Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards
recognize engineering innovation and creativity in product design. This
year awards were given in five major categories: electronics, materials,
motion control/automation, rapid prototyping and design tools, as well
as several subcategories. The record number of entries we received was
distributed to our beat editors for judging based on their expertise in
each technology. Give yourselves a pat on the back winners, you deserve
it! And click here to read about this year's finalists.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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