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Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

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Today in Engineering History: Astronauts Die in Launch Pad Fire

January 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1967, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission. When astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee entered the Apollo 204 spacecraft ...

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials (Part 2)

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Bill Camuel, Project Engineering Manager at RedEye | Comments

Just this year, components made with FST-rated, fused deposition modeling (FDM) ULTEM 9085 were tested and verified for outer space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to function on the exterior of a satellite to be launched in 2016 ... 

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials

January 27, 2015 9:11 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineerning Consultant at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

The 3D printing industry has seen remarkable growth in the last decade, opening opportunities across diverse manufacturing dimensions. The idea of printing a 3D object is no longer a question of interest; the focus today, is on ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Robotic Spacecraft Misses Moon By 22,000 Miles

January 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose was to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to stations on Earth during a 10 minute flight before impacting on the Moon ...  

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Is a One-Way Journey to Mars Wrong?

January 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Comments

Mason Peck, PhD, is an adviser to Mars One, and a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Peck served as NASA’s Chief Technologist from late 2011 through 2013, advising the head of NASA on technology issues ...

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Today in Engineering History: Submersible Sets Depth Record

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste traveled more than 35,000 feet to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean. Jacques Piccard and Navy lieutenant Donald Walsh boarded the Trieste from a rubber raft ...

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Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

January 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1992, Space Shuttle Discovery took off from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-42. The mission’s main objective was to study the effects of microgravity on various organisms. The mission’s primary ...

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Who’s Minding the Minders?

January 22, 2015 12:45 pm | by Alan Nicol | Comments

What relationship do the various functions and personnel in your organization have with your quality group? Is it collaborative, adversarial, or one of total domination? That spectrum represents a slippery slope from successful to disastrous ...

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Today in Engineering History: Supersonic Airliner Takes Flight

January 21, 2015 11:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircrafts were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR ...

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Will Remote Car Hacking Stop Before It Starts?

January 21, 2015 9:42 am | by Karl David Stephan, professor at Texas State University | Comments

The bomb exploded as the car reached the intersection of Park Place and Forest Park Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. The explosion was loud enough to be heard at an elementary school a couple of blocks away, and I was one of several students who ...

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Today in Engineering History: GM Buys into Oakland Motor Car

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1909, General Motors (GM) bought into the Oakland Motor Car Corporation, which would eventually become GM’s Pontiac division. Edward Murphy, a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages, founded Oakland Motor ...  

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Value Added vs. Value Ensured

January 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

In our quest to minimize our work to only the essential value-added elements, we often overlook the benefits of non-value-added activities. One such activity is the quality process audit. Few of us enjoy conducting audits ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Kennedy Space Center with a seven member crew. During the launch of mission STS-107, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and hit ...

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Why Quantum Dots Are the Next Big Display Tech

January 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, ECN Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech ...  

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