The editors of Design News, during a live ceremony held last night at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., announced the winners of our 2012 annual Golden Mousetrap Awards.
"We saw many exceptional, cutting-edge products submitted to the program this year," said Jennifer Campbell, executive editor of Design News. "It was a challenge for us to select just one winner in each category. We congratulate the winners on their innovations and their achievement."
Congratulations to the Golden Mousetrap winners, and especially the group in Automation and Control. It's important to recognize design innovation and excellence, and the contributions that design engineers are making.
It was definitley a great night of celebration for all the winners and finalists. And the recipient of the Rising Engineering Star award, Punya Prakash, was so gracious and captivating in her acceptance speech. Congrats to all!
Congrats to the winners in every category, and thanks to Rich, Al Schmidt, Jenn, Lauren, and everyone else who made it all go smoothly. Punya Prakash completely deserved the RES award. I admit I voted for her, but to meet her in person and see her gracious and inspiring acceptance speech was an amazing experience. I think we've started something big and I'm glad to have been there.
What a great way to bring these technological accomplishments to the forefront - I really appreciate a venue that allows hardworking designers creating innovative products to showcase their efforts and there is some fantastic work here. I was thinking it would be really neat to do this at another level with high school kids. We already have science fairs and robotic competitions but wouldn't it be cool for sponsoring companies to help budding engineers actually bring their inventions to the marketplace?
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
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.
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