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Engineering Newswire 118: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

November 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones on an autonomous spaceport ship, and sculpting the world’s smallest human ... in the nude ...          

One of the World’s Smallest 3D Resin Printers

November 25, 2014 12:17 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The iBox Nano is one of the world’s smallest 3D resin printers, and weighing in at three pounds...

MIT Grads Launch All-Terrain Wheelchair in U.S.

November 25, 2014 9:37 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering | News | Comments

GRIT is a social-enterprise startup that relies on in-the-field research and user feedback to...

Cardinal Announces New Development Offering for Rapid Prototyping

November 24, 2014 4:29 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components has introduced a new board-level product line for the Internet of Things (...

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Redesigning Aluminum Parts to Meet EPA Standards

November 24, 2014 9:20 am | by Jack Shedd, VP Sales/Marketing, Hoffer Plastics | Articles | Comments

Hoffer Plastics is known for its engineering expertise when it comes to providing innovative solutions to its customers' most challenging manufacturing issues. As a custom injection molder with extensive capabilities in plastics processing ...

Replacing Mailmen With Drones

November 21, 2014 1:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

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From Science Fiction to Science Fact

November 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by NASA 360 | Videos | Comments

Is suspended animation possible? Can we 3D print whole structures on the moon? How about swimming the ocean of Europa? Maybe ...                    

Is 3D Carving the New 3D Printing?

November 19, 2014 10:53 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project – a 3D carver – he might be right ...

GE Announces New $32M 3D-Printing Research Center

November 19, 2014 10:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short ... 

NASA Successfully Installs the First 3D Printer in Space

November 19, 2014 9:37 am | by Bill Hubscher, International Space Station Program Science Office, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Wilmore installed the printer in the station’s Microgravity Science Glovebox and started the printer, which extruded plastic to form the first of a series of calibration coupons, a small plastic sample about the size of a ...     

Photos of the Day: 3D Printer Powers Up on the Space Station

November 19, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

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'Kitty Cam' Combines Spy Cameras, 3D Printed Enclosures

November 18, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alyssa Kiner, Solid Concepts | Articles | Comments

The second iteration Crittercam “Kitty Cams” took store-bought “spy cameras” and tore apart the inner workings, added a more powerful battery pack and special programming, and mounted the guts into the 3D printed casing ...      

Digi-Key Expands Portfolio of EDA Software

November 17, 2014 1:49 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | Digi-Key | News | Comments

Digi-Key Corporation has announced an expanded, comprehensive suite of EDA tools. The new and updated software options enable design engineers to streamline the entire (PCB) design process – from prototype to production ...    

Chileans Design a 'Bike That Can't be Stolen'

November 17, 2014 9:58 am | by Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a bicyclist's dream: a bike that can't be stolen. The "Yerka," a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of bikes that can be locked using some of their own parts. They include ...

Accidental Discoveries That Changed the World

November 14, 2014 10:31 am | by Reactions - American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly ...  

Engineering Newswire 116: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick on Cinder Blocks

November 13, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

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MythBuster Jamie Hyneman Joins Bimba's Product R&D Team

November 12, 2014 3:55 pm | by Bimba Manufacturing | News | Comments

Jamie Hyneman, president of M5 Industries and a leader in the design and testing of innovative tools that advance popular understanding of science and technology, is joining Bimba Manufacturing, an innovator of ...      

Photos of the Day: Hoverboard Floats Above the Ground

November 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. The creators believe their technology will someday be used to ...  

Hoverboards Now a Reality

November 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you're perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to shoot out from under your feet. A high-pitched engine scream bounces from the sheet of copper as you swivel and ...  

Top 10 Most Funded 3D Printers

November 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Many companies claim to have the world’s first or best, it may even be the cheapest or the highest quality. Most superlatives are hard to navigate in market where everyone is pushing to advance their own products. Below I have compiled ... 

DARPA Invites Input On How to Transform Planes into 'Aircraft Carriers in the Sky'

November 10, 2014 11:25 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Military air operations typically rely on large, manned, robust aircraft, but such missions put these expensive assets — and their pilots — at risk. While small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can reduce or eliminate such risks, they lack the ...

Infographic: Tech History from Ancient Times to the iPhone Era

November 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Dmytro Nesterov, QuartSoft | News | Comments

People of the digital era take the latest smartphone technology for granted. They rarely think that an iPhone in their pocket is the crown of the world’s engineering thought that led the human race from the primitive cave life to the digital age ...

Neural Interface Allows Control of World's Most Advanced Bionic Hand

November 10, 2014 10:12 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested ...  

Makers Fear Nothing

November 7, 2014 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to ...

How Big Data Changes Everything You Know About Designing

November 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Phil Bernstein, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

A stone strapped to wood eventually became a metal hammer. The step pyramid developed into the true pyramid. The drafting table gave way to the computer screen. All these innovations share a common source: human insights and ...   

Assembly Considerations for Flexible Circuits vs. Printed

November 6, 2014 9:37 am | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Traditional “rigid” printed circuit boards have been widely used in the United States since the 1940s. They showed up in consumer products the next decade and have been produced in very large scales ever since. The electronics industry is ...

Touching Memories Printed on a Pirate

November 5, 2014 4:19 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

After 3D printed food became a reality, I swore there was nothing the additive manufacturing industry couldn’t print. Yet when my co-worker told me that a 3D printer manufacturer was printing "memories," I was thoroughly confused ...  

Tokyo Neighborhoods' Small Shops Keep Crafts Alive

November 5, 2014 9:28 am | by Linda Lombardi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese capital is home to many modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. But in the small crafts shops crowding the area known as Yanasen, you can watch artisans preserving traditional crafts, or updating them ...  

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