Design News and igus® Inc. have developed the manus plastic plain bearings design contest. The contest—named 'manus' to highlight courage and initiative in breaking new ground in bearing technology—aims to promote new and atypical ways that design engineers have made use of plastic bearings in their applications. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of up to $5,000 and announced at the National Design Engineering Show (NDES) in Chicago, held February 23-26, 2004. Applications are due January 31, 2004. For more information, go to www.designnews.com/manus.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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