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Self-Lacing Shoe Setbacks Taken in Stride

April 20, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

When Frederick Labbe was a mechanical engineering student in 2001, he came up with the idea of using weight as a source of energy to lace shoes. Five years later he developed ...

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Top Product Development Cost Contributors & Ways to Optimize Them

April 24, 2015 9:22 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Comments

It is of paramount importance for any manufacturing firm to maintain an optimized product to survive in a cut throat competitive market. In a present scenario, every manufacturer tries to achieve a balance between producing products ...

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The Challenges of Designing a Firefighting Robot

April 23, 2015 3:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) is a humanoid robot designed by the Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab (TREC) at Virginia Tech. Designed for the Navy, the lab realized that with a few changes ...

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Stop, Collaborate & Listen

April 22, 2015 4:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Screening newborn infants for hearing loss is a relatively new practice that didn’t become common in the United States until the mid-to-late 1990s. Before its introduction, children often weren’t diagnosed with congenital hearing loss until ...

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Driving Future Technology with Solar-Powered Energy Harvesting

April 22, 2015 4:18 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP & General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Solar-powered devices provide a glimpse into a future in which increasingly sophisticated remote wireless devices use energy harvesting in combination with industrial grade rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power advanced ...

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Finding Strength in 3D Printing

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong and light-weight material, but has traditionally been relegated to aerospace and automotive markets. "Now, it’s for anybody who wants parts as strong as metal," says Greg Mark, MarkForged CEO ...

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ESD Selection Tool Eliminates Needless Searching

April 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

A new web-based tool from Littelfuse allows circuit designers to dry run a device’s electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance prior to building a test board. The ESD Suppression Selection Tool supplements the company’s iDesign online ...

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Should a CIO Invest in Product Development?

April 21, 2015 9:34 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Managing Director, Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services business | Comments

Why should a chief information officer invest to improve product development? The biggest reason is the amount of money at stake – costs and revenues – that can be significantly impacted by information technology ...

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Avoiding Surprises in Product Development

April 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the ...

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Why Latency Management Will Decide the Future of the IoT

April 17, 2015 9:13 am | by Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Comments

Acceptable response times on the web have steadily been decreasing. While 10 seconds used to be considered reasonable, a 2009 study showed that 40 percent of visitors will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to ...

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To What Extent Is Your Product Development Process Digitized?

April 15, 2015 9:37 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Comments

Product development and manufacturing is in a stage of major transformation across the globe. With a message from the market to speed up the development process, manufacturers are consistently looking to improvise their manufacturing ...

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Fireside Chat: The Future of Additive Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

EOS, a global company that produces solutions for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM), recently announced Glynn Fletcher as president of EOS of North America, Inc. PD&D caught up with Mr. Fletcher to ask about his new position ...

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Designing Resilience into the Grid

April 14, 2015 9:09 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects across the United States. With goals of reducing emissions by more than 20% and improving system energy efficiencies by more than 20% by ...

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Handheld 3D Scanner Brings 3D Printing to the Masses

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

3D scanners collect real-world data about the shape and appearance of objects and people, and are typically classified as either contact or non-contact. The earliest digital 3D scanners, called contact probes, were developed in the 1980s ...

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High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off with NASA

April 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

This week NASA is hosting more than 30 high school, college, and university rocketry teams at its 15th annual NASA Student Launch event near the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The middle school and high school teams must ...

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Fireside Chat: Advancing Dynamic Motion Technology

April 10, 2015 9:37 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools, has appointed Meghan Summers-West as the new president of the company. PD&D caught up with Meghan Summers-West to talk ...

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