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Where Will 3D Technology Take Us Next?

May 22, 2015 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

From TE Connectivity’s unveiling of a fully functional 3D printed motorcycle to Forecast 3D’s reveal of a race car with more than 70 3D printed parts, the show floor was alive with innovation and ingenuity. The motorcycle ...

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Today in Engineering History: Patent for Skyscraper Received

May 22, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 22, 1888, Leroy Sunderland Buffington, an architect from Minnesota, received a patent for a system to build skyscrapers. In 1881, he claimed to have thought of the concept of building skyscrapers ...

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Today in Engineering History: Amelia Earhart Completes Transatlantic Flight

May 21, 2015 2:25 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart completed the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman when she landed in Ireland. On the morning of May 20, Earhart left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, with the ...

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Today in Engineering History: X-1E Damaged After Mach 2 Flight

May 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 15, 1957, the X-1E research aircraft, piloted by NACA pilot Joe Walker, was damaged during landing after a Mach 2 flight. Due to the incurred damage, repairs continued throughout the ...

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Portable Beer Dispensing System Among 5 Patents This Week

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

According to the patent, this invention is “easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, [and] portable.” And? It’s for beer ...

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3 Engineering Urban Myths

May 15, 2015 10:05 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

The Internet gives us the ability to drill down to the truth in seconds, but we use it to spread urban myths faster than engineers can debunk them. I’ll take these three ...

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Today in Engineering History: NASA Launches Skylab

May 14, 2015 12:13 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 14, 1973, NASA launched Skylab, the United States’ first space station. Within minutes of liftoff, it was evident that the launch was not a complete success. At a post-launch news conference ...

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Farming Young Design Engineers

May 13, 2015 4:42 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

My old friend, and the man who owned this column for years, Mike Rainone and I often discuss the state of innovation in our country. While many companies boast a commitment to innovation, we question whether that ...

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Brainstorm: Wearables

May 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

We’re at the start of a wearable electronics revolution that will bring new meaning to personal connectivity. We’re going to be sharing more information with friends, with medical professionals, and perhaps even with ...

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When Wearables Actually Work

May 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This month’s Brainstorm asks what design changes must be made in order for wearables to become adopted by the general population. The consensus? Smaller, longer lasting batteries. While I don’t contest ...

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Today in Engineering History: IEEE's Predecessor Forms

May 13, 2015 12:34 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 13, 1884, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), predecessor of the IEEE, was formed at a general meeting held at the headquarters of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Nonstop Transcontinental Balloon Flight

May 12, 2015 12:26 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 12, 1980, Maxie Anderson and his son Kristian made the first non-stop trans-North American balloon flight. The helium-filled balloon Kitty Hawk left Fort Baker, California on May 8 and arrived in ...

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How Drones Are Shaping Diverse Industries

May 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The anticipation will only make the shift toward commercial drone use more dramatic. Joan Lowy and Jennifer Agiesta of the AP write, “It may be two or three years before the rules take effect, but once they do thousands are ...

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Today in Engineering History: Development of Tubeless Tires Announced

May 11, 2015 1:43 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 11, 1947, the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio announced its development of a tubeless tire. Goodrich’s innovation eliminated the need for an inner tube by trapping the pressurized air within ...

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Find the Right Engineering Candidate Through Patents?

May 11, 2015 9:52 am | by Ann Hoevel, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

If there was ever an example of a prolific patent-holder in pop culture, it’s Hubert J. Farnsworth — the doddering, bespeckled professor from “Futurama” who invents an outlandish gadget every episode ...

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Laser Ablation Propulsion Among 5 Patents This Week

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The United States of America (as represented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator) has been assigned a rocket propulsion patent, specifically for a ...

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