With the unrelenting time-to-market pressures facing design engineers nowadays, you don't want to spend much of your product development cycle waiting around for physical prototypes and initial production parts. Rather than weeks or months, you're thinking in terms of hours or days. That's why rapid prototyping and manufacturing comes up again and again when we ask Design News readers about the technologies they care about the most. In this new blog, we'll cover a range of prototyping hardware and strategies you can use to get parts in a hurry. Check back regularly for posts on rapid prototyping machines, high-speed machining, rapid tooling and the emerging field of rapid manufacturing. And if there's something you would like to see covered, drop me an email at email@example.com.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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