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The History of 3D Printing

September 16, 2014 | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

What’s 30 years old but looks brand new? Believe it or not, it’s 3D printing. Yep, additive manufacturing technology has been around since the Reagan era. Here’s a brief tour through the history of 3D printing ...     

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Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

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Airbus Helicopters Enhances Hydraulic Design Simulation

September 15, 2014 10:39 am | by Siemens | Comments

In 1993, NHIndustries, mainly owned by the Eurocopter group (now Airbus Helicopters), started to design the NH90, a medium-sized military helicopter. Thirteen years later, it entered service. The pace of technological change has increased so ...

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The New Backup Imperative for Manufacturers in the Digital Era

September 12, 2014 9:47 am | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements ...  

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Understanding Unexplainable Bonds

September 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

Almost all products that define our modern lives are bonded in some way, whether it’s a smartphone, a car, or an airplane. These examples demonstrate the versatility of adhesive technology. Yet, many bonding theories have not ...   

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The World's Largest Board Game

September 9, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

As a kid, Mark Perez played the board game Mousetrap until he lost all the parts. He would then buy a new one, and start over. Now, he has reproduced his favorite childhood game at an extreme scale with the world’s largest Mousetrap ...

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One-Stop Precision Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 9:23 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford ...

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The Role of Small Part Innovation

September 8, 2014 10:21 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Director for NORGLIDE Bearings & RENCOL Tolerance Rings, Saint-Gobain | Comments

Research & Development is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces. Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to ... 

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Stand-Off Scanning & Pointing with Risley Prisms

September 3, 2014 2:47 pm | by Craig Schwarze, OPTRA, Inc. | Comments

With the ever increasing threat of improvised explosive devices, both in the military arena and the civilian realm, there is a growing demand for technologies with the ability to detect explosives and their precursors from a safe stand-off ...

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Implications of 4K Displays on Touch Sensing

September 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Dr. Andrew Morrison, Technical Director, Zytronic | Comments

The advent of 4K represents the latest stage in the ongoing progression of modern display technology. Over the last 18 months displays based on this ultra-high definition video format have been introduced by a number of manufacturers ...

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Keeping with the Trends in the Bicycle Industry

August 28, 2014 11:30 am | by Paul Humphreys, Global Market Manager, Bicycle, NORGLIDE Bearings, Saint-Gobain | Comments

As the demand for mid-priced bicycles increases, manufacturers face the challenge to provide cyclists with bicycles that meet expectations while remaining cost effective. In an effort to reduce manufacturing costs, they are considering ...

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Bespoke as Standard: Understanding User Expectations in Industrial Applications

August 26, 2014 5:14 pm | by Ben Savage, PanelPilot Manager, Lascar Electronics | Comments

It is not exactly a regular occurrence for the electronic products and systems used in industrial applications to be talked about in the same terms as a consumer device. However, increasingly users of industrial products are demanding the ...

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Project Development & the Learning Organization

August 25, 2014 4:11 pm | by Shawn P. Quigley, Jon M. Quigley | Comments

Very few people have not heard the term “Learning Organization”. However, do we know what it has to offer project design and development? I would like to start with the definition of Organizational Learning from the Business Dictionary ...

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Marine Firm Enhances Safety, Reliability of Its Products Using PLM Software Solutions

August 25, 2014 10:36 am | by Siemens | Siemens Plm Software | Comments

In 2011, the first bulk cargo carrier measuring 260 meters in length and 43 meters in width docked at the PaxOcean shipyard in Zhoushan, marking the opening of operations at that location. Since then, the company has received orders to ...

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The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Andrew Dugenske & Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or  ...

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New Kit Enables Simple Home Automation

August 21, 2014 3:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Csr | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has significantly changed human interaction and connectivity over the past decade, and these connections are predicted to drastically increase. According to researchers, there will be roughly ...    

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