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Raytheon’s New Weapon-Locator Among 7 Patents This Week

January 29, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Raytheon Company, the major U.S. defense company, has applied for a patent using a new class of weapon-locating lidar (Light Detection And Ranging). The system could estimate ...           

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Launches Their 1st Artificial Satellite

January 30, 2015 4:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1958, the U.S. launched their first artificial satellite, Explorer 1. The Soviet Union had launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957. The U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency was directed to launch a satellite using its ...

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Today in Engineering History: Saloon Owner Patents Cash Register

January 30, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1883, James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register. Ritty was the owner of a saloon in Dayton, Ohio, and he desired a way to stop his employees from stealing his profits. So in 1879, he invented a ...

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Is Trial & Error Obsolete?

January 30, 2015 9:11 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

With access to powerful computing tools that enable us to run simulations and calculate outcomes, trial-and-error is obsolete – or so we are expected to believe. Let us first examine some reasons why we might choose to use simulations and ...

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Today in Engineering History: 1st Gas-Powered Car Patented

January 29, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1886, Karl Benz, a German engine designer and car engineer, applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – is regarded by some to be the origin of the gas powered automobile ...

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials (Part 3)

January 29, 2015 9:07 am | by Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management at 3D Systems | Comments

Advances in rapid prototyping materials include improvements in tear and thermal resistance, shape memory, stiffness, and photorealistic color. In terms of composite printing, 3D Systems has announced a new elastomer material, with up to ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

January 28, 2015 1:05 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was ...

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Today in Engineering History: Astronauts Die in Launch Pad Fire

January 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1967, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission. When astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee entered the Apollo 204 spacecraft ...

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials (Part 2)

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Bill Camuel, Project Engineering Manager at RedEye | Comments

Just this year, components made with FST-rated, fused deposition modeling (FDM) ULTEM 9085 were tested and verified for outer space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to function on the exterior of a satellite to be launched in 2016 ... 

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials

January 27, 2015 9:11 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineerning Consultant at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

The 3D printing industry has seen remarkable growth in the last decade, opening opportunities across diverse manufacturing dimensions. The idea of printing a 3D object is no longer a question of interest; the focus today, is on ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Robotic Spacecraft Misses Moon By 22,000 Miles

January 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose was to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to stations on Earth during a 10 minute flight before impacting on the Moon ...  

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Is a One-Way Journey to Mars Wrong?

January 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Comments

Mason Peck, PhD, is an adviser to Mars One, and a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Peck served as NASA’s Chief Technologist from late 2011 through 2013, advising the head of NASA on technology issues ...

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Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

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Today in Engineering History: Submersible Sets Depth Record

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste traveled more than 35,000 feet to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean. Jacques Piccard and Navy lieutenant Donald Walsh boarded the Trieste from a rubber raft ...

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Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

January 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1992, Space Shuttle Discovery took off from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-42. The mission’s main objective was to study the effects of microgravity on various organisms. The mission’s primary ...

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