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NASA’s Flying Saucer

July 22, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

The basic Viking parachute design that was used to land vehicles on Mars in 1976 was the same design used to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012. While it has been more than 40 years since the initial mission, many of the technologies haven’t changed, until recently ...

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Changing 3D Printing, Again

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Additive manufacturing has its limits, and even the best printed parts often fall short when it comes to texture, strength, and precision — not to mention the disappointments that often precipitate from desktop 3D printers ...   


10 Tips for Designing Medical Components with Aluminum

July 21, 2014 10:13 am | by Gordon Knott, Alexandria Industries | Comments

To better control the increasing product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are turning to aluminum instead of other more costly materials to manufacture both their new and existing components ...   


Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...      


A Close Shave with American Manufacturing

July 16, 2014 10:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

Phil Masiello, the co-founder and president, has more than once found himself in a dire situation: while traveling, he realized the night before a key meeting that he had forgotten his razor at home. Knowing that he needed to ...


RocketSkates Travel 12 mph, Weigh 7 Lbs.

July 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000 ...


The Role of Smart TVs in Gaming

July 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Chad Lucien, Hillcrest Labs | Comments

TVs have long been at the center of the video game industry. From first person point-and-shoots to family-friendly tennis matches and high-speed racing games, game consoles connected to TVs have dominated the gaming scene for decades ...


Modern Design & Latest Achievements on Steam Turbines

July 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Amin Almasi, Rotating Equipment Engineer | Comments

A steam turbine is a turbo-machine for generating mechanical power from the energy of steam at high temperature and pressure; in other words, it converts the thermal energy of steam into useful mechanical work ...     


High Reliability Keypads & Design Factors That Affect Performance

July 9, 2014 9:21 am | by Paul Knupke, Epec Engineered Technologies | Epec Engineered Technologies | Comments

Custom low-profile keypad assemblies with the right combination of material and construction choices can provide high reliability user interface keypads. Prepare to discover the differences between high reliability custom keypad assemblies ...


Slot Machines Get Personal with Player Tracking

July 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor, ECN | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation ...   


Solar Panels Inspire World’s First Volumetric Printing Service

July 7, 2014 1:34 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Comments

Looking Glass is the world’s first volumetric printing service, with several patents pending, both in the U.S. and globally. The team came up with the idea of making a very dense volumetric stack that could be ...       


Building a Combination Bridge, Tunnel, Artificial Island

July 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Trelleborg AB | Comments

As a combination of bridge, tunnel and artificial island, the 49.9 kilometer HZMB is a mega-link between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau. The island and tunnel project, overseen by the CCCC joint venture, is a critical part of the overall construction ...


Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

July 1, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mark Brucks, Eastman Chemical Company | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. Medical device manufacturers face pressures from ...


How to Properly Pin a Shaft & Hub Assembly

June 30, 2014 3:23 pm | by Caroline Mallory, SPIROL Application Engineer | Comments

One of the primary benefits of using a Coiled Spring Pin to affix a hub or gear to a shaft is the Coiled Pin’s ability to prevent hole damage. Another benefit is that the Coiled Pin absorbs wider hole tolerances than any other press-fit pin ...


Millimeter Wave Sub-Assemblies Enable Next Gen R&D Projects

June 30, 2014 10:09 am | by Renaissance Electronics & Communications | Comments

For those engaged in R&D of next generation products, incorporating millimeter wave components into broader designs is facilitated by partnering with established industrial experts that have already spent decades in the design, development ...


Searching for Exoplanets

June 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

As space exploration advances, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), with support from Northrop Grumman, has started running a gamut of tests on new exoplanet imaging technology known as the Starshade. Researchers believe it is only a ...



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