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Is 3D Carving the New 3D Printing?

November 19, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project – a 3D carver – he might be right ...

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'Kitty Cam' Combines Spy Cameras, 3D Printed Enclosures

November 18, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alyssa Kiner, Solid Concepts | Comments

The second iteration Crittercam “Kitty Cams” took store-bought “spy cameras” and tore apart the inner workings, added a more powerful battery pack and special programming, and mounted the guts into the 3D printed casing ...      


How Much Information Your Devices Have on You & Who Has Access

November 17, 2014 10:03 am | by Brian Benton, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Home thermostats, TVs, cars, fitness bands. The list of devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, and it’s not stopping. IDC predicts the IoT will reach upward of 30 billion devices by 2020. While there are a lot of ... 


Automotive Design Trends to Expect in the Near Future

November 14, 2014 9:51 am | by Tapan Sant, Automotive Engineering Consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

The automotive industry undergoes a continuous shifting process as technological advancement brings in new opportunities everyday. Being one of the most customer-centric industries, automotive manufacturers are strained ...    


Why 3D-Printing is a Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 1:40 pm | by Juste Semetaite, Community and Content Manager at | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to ...


How BIM Helped Disney Build Its Most Complex Creation Ever

November 12, 2014 10:21 am | by Jeff Yoders, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Walt Disney Imagineering builds the Disney experiences you always remember — from jamming with the animatronic Country Bears to shivering in the Pirates of the Carribean boat to admiring Ariel’s perfectly flowing hair on The Little Mermaid ride ...


Tips for Implementing Lean Manufacturing Practices

November 11, 2014 9:25 am | by John H. Grover Jr., Lean Manufacturing Manager & Automotive Repair America | Comments

You may be thinking about implementing lean manufacturing practices in your facility, or may have heard about lean manufacturing and want to know more. Whatever the case may be, these tips for implementing lean manufacturing ...   


Top 10 Most Funded 3D Printers

November 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Many companies claim to have the world’s first or best, it may even be the cheapest or the highest quality. Most superlatives are hard to navigate in market where everyone is pushing to advance their own products. Below I have compiled ... 


Makers Fear Nothing

November 7, 2014 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to ...


How Big Data Changes Everything You Know About Designing

November 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Phil Bernstein, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

A stone strapped to wood eventually became a metal hammer. The step pyramid developed into the true pyramid. The drafting table gave way to the computer screen. All these innovations share a common source: human insights and ...   


Solar Power Without the Sun

November 6, 2014 1:37 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

AltaDevices currently holds the single-junction world record for light conversion efficiency at 28.8% – but these solar cells are not meant for your roof. Using Gallium Arsenide, the AnyLight solar cell is five times more powerful than ...


Making Small Quantity/High Mix Tubing a Profitable Business Model

November 6, 2014 9:58 am | by John O’Brien, A.T. Wall | Comments

In the US, many high volume tubing suppliers have moved production facilities overseas to low cost producers like China or Mexico. Minimum buys are now the rule, leaving many US manufacturers with a quandary – How to get ...    


Design for Manufacturing: Sometimes the Coolest Products are the Hardest

November 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Dana DeMeo, CTO, IPS | Comments

“Begin with the End in Mind.” This well-known Steve Covey habit is especially true during product development. I recently had the opportunity to speak about the early stages of product design at the Design for ...     


Racing to Cutting-Edge Color without Prototyping

November 4, 2014 9:56 am | by NVIDIA | Comments

Almost everyone in the company knows firsthand the need for fast, high quality renders throughout the product development cycle – from design and engineering through to product marketing. In a competitive marketplace ...     


New EDA Tools Accelerate Path to Production

November 4, 2014 9:40 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Digi-Key, Mentor Graphics | Comments

Drawing on each other’s strengths, Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics have teamed up to create new, affordable electronic design automation (EDA) software solutions for design professionals. The mutually developed Designer Schematic ...   


What Architecture Is Best for a Particular Application

November 3, 2014 10:23 am | by Dr. Arne Linder, Product Management, KOLLMORGEN, Ratingen | Comments

Decentralizing servo technology can bring machine and plant construction savings during installation. Two additional advantages include reduced cabinet heat loads and more straight forward drive architecture. The question arises however, which ...



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