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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.
Epic DARPA Robotics Challenge Failures
Blog 
2/9/2016  5 comments
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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.
Taiwanese Additive Manufacturing Doesn't Want to Compromise on Toughness and Hardness
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2/8/2016  Post a comment
The Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, a government-funded research organization, is aiming to improve laser technology to raise sintered material property performance.
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.
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.
Gadget Freak Case #276: See UFOs and Explosives With a DIY Polarimetric Camera
Gadget Freak 
1/29/2016  8 comments
Ever wanted to see light beyond what's detectable by the human eye? You can with DOLPi - a homemade Raspberry Pi-based polarization camera. You can even use it to detect unseen objects like landmines, IEDs, pollutants, and maybe even UFOs.
Another Use for 3D Printing: Physically Modeling Fluid Flow Trajectory Lines
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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.
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.
GE Aviation & Partners Will Advance Tools for Designing With Titanium
Blog 
1/27/2016  1 comment
The third technology project of the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) consortium, operated by the public/private American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), will focus on advancing computer analytics to better understand and predict the performance of titanium alloys.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Metals & More Metals, Printed Circuit Boards & Enclosed Electronics
Engineering Materials 
1/25/2016  6 comments
Many of the new 3D printers and printing technologies in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build speed, new material types, density and quality of 3D-printed circuit board layers, or build volume in a hybrid printer. We also give some recent market statistics.
The Messy Desks Behind These Creative Minds
Blog 
1/22/2016  12 comments
Take a look at these messy desks from your fellow engineers.
6 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2016  Post a comment
A trend we think we're seeing is that it's not enough to come out with a bio-based plastic, a biodegradable bio-based plastic, or a sustainable plastic made of non-bio-based waste products.
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.
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.
8 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Electronics, Airplanes, & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
1/18/2016  Post a comment
Several of these recently launched adhesives are low-outgassing/low-VOC formulations, cure at room temperature, and/or offer superior thermal protection and management properties. Both fasteners are designed to install easily on thin sheets, and to speed up and simplify the assembly process.
Why Is Embedded Security So Difficult?
Blog 
1/18/2016  1 comment
By identifying and eliminating the weakest links in new products and systems, engineers can make significant gains in implementing security.
Study to Demonstrate Benefits of Exoskeleton for Spinal Cord Injuries
Blog 
1/17/2016  1 comment
Engineers are hoping that a four-year government study will demonstrate the benefits of an exoskeleton that could one day help thousands of people with spinal cord injuries.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt III: 8 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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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.
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.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
News 
1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
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.
Choosing the Right Weight-Saving Option for EMI Shielding & Thermal Management
Blog 
1/6/2016  Post a comment
As consumer, commercial, and industrial electronics continue to shrink, run faster, and have higher performance levels, EMI shielding, weight reduction, and heat dissipation will continue to challenge design engineers and OEMs across the country and around the globe and require innovative board-level shielding as well as close collaboration between design and manufacturing.
Aerospace Fastener Designs Get Smarter and Tougher
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
Mixing composites and metals in aerospace structures, as well as the general demand for lighter-weight commercial planes, pose challenges for all types of fasteners used in aircraft and spacecraft.
How Printed Electronics Continues to Reshape the Electronics Industry
Blog 
1/5/2016  1 comment
Conductive inks have paved the way for printed electronics, yielding membrane switches and touch screen, and now 3D-printed electronics is emerging as the future of electromechanical design.
HP Reveals More About 3D Printing Tech and First Product Timing
Engineering Materials 
1/4/2016  Post a comment
HP Inc. was at the Autodesk University 2015 conference in Las Vegas in December, talking up its latest 2D printers, and giving out more information about its Multi Jet Fusion 3D-printing technology and product launch.
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.
3D Printing in Space: Telescope Mirrors, Mars Spacesuits & Space Structures
Engineering Materials 
12/30/2015  3 comments
New telescope mirror designs from NASA for space-based instruments can take almost any shape, and will soon be manufactured using 3D printing. So will NASA's next Mars spacesuit design, along with space structures it's developing with Made In Space.
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.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt II: 7 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
Blog 
12/15/2015  Post a comment
In this second preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of linear motion, CAE, and mechanical fastening, among others.
8 New 3D Printing Technologies From Formnext & the AM Factory of Tomorrow
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2015  Post a comment
Engineers and others interested in prototyping and end-production using 3D printing and additive manufacturing recently attended the Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. It was all about metals, better process control, and the factory of tomorrow.
Everybody's Designing Their Own Aerospace & Military Materials
Features 
12/3/2015  1 comment
The need for higher-performing aerospace and defense materials is getting so critical to design success that OEMs, government agencies, and the armed forces are pursuing R&D programs.
Design Engineering Tools
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12/3/2015  3 comments
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