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Visual Thinking a Must for Mechanical Engineers

September 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Alissa Mallinson, MIT News | News | Comments

Where other mechanical engineering faculty come bearing specific innovative artifacts, Maria Yang offers conceptual strategies for innovation, regardless of the technology. For her, innovation first manifests itself in early-stage design ...

New Designs Need More Information, Not Less

September 16, 2014 9:43 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

While trying to streamline product development, the activities that generate the most...

The History of 3D Printing

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

What’s 30 years old but looks brand new? Believe it or not, it’s 3D printing...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 11:46 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, | News | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers...

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Stratasys Announces New UV-Resistant Thermoplastics

September 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by Stratasys | Stratasys, Inc. | News | Comments

Stratasys has announced the availability of a new thermoplastic material option for its FDM-based production 3D printers: ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate). ASA is an all-purpose material used for the production of prototype, manufacturing ...

Additive Manufacturing Expert EOS Joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

September 12, 2014 1:53 pm | by EOS | Eos Systems | News | Comments

The first additive manufacturing OEM invited to join the Virginia-based Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions in ...    

Connecting Customer Decisions to Design Decisions

September 12, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Connecting our information about customer desires with our designs is difficult. If it seems simple, we probably missed something. In the realm of product development, the most challenging and often the riskiest part of the design process is ...


SME's Advanced Manufacturing Expo

September 11, 2014 2:09 pm | by SME | Events

The latest and greatest manufacturing technologies – by both Canadian and international developers – will take centre stage later this month as SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo) gets under way at the ...

The 'Era of Connection' Is Coming & Design Will Never Be the Same

September 11, 2014 10:23 am | by Phil Bernstein, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

The word “revolution” is especially apt today. Now, more than ever, the world is changing. How people design and make things is not just evolving, but being completely disrupted again. We’re on the cusp of a new (and very real) revolution ...

Optimizing Engineering Change Control

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Ron Rapczynski, Quality Control, NK Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Managing changes to products and/or processes has been, and will always continue to be, a challenge for companies. There are many reasons for this. In order to fully and effectively implement a change often involves the coordination of ...

Embedded PC with i7 Expands dSPACE Prototyping System

September 10, 2014 2:41 pm | by PD&D Staff | Dspace, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

dSPACE has announced that the Embedded PC extension for the compact prototyping system MicroAutoBox II is now available in a new, more powerful variant with an Intel Core i7 processor. While the real-time component of a control system ...

D-Day, Design & Engineering: The Hidden Lessons & Why They Matter

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

On the night of June 5th and the morning of June 6th, paratroopers and glider infantry followed by a sweeping amphibious assault began the invasion of Europe – a military feat that remains without equal in the rest of history ...   


Solidworks 2015 Focuses on Design, Not Modeling

September 9, 2014 4:11 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Solidworks, a 3D software development company founded in 1993 by Jon Hirschtick and bought by Dassault Systèmes in 1997, announced its 2015 portfolio of 3D design software applications yesterday. Solidworks currently has more than ...  

The World's Smallest Breathalyzer

September 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Elevator Communications | News | Comments

Nearly every day a record breaking crowdfunding campaign catches the attention of the world with new devices that meld the worlds of software with hardware. And one key player in this revolution is 3D printing. The DrinkMate project, now on ...

Photos of the Day: Photogrammetry Creates Detailed 3D Models

September 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Captured Dimensions | News | Comments

Captured Dimensions uses around 80 high definition cameras that give extreme detail in a quick round of photos. From there, a team of expert designers take the models and perfect the small details that may be too small to be printed ...

Why Hardware Companies Are Secretly Excellent Startup Opportunities

September 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO Beam Technologies, Founder/CEO Uproar Labs | Blogs | Comments

Traditional hardware products are static, meaning that if the company finds out the customer wants a new feature, a different color, an additional part, etc., then a whole new SKU of that product would need to be developed. Not only is this ...

The Role of Small Part Innovation

September 8, 2014 10:21 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Director for NORGLIDE Bearings & RENCOL Tolerance Rings, Saint-Gobain | Articles | Comments

Research & Development is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces. Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to ... 


The Devil is in the Accounting

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Accounting practices can be a fatal roadblock to continuous improvement programs. If there isn’t a way to associate costs of every kind to the causes, the incentive to fix problems disappears. Worse, sometimes we are incentivized to allow or ...

Bringing Gesture-Control Tech from Hollywood to Conference Rooms

September 5, 2014 12:59 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When you imagine the future of gesture-control interfaces, you might think of the popular science-fiction films “Minority Report” or “Iron Man.” In those films, the protagonists use their hands or wireless gloves to seamlessly scroll through ...

The Future of Plastics Manufacturing in the U.S.

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely ...

3D Printing Filaments Made Functional With Eastman Amphora 3D Polymer

September 4, 2014 3:38 pm | by Eastman Chemical Company | News | Comments

The new low-odor, styrene-free polymer is uniquely suited for the 3D market with benefits in air quality, dimensional stability and regulatory compliance ...               

3D Systems Acquires LayerWise

September 4, 2014 3:22 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems announced that it has acquired Belgium-based LayerWise, a provider of  advanced direct metal 3D printing and manufacturing services. LayerWise delivers quick-turn, 3D-printed metal parts, manufactured on its own proprietary line ...

Chuck Hull, Inventor of 3D Printing, Founder of 3D Systems, Honored for Production Engineering

September 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

The General Pierre Nicolau Award, named after CIRP's founder, is given annually "in recognition of significant and distinguished scientific and industrial contributions to a specific area within the field of production engineering encompassed by ...

Engineering Newswire 106: DOE Wants to Know if We Live in a Hologram

September 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re growing fully functional parts, redesigning the rickshaw, and using a holometer to determine whether or not we live in a hologram ...             

Lockheed Martin's Factory of the Future

September 3, 2014 3:56 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, we are bringing people closer to products and solving challenges in ...

Jetpack Could Enhance Soldier Speed, Agility

September 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by Arizona State University | Videos | Comments

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That's the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ...

Hospitals Reduce Procedure Time, Cost with 3D Printing

September 3, 2014 9:59 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Replica 3DM’s Stratasys Objet24 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers convert patient CT scans into physical 3D printed models that are used as surgical guides to test implants for size and fit pre-surgery. This includes re-bending of titanium implant ...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printed CT Scans Aid Surgeons

September 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Replica 3DM’s Stratasys Objet24 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers convert patient CT scans into physical 3D printed models that are used as surgical guides to test implants for size and fit pre-surgery. This includes re-bending of ...   

3D Printer Could Turn Space Station into Machine Shop

September 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | News | Comments

Riddle: It's the size of a small microwave, and it may alleviate the need for NASA astronauts to wait for resupply ships to arrive at the International Space Station to get some essential items. Answer: A 3-D printer - the first ever to be flown to space ...

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