Production With Single, Multi-Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/25/2014  8 comments
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 
2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
Revelations From the Manufacturing Show Floor
Blog 
2/24/2014  13 comments
Vendors on the floor of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show reveal their opportunities and challenges.
3D Printing Using Powder Metals: Choose the Right Process for the Right Application
Features 
2/19/2014  3 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in new product development, low volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
Gadget Freak Review: Simple Tool Seals Wounds, Construction Set for Straws, Electronic Wall Outlet Safe
Gadget Freak 
2/7/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a simple device for sealing gunshot wounds, an open-source construction set that uses straws and cardboard to build shapes and objects, and a hidden electronic safe built into a wall.
Slideshow: Recycled Composites, Plastics Go Commercial
Engineering Materials 
2/7/2014  20 comments
Some plastics, like water bottle materials, are a lot easier to recycle than others, but progress is being made in materials availability. It's often spurred by the demands of big manufacturers.
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.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
Blog 
2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Added to Golden Mousetrap Awards
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2014  20 comments
The products and services in the materials and assembly category of the Golden Mousetrap Awards keep expanding. This year, we've added a new section: 3D printing and rapid prototyping materials, tools, and services.
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
Slideshow: 25 Greatest Engineering Quotes
Electronic News & Comment 
1/29/2014  39 comments

From engineers and business executives to actors and cartoonists, we present insights on engineering from inside and outside the profession.

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