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Bodock the Giant 3D Printed Creature

October 10, 2014 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing equipment and materials, teamed up with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, WIRED, and Condé Nast Entertainment to design, prototype, and manufacture a 14-foot tall creature to ...

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The Challenges of Smart Innovation

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Artem Aginskiy, Business Development Manager, Texas Instruments | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of ...

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Two 3D Design Competitions

October 29, 2014 3:49 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and CGTrader has teamed up with the 3D printing experts from i.materialise to present a holiday-themed challenge. Design a gift that you would love to give to a friend or relative that could be printed in ...

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3D Printing Builds Up Architecture

October 29, 2014 9:17 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a ...

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Innovations Could Feed the Hungry, Streamline Drug Production

October 27, 2014 4:51 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The winners included a unique genetic sequence that could allow researchers to produce multiple proteins from a lone strand of mRNA. The sequence, a form of internal ribosome entry site (IRES), was found in the wheat virus Triticum moscaic by ...

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Integrating an Automated In-Process Air Gage

October 27, 2014 4:34 pm | by Chris Koehn, Business Unit Manager, Stotz Air Gaging, Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. | Comments

In recent years, we have seen an upward trend of higher production manufacturers wanting to integrate their air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside of machine device where the operator is performing a ...     

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5 Keys to Engaging a Product Development Partner

October 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management ...

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Why Pre-Engineered Linear Motion Systems Are a Smart Choice

October 22, 2014 10:21 am | by Anders Trygg, Product Manager, Thomson Linear Components Group, Europe | Comments

The resulting pre-engineered system has a guaranteed performance available with a rapid delivery time and, with design flexibility, there is no need for compromise on specification. Easy, web-based tools can also be used to ...  

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From Liftoff to Splashdown, HyperSizer Goes Deep Inside the Orion Crew Module Heat Shield

October 21, 2014 9:38 am | by James Ainsworth | Comments

Protected by the shell of its huge launch-rocket during blastoff, NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) must get back to earth on its own at mission’s end. The flight plan for this next-generation craft includes a dramatic ...  

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The Advantages of Adhesive Bonding

October 20, 2014 9:34 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

The advantages of adhesive bonding are many. With the development of new materials being used in a variety of different applications, it can be a challenge when trying to figure out a way to join two very different materials while retaining ...

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Brainstorm: Encoders (Part 2)

October 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Robert Pasho, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Comments

One encoder technology has emerged that allows rotary encoders to last longer and handle higher vibration, shock, and temperature ranges, the magnetic-based encoder. These Hall effect-based rotary encoders measure shaft rotation ...  

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Can Finding the Perfect Supplier Be Painless & Easy?

October 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Robert Moakler, COO Fabricating.com | Comments

Many companies are expanding U.S. sourcing to keep manufacturing and engineering in close proximity so as to partner more effectively and promote product innovation. They are also shifting to U.S. suppliers for quality and to be closer to ...

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Brainstorm: Encoders

October 16, 2014 9:46 am | by Christian Fell, VP Motion & Position Sensors, FRABA | Fraba Inc. | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What new encoder technologies are helping ease-of-use ...

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New Cargo Plane Design Takes Off, Vertically

October 15, 2014 9:18 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Historically, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles have been relegated to helicopters and expensive military aircraft. Yet the design, as applied to commercial aircraft, has not been successful without significant sacrifices in ...

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Redefining Automotive Product Design

October 14, 2014 9:25 am | by Tapan Sant, Automotive Engineering Consultant, Hi-Tech CAE | Comments

Automotive engineering design has transitioned over the years. It is a great time for engineers, as computer aided design and computational analysis allows them to engineer automotive product design and build vehicles that are ...    

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Ultrasonic Sensors Push the Limits of Automotive Applications

October 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Clancy Soehren, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instrument | Comments

Ultrasonic sensors used in back-up warning and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are self-contained modules that drive an ultrasonic signal and perform all signal processing on the received signal. Simple algorithms used to extract the ...

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