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Company Refuses to Ship Milling Machine for 3D-Printed Firearms

February 26, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight ... unless you’re shipping something controversial. Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Non-Stop Flight Around World

February 26, 2015 1:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1949, Lucky Lady II became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop. The United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress was in the air for a total of 94 hours and 1 minute, and was aided by ...   

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Today in Engineering History: 1st Tunnel Under Hudson River Opens

February 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1908, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Tunnel was formally opened. On the afternoon of February 25, President Theodore Roosevelt pressed a button from the White House that turned the electrical power to the ...  

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Resourcing Continual Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

We all know there is no free lunch.  Continual Improvement (CI) takes time and energy. There is a significant learning curve, skilled people need time away from “normal” work to analyze and plan improvements, and there is disruption ... 

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Today in Engineering History: Hudson Motor Car Company Founded

February 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1909, the Hudson Motor Car Company was founded by eight Detroit businessmen. Among them was department store owner Joseph L. Hudson who mainly funded the venture. Within one year of its founding, Hudson ...  

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Red-Light Cameras: Proceed with Caution

February 24, 2015 9:13 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

The Latin phrase "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" means "Who will guard the guards themselves?" It may have originated with the Roman poet Juvenal, who flourished around the first century A. D., but the problem it highlights is much older ...

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Today in Engineering History: 'Sphairistike' Patented

February 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1874, Major Walter Wingfield, a Welsh inventor, patented what he called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis). He borrowed the name from the ancient Greek term, meaning skill in playing ball. The name never became popular ...

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3 Vehicle Trends to Keep an Eye On

February 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier ...         

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Today in Engineering History: Edison Patents the Phonograph

February 19, 2015 12:17 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph, the first device to both record and play sound. The patent, number 200,521, specifically described a device for capturing sound on ...       

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Today in Engineering History: Enterprise Goes on Maiden Flight

February 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, Enterprise (the first Space Shuttle Orbiter) took its maiden flight while mated atop a modified Boeing 747. Enterprise was manufactured for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to execute test flights in the

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Today in Engineering History: ‘Draisine’ Is Patented

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1818, a young German inventor, Karl Drais, patented the draisine, a two-wheeled wooden vehicle that was straddled and propelled by walking quickly. Drais designed and built it in 1817, and named it the ...   

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Why Have Fewer Women Been Involved in Space Exploration?

February 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Comments

Mars One will be assembling and training teams for its settlement. We have much work to do before the teams are ready, and getting a good match of skills and personalities is part of that work. We've had many women applicants and will ...

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Today in Engineering History: 1st All-Solid-Propellant Rocket Put into Orbit

February 13, 2015 4:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1961, the first all-solid-propellant rocket was launched into orbit from Wallops Island, VA. The rocket was the first Scout (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test system) rocket put into space. It carried the ... 

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How Generative Design Marries Nature with Tech to Bring Objects to Life

February 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk | Comments

All of the amazing things ever imagined, designed, and created—buildings and bridges, cars and machines, and products and devices—have one thing in common: They’re all dead ...           

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Today in Engineering History: Moving Picture Projector Patented

February 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1895, Frenchman Louis Lumière patented the first motion picture camera. Although other inventors had developed similar inventions prior to Lumière’s projector, he is most often credited with its origin ...   

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3D Printing Grows Up

February 13, 2015 10:53 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Comments

I remember the first time I saw a 3D printer in action. It was 1997, and I was working at the design center of a plastic housewares company. I was about to head home when I heard an odd sound coming from the CAD room. Poking my head ... 

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