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What's Next for Smart Factories?

March 3, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Companies must learn to adapt to a changing IoT and a grassroots community of makers when making plans for the industries of the future, said National Instruments’ Trend Watch 2015. The report outlined changes expected to hit the ...  

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The Future of 3D Printed Cars

February 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and ...

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Sci-Fi 3D Models Among 3 Design Challenges

February 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

What do you think of when you imagine a utopian or dystopian future? Are there unique buildings, scary creatures, or space travel? For this challenge, CGTrader wants you to embrace your inner sci-fi nerd and design 3D models of anything ...

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 25, 2015 4:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society ...  

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ViVa Actuators Operate Valves of Camless Engine

February 25, 2015 10:12 am | by David Bowes, P.Eng. | Comments

The Viking AT ViVa actuators are piezo electric devices designed as a solenoid replacement.  Back in October 2014 I successfully demonstrated a 3mm ViVa actuator operating the intake valve of my 12cc EVIC Mk2 engine. The next step was ...

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Selecting the Magazine Handler, a Critical Production Choice

February 24, 2015 9:18 am | by Martek Automation | Comments

Sometimes making a decision about what may be considered “ancillary” production equipment can make an enormous difference to the bottom line and product quality. The choice of magazine unloading and loading handlers is often such a ...  

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Former Pixar Animators-Turned-Independent Filmmakers Go to the Oscars

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Patrick Sisson, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

The Dam Keeper—the Oscar-nominated animated short debut and passion project from two former Pixar animators, Robert Kondo (set designer) and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (lighting designer)—brings back the principals’ classical training and ...

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THERMal Analysis Aids in Energy Efficiency

February 20, 2015 9:49 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

It’s a well-known fact that labs consume four times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. And while ventilation and plug loads account for much of this energy use, proper design and detailing of building envelopes can have a ...

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3D-Printing Blasts Off, Explodes Into the Future

February 17, 2015 10:13 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

In 2013, battle lines were drawn. Two stark competitors were looking to speed repairs and cut costs on parts for gas turbines. First to the drawing board was GE, who started using 3-D printing technology at its Global Research Center in ...

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Infographic: A Comparison of Open Source Forges

February 13, 2015 10:58 am | by Protecode | Comments

In this infographic, Protecode compares the attributes of open source projects held in organized, tightly governed forges, such as Apache and CodePlex, with free-for-all forges having little or no project governance, such as SourceForge or ...

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All of Your Excuses Are Invalid

February 11, 2015 3:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This year at Solidworks 2015 Bre Pettis of Makerbot gave a Keynote challenging innovation, collaboration, and all the dudes in the room ...                  

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Lowering Design Barriers in a New Era: Solidworks World 2015

February 9, 2015 2:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The Parrot quadcopter hums above the center stage as Bertrand Sicot opens the general session addressing the state of Solidworks. This year at Solidworks World 2015 there are 5,500 attendees, and for the first time the general session ...

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Pump Manufacturer Optimizes Design, Cuts Development Time

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Siemens | Comments

From domestic washing, cooking and heating to infection prevention and crop care, pump technology supports all areas of daily life. Whale is a specialist in this field, and the company’s reputation for innovation is built on decades of ...

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Measurement Data Acquisition Used to Develop Washing Detergent

February 5, 2015 9:07 am | by CAS DataLoggers | Comments

In 1907 German manufacturer Henkel developed Persil, the first automatic washing powder, which made clothes washing much easier. Clothes washing went on to become even simpler and environmentally friendlier ...      

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Valentine's Day Gifts Among 3 Design Challenges

February 3, 2015 1:39 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and CG Trader wants you to design a creative Valentine’s Day gift. Forget about chocolates and silly postcards, and get to work designing 3D models of jewelry, art, gadgets, or anything else you think ...  

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LED Lighting to Boom in 2015 & Beyond

February 3, 2015 9:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Worldwide sales of LED lights are expected to skyrocket in the next five years, according to a study by reports.com. The light-emitting-diode-based lighting market, which totaled less than $5 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $25.7 billion in ...

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