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Beer Lamp Among 5 Patents of the Week

December 12, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Just in time for the (next couple) holiday’s, this beer tower lamp will eventually be a great addition to any bar … or living room. Also this week, Panasonic has applied for ...               

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Design Win of the Week

December 19, 2014 9:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have received quite a bit of press lately after the return of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the ESA’s successful Rosetta mission. However, the Indian Space and Research Organization has been hitting ...


Today in Engineering History: World's First Communication Satellite

December 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Dubbed “Chatterbox,” the satellite was also part of another first, as its launch marked the first successful use of ...                     


Singular Focus, All-Encompassing Impact

December 18, 2014 9:02 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

The other day, someone asked me, “If you were to start your own business from scratch, how would you instill a method of continual improvement for the entire organization?”  I had to think about it for a few days before I arrived at an answer I could ...


U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 17, 2014 9:07 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores ...          


The Danger of Drones in an Unlicensed Airspace

December 15, 2014 7:44 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

If we want to continue moving forward with the commercialization of drones, there should be safety precautions in place to guarantee that such technology isn’t intended for harmful use ...         


RAIL Derailed?

December 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

Let’s talk about the Rolling Action Item List (RAIL). It is an essential tool for many organizations and project leaders. Unfortunately, it is a highly dysfunctional tool for many. Let us look at some mistakes that undermine the ...  


Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Not the Mother of Invention

December 10, 2014 9:22 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, Medical Device Technology | Comments

The recent story about a "Bionic Bra" from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, "smart yarn"-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of ... 


Wind Turbines Come to the Inner City

December 9, 2014 9:23 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Each Wind Tree will have 72 mock leaves that act as micro-turbines, spinning on a vertical axis. Due to the size of each micro-turbine and the Wind Tree’s intended urban application, the leaves are designed to harness ...    


Technology vs. Peril: It's About Time

December 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Chad Schweitzer, Usability Engineer, Design Concepts | Comments

Quick: what do AED’s, tourniquets and air bags all have in common? Answer: They give us more time. What we really want – what we really need – in an emergency is a warm blanket and more time. Time to fetch a better tool or the right ...


Bridging the Skills Gap: A New Workforce Development Initiative

December 5, 2014 9:39 am | by S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute | Comments

When it comes to growing our national economy, there is no more pressing concern than workforce development. According to Beyond the Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers, and Communities, a recently published ...  


Winner & Loser of the Week

December 5, 2014 9:28 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Each week the Product Design & Development staff scours the internet for design engineering news, research, and updates. Unfortunately, not all of the news is positive. A few lackluster designs that don’t quite make the cut for ...  


Brainstorm: Manufacturing (Part 3)

December 3, 2014 9:11 am | by Daniel Theobald, Vecna Co-Founder & CTO | Comments

The continuous and future integration of autonomous solutions in manufacturing will result in mass production in quantities of one. This means that every product will be designed and customized for local needs, and produced on-demand by ...


Brainstorm: Manufacturing (Part 2)

December 2, 2014 12:43 pm | by Bill L. Barrett, Sales/Marketing Manager, Gemco Manufacturing | Gemco Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Comments

Robots used in manufacturing have been with us for quite a few years already – certainly the automotive manufacturers have made use of robots for welding, and many manufacturers of auto body parts have been using robots for handling raw ...


Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 9:22 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | 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: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 


Not in My House

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This month’s edition of PD&D covers robotics in many different applications (see page 14, 20, 22, and 26). It also happens to be my first month as the lead editor, so you may have noticed that David is missing from his traditional spot ...



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