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Motor Trends: Additive Manufacturing Drives Production of Race-Ready Cars

February 27, 2015 3:56 pm | by Product Design & Development | Events

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is crucial in motorsports. In the race for speed and performance, it has long been a key design and testing tool. Now, race teams are revealing that AM parts are tough enough for use on the track. This trend toward end-use parts has been building for a ...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta & Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly...

Engineering Newswire 129: Bicycle Hybrid Reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 10:59 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying rockets through the Northern Lights, sticking giant...

Solidscape & LSR Unveil New Prototype Process

February 24, 2015 5:07 pm | by Solidscape, Inc. | News | Comments

Solidscape, Inc. and LSR's Design Studio, are excited to announce disruptive new prototype...

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3D Printed ‘Good Drone’ Saves Castaways

February 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Survivors of accidents at sea may one day see a drone buzzing toward them, laden with pontoons. That’s the idea behind Robolifeguard, developed by Polish group AeroAtena, which was a semi-finalist in the “Drones for Good” competition ...

Engineering Newswire 128: Master Sword-Makers' Secrets Revealed

February 19, 2015 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re taking aim with a next generation smart gun, moving forward with Musk’s Hyperloop plans, and revealing the secrets of master sword makers ...            

My Simple Invention, Designed to Keep My Grandfather Safe

February 19, 2015 9:46 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Sixty percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help ...  

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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 | Blogs | 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

How to Design a Product for a Successful Launch to the Marketplace

February 18, 2015 10:50 am | by Brent Venghaus, Winegard Technical Program Manager & Mechanical Engineering Manager | Articles | Comments

Four criteria are critical to successfully launch a new product to the marketplace: quality, cost, performance and delivery. Design for eXcellence, or DfX, is a philosophy that promotes rapid and successful product launch by ...   

Today in Engineering History: ‘Draisine’ Is Patented

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

Solar Power from Energy-Harvesting Trees

February 17, 2015 12:56 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Videos | Comments

Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings - whether indoors or outdoors - stores it and turns it into electricity to power small devices such as mobile phones, humidifiers ...

An Unexpected Path for MIT Entrepreneurs

February 17, 2015 12:06 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Entrepreneurship can sometimes take people down unexpected paths. Just ask the two co-founders of MIT Media Lab spinout Sifteo: Their success in rapidly commercializing their popular “smart” gaming blocks recently led to an acquisition ...

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Boeing to Bring Precision to Laser Weapons on Navy Ships

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control ...

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

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

3D Printing Grows Up

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

Edith Clarke Joins Edison, Tesla in National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When Edith Clarke was born, the odds that she would one day join a group of celebrated inventors including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, the Wright Brothers and Alexander Graham Bell seemed microscopic. She lived in a pre-computer era ...

Engineering Newswire 127: 3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 10:54 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

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All of Your Excuses Are Invalid

February 11, 2015 3:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

This year at Solidworks 2015 Bre Pettis of Makerbot gave a Keynote challenging innovation, collaboration, and all the dudes in the room ...                  

Virtual Reality & Neurorobotics Speed Up Rehabilitation

February 11, 2015 2:27 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

To speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. This is the ambitious aim of the HYPER research project which is using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients whose ...

Students 3D-Print Rocket for NASA Contest

February 11, 2015 12:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

High school students partnered with a local 3D printing facility to create lighter, stronger parts for the rocket they’ll take to a NASA competition in April. St. Vincent- St. Mary in Akron, Ohio was one of eight high schools selected for the ...

European 'Space Plane' Set for Launch

February 11, 2015 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency is preparing the first launch of a prototype spacecraft capable of returning to Earth. The Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV, is due to be launched into orbit at 1300 GMT (14:00 CET) Wednesday from ESA's ...

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Completes Flight Test

February 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability. The LRASM ...

Design Team Raises $200K for Precision Cooker

February 10, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The precision Paragon Induction Cooktop, from maker community FirstBuild, was funded in a flash on Indiegogo this week, reaching $50,000 in a few hours. Funding had rocketed past $200,000 by Feb. 9. The Paragon is a small precision cooktop ...

Thomas Edison & the History of Sound Recording

February 9, 2015 12:51 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Thomas Edison lost much of his hearing when he was still a child. “I have not heard a bird sing since I was 12 years old,” he once remarked. But that did not stop him from inventing the phonograph, a device that for the first time recorded ...

Photos of the Day: Railguns, Robots & Shark Drones at Naval Expo

February 9, 2015 10:07 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC last week, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the ...

Boeing's Plasma Propulsion Among 5 Patents This Week

February 6, 2015 12:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent, assigned to The Boeing Company, cites the need for quieter propulsion systems for UAVs that operate at lower altitudes (sub-meter to several meters). The proposed propulsion system describes a ...      

Headache Relief Wand Designed to 'Press Away' Headaches

February 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

This crowdfunded, handheld wand purports to reduce headaches and stress. The Headdoc, developed by Kencap Medical Solutions, has raised $3,223 out of its $10,000 goal on Indiegogo as of Feb. 5. The device, designed over two years by ...  

Engineering Newswire 126: A.I. Takes Full Control of Your Life

February 5, 2015 1:16 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're changing the face of the Navy, having our lives taken over by A.I., and fighting fires with the shipboard autonomous robot ...                       

Investors' Appetite for Startups Fed By Stock Market Gains

February 5, 2015 9:19 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some Entrepreneurs looking for startup funding got a wad of money near the end of last year, but there are concerns the boom may not last. Startup iFunding is a beneficiary of the surge. The website focused on ...       

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