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March 2014: A Robot for Mars

March 10, 2014 | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue: A Robot for Mars; Speeding the Development of Automated Electromechanical Testing Devices; Introducing a New generation of Rotary Encoders; The Inevitable Future of Driverless Cars; Planning for Change? Change This ...

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Jan/Feb 2014: The Sphere of Turbulence

February 11, 2014 3:21 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue: The Sphere of Turbulence; Getting Linear Slides Up to Speed; BioPlotting Is People; Restoring Sight with Laserfit Lenses; How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong.


Nov/Dec 2013: Brace Yourself

January 17, 2014 11:29 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue: Brace yourself as Breg attempts to shake up hip brace design by engineering a post-operative rehab product that patients actually wear, and with an initial brief from DARPA, Honeywell has designed the world’s smallest vacuum ...


October 2013: Across America in 12,000 Solar Cells

October 31, 2013 2:51 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue of PD&D, Across America in 12,000 Solar Cells: Flying day and night, the Solar Impulse aircraft made history when it completed a revolutionary flight across America without a drop of fossil fuel ...


September 2013: The Future of Thrust Technology

October 31, 2013 2:45 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue of PD&D, The Future of Thrust Technology: The NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster was recently sanctioned to be shut down after running for more than 48,000 hours ...


July/August 2013: The Seabreacher Thrills Above & Below the Water

October 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue of PD&D, The Seabreacher Thrills Above & Below the Water: This unique breed of watercraft exhibits design ingenuity, bio-mimicry, and exciting power ...


June 2013: Riding Tandem: The World’s Fastest Motorcycle

June 25, 2013 11:50 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In this issue of PD&D, Riding Tandem with Parker and Brammo as they work together on the next generation of electric motorcycle design, and the Advancement of Human Motion Control with Parker Hannifin and a robotic lower limb orthotic device with intuitive torque and power.


May 2013: BionicOpter: The Dragonfly Inspires

May 29, 2013 10:05 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

The Dragonfly Inspires: Festo has spent years developing and supporting projects that have basic technical principles derived from nature to arrive at its latest effort, a bionic dragonfly.  


April 2013 - Motion Control & Automation - Welcome to My Nightmare

April 29, 2013 2:53 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Welcome to My Nightmare: The heads of Distortions Unlimited started a business in horror-themed masks and props, but when they built an animatronic electric chair, they force monumental change in an unsuspecting industry. 


April 2013: Fail Faster

April 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Desktop 3D printers allow designers and engineers to fail more, and as a result, iterate quicker, innovate faster, and invent more. Also, the earth has upped its ante when it comes to proving that man has made alterations to the ecosphere.


March 2013 - Formula 1 on Water

March 11, 2013 10:20 am | by PD & D Staff | Comments

Everybody loves the style and lavish performance of high-end luxury vehicles like the Mercedes Black Series. Similarly, who doesn’t' like a really fast boat? As a company that has made itself synonymous with performance boats, it seems only fitting that Cigarette Racing share design concepts with the likes of Mercedes.    


January/February 2013 - Rise of the Machines

March 8, 2013 3:27 pm | by PD & D Staff | Comments

As robots are becoming more powerful and useful by the minute, design engineers struggle to make each new design more autonomous, fluid, and life-like. Still, others are simply designed for recreational purposes, such as Project Hexapod's 4,000-pound, six legged hydraulic robot, Stompy.  


November/December 2012 - Amphibious Skiplane Shifts Shape, Industry

December 12, 2012 3:08 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

    What happened to airplanes that simply landed and took off on solid ground, and occasionally on water? ICON Aircraft first caught our attention with the debut of its ICON 5 amphibious aircraft, which is capable of landing on land and water, while being able to cruise the seas like a jet ski. Enter Lisa Airplanes, the latest designer to wow us with the AKOYA amphibious skiplane.  


October 2012 - Colonizing Mars by 2023

October 5, 2012 11:54 am | Comments

Colonizing Mars by 2023: With the success of other privatized space organizations building interstellar utensils, the reality that Mars One will reach the red planet before NASA is more than likely.

September 2012 - iPurchase - 7 Ways that Additive Manufacturing is Changing How and What We Design

October 5, 2012 11:43 am | Comments

7 Ways that Additive Manufacturing is Changing How and What We Design: Additive manufacturing is enabling new types of products to be created in new materials and with far more customization options.

September 2012 - Drones Take to the Skies

October 5, 2012 11:17 am | Comments

Drones Take to the Skies: The AR.Drone 2.0 is a high-tech quadricopter that can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet.



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