Design News' 2007 Reader's Choice Awards
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In the News:
Plastic Breakthroughs Emerge for K 2007New design opportunities will be the focus of innovative plastic compounds introduced at K 2007. These include biobased materials, hybrid structures and fast-flow plastics. Full Story Outsert Molding Boosts Mechatronics Molding plastic parts, including electronics, onto a three-dimensional metal frame is a great way to reduce parts and assembly costs while improving strength and rigidity. Full Story Southco Develops Position-Control Hinges New technologies allow a creative approach to fastening and joining, one of the most important areas in product design. One hot area is precision fastening for LCD screens. Full Story Grills Move Toward Stainless Steel Backyard grilling is moving upscale as consumers opt for stainless steel over cast iron because of its higher-quality look and ease of maintenance. Also in: ceramic coating. Full Story Soft-Touch TPE Debuts for Cars Kraiberg TPE, which is expanding capacity in Georgia, has developed a new soft-touch elastomer for door cladding and arm rests. The new TPE adheres well to ABS/Polycarbonate. Full Story Flat Panel Displays Spur PMMA Expansion Booming sales of flat-panel displays are spurring expansion of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in Asia, including a 40,000 metric ton Degussa/Forhouse plant in Taichung, Taiwan. Full Story
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Engineer's Portal for High-Performance PlasticsIn partnership with Solvay
No matter what you're working on, you need a material that performs. One that makes a real difference in your design. After all, the material you specify this year will determine the success of your product next year and beyond. That's where Solvay Advanced Polymers can help. Click here to learn how. Case studies - Tent Framing SystemIn partnership with Hydro Aluminum
This case study shows how to use drawn tubing & extrusion components to form easy-to-assemble, multi-configuration military/rapid deployment tenting system. The challenge is it must be lightweight, able to be assembled by 4 people in 12 minutes, sturdy and withstand being air dropped. Read More
2007 Engineering Salary Survey - Available Now!In Partnership with Aerotek
Did your pay increase measure up to the industry average last year? Based on your level of education and years of service, what should your annual base salary be? What specific skills do engineers need to get ahead in their profession today? The Design News 2007 Engineering Salary Survey has the answers. Get it Now!
The Latest Materials/Fastening Resources Available:
Phillips Plastics Technology
Phillips Plastics has set the standard for injection molding services since 1964 with state-of-the-art technology, experienced staff, and collaborative partnerships resulting in unsurpassed quality and cost-savings. View All Resources from Phillips Plastics Technology
Complete OEM SupplierValtra Inc. | Product CatalogBuy direct from the manufacturer for the best cost savings. The catalog features a wide range of high quality, very competitively priced adjustable handles, handwheels, levers, cranks, knobs, leveling pads, tooling balls, and precision locating elements. Full line of tooling components, including eyebolts, t-bolts, and unique threaded fasteners. High volume custom orders welcome.
Tolerances: Round TubesHydro Aluminum | Design GuideThis resource includes diagrams on tubes includes diameter, wall thickness, ovality and eccentricity.
Design News' 2007
Salary Survey Did your pay increase measure up to the industry average last year? Based on your level of education and years of service, what should your annual base salary be? What specific skills do engineers need to get ahead in their profession today? The results of Design News' exclusive, annual Salary Survey, based on responses from 1,225 engineers, are here. Free Download!
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Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.