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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 | Blogs | 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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3D Printed Roof to Improve Fuel Economy

March 26, 2015 5:04 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

SABIC has revealed a new roof design for heavy duty vehicles that would enhance the vehicle’s fuel economy...

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This Week in Aerospace

March 26, 2015 4:50 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are getting ready for the start of their year-long mission to the International Space Station. Tomorrow, they'll become part of a mission testing the limits of human endurance in space. The world has learned over and over that travel to space is difficult ...  

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Offer Paid Vacation, Microsoft Tells Suppliers

March 26, 2015 3:43 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Microsoft announced on March 26 that it will be working only with suppliers who offer their employees a minimum of 15 days of paid time off per year...

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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 | Blogs | 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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Stolen Nuclear Sub Files Belonged to Design Engineer

March 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Marcin Kostrzewa was convicted by a jury in England’s Plymouth Crown Court and sentenced to four and a half years in jail. Kostrzewa was residing in Plymouth when he stole the files from his neighbor, a design engineer for ...

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Sensor System Provides Continuous Smart Monitoring of Machinery

March 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by University of Saarland | News | Comments

A new method of continuously monitoring the status of machinery is currently being developed by a research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University. The mobile tablet-based system supplies information on the ...      

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Novel Plastic for 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for ...

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Engineers Create Structures Tougher Than Bulletproof Vests

March 26, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar ...            

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Lockheed Delivers 3 More C-130Js

March 26, 2015 2:06 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Three variants of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were recently delivered to U.S. military operators from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility. On March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an ...               

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Enabling Automated Lookouts for Unmanned Surface Vessels

March 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over ...     

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Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 26, 2015 1:54 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ...    

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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 | Blogs | 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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Trains with Brains Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing to Mars

March 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, NASA sent a “Spaceward Bound” expedition to Australia’s remote Pilbara region. The region’s rugged and red-hued plains appeared to be a good analog for Mars. Up to a point. The Pilbara, which is located in Western ...   

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'Red Team' Exposing Army Tech Vulnerabilities

March 26, 2015 11:12 am | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Operations, a few years ago in Afghanistan, were a wake-up call to the Army's force-protection vulnerabilities, said Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology. Two small outposts, Camps Keating and ...

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