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Boeing's 'Electricity Over Air' Among 5 Patents This Week

March 13, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The system is described as “Electricity Over Air (EOA),” wherein a thermoelectric generator uses cabin air temperature differential to make electricity. The patent explains ...

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5 Problems with 3D Printing & How to Fix Them

March 27, 2015 8:54 am | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk | Comments

The problem with 3D printing is that it . . . well . . . kinda sucks right now. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of things that are cool about 3D printing. It gives us the ability to handle any level of complexity. It ensures pinpoint ...

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Spacecraft of the Week: Space Shuttle Orbiters

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Many people know the streamlined Space Shuttle orbiters by sight. This week, we look at what set the orbiters apart and what every engineer can learn from their construction...

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Today in Engineering History: Goddard's L-13 Rocket Reaches 9,000 Ft.

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1937, Dr. Robert Goddard’s L-B series rocket (L-13) reached its highest height of approximately 9,000 feet. The duration of the flight lasted 22.3 seconds. The L-B series were check tests of 5.75 inch-diameter chambers ...

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Risk Management in Real Time & Wishful Thinking

March 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

There are a great many risk management tools available to us in a variety of forms. Most of us are familiar with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for design risk management or some form of risk matrix for project risk planning ...

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Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 Flight Reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 2:12 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered ...

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How Real-Time Ray Tracing Can Avert a Real-Life 'Death Ray'

March 25, 2015 9:30 am | by Greg Estes, VP Enterprise Marketing, NVIDIA | Comments

You know something’s awry when your building starts melting nearby cars. London’s year-old 20 Fenchurch Street tower is a stunner. But the same curved glass that gives the 37-story tower the nickname “The Walkie Talkie,” also has a ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Exxon Valdez Spills 11M Gallons of Oil

March 24, 2015 1:23 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. The vessel spilled approximately 11 million gallons of crude oil in the water, marking the incident as the worst ...

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A Profile with the Superstar of the Maker Movement: Limor Fried

March 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

Limor “Ladyada” Fried has juggled many labels throughout her life. Hacker. Student. MIT engineer. Founder. Leader. Each new title or accolade served as an acknowledgement of Fried’s success. Some career benchmarks include Fried becoming ...

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Today in Engineering History: Manned Gemini 3 Launched

March 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1965, Gemini 3 launched from Complex 19 at Cape Canaveral. It was the first manned Earth-orbiting mission in NASA’s Gemini program. Astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and John Young piloted the spacecraft, with the aim ...

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Settling the Debate – CNC vs 3DP

March 23, 2015 9:51 am | by Chris Fox, Content Marketing Specialist, Tormach | Comments

Now that 3D printers have emerged as the tool-of-choice for many makers and educators, there seems to be a line drawn in the sand between CNC and additive manufacturing. Many manufacturers even worry that 3D printing may one day ...     

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Space Gun Among 3 Patents This Week

March 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

QuickLaunch is a company attempting to launch payloads into low Earth orbit using a type of “space gun.” In their recently assigned patent, the company describes “a gas gun launcher having a ...

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Today in Engineering History: Discovery of Electric Battery Reported

March 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1800, Alessandro Volta, an Italian chemist and physicist, reported his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London. In 1780, Luigi Galvani, an Italian ...

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The Most Important Adhesives You Should Know

March 20, 2015 10:23 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

It would be great to have one all-encompassing adhesive that could work for every application, but the truth is, adhesive technology is more complex than most people think. Both medium and large adhesive manufacturers have several ...

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Spacecraft of the Week: Dawn

March 19, 2015 2:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

In this new feature, we'll highlight one spacecraft every week, and talk about how it was constructed and what technology makes it tick. This week is all about Dawn, the plucky probe that recently orbited the dwarf planet Ceres.

Today in Engineering History: Rocket-Powered Sled Tested

March 19, 2015 2:43 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1954, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled was tested on rails for the first time in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Six rockets produced 27,000 pounds of thrust. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stapp rode the rocket sled at Holloman ...

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