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Where Will 3D Technology Take Us Next?

May 22, 2015 9:32 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

From TE Connectivity’s unveiling of a fully functional 3D printed motorcycle to Forecast 3D’s reveal of a race car with more than 70 3D printed parts, the show floor was alive with innovation and ingenuity. The motorcycle ...

Bat-Inspired Sonar System Unveiled

May 21, 2015 2:53 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Rolf Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at...

How to Deal With Broken Parts through Reverse Engineering

May 19, 2015 5:13 pm | by Nikunj Patel, Design Engineer, Hi-Tech CADD Services | Articles | Comments

Despite the application of robust engineering and design skills, parts break due to many...

Engineering Racing Greatness: The Car

May 19, 2015 11:41 am | by TE Connectivity | Videos | Comments

What does it take to be first on race day? The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s largest single-...

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'Reuseum' Spurs Kids' Passion for Technology

May 19, 2015 10:51 am | by Ryan Struyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination. Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at ...

Today in Engineering History: X-1E Damaged After Mach 2 Flight

May 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 15, 1957, the X-1E research aircraft, piloted by NACA pilot Joe Walker, was damaged during landing after a Mach 2 flight. Due to the incurred damage, repairs continued throughout the ...

Portable Beer Dispensing System Among 5 Patents This Week

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, this invention is “easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, [and] portable.” And? It’s for beer ...

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World's First Mercury-Free Film-Type UV Light Source

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Kobe University | News | Comments

The Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Medicine have jointly developed the world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications ...

Photos of the Day: Google's Newest Self-Driving Car Takes to the Road

May 15, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving, Google says. It looks like a Smart car with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards ...

MIT Students Get Serious About Toy Development

May 14, 2015 1:41 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

“This is the funnest class at MIT,” declared Maria Yang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and an instructor of course 2.00b (Toy Product Design), as she introduced the final presentations of toys that ...

DOE Announces $60M for 23 New Projects

May 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $60 million in funding for 23 groundbreaking new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies ...

Engineering Newswire 139: Flying Car Crash Lands in Test Flight

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re upgrading our phones with a new smartphone case, testing the limits of a flying car, and shedding weight from the army’s machine gun ...

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Today in Engineering History: Development of Tubeless Tires Announced

May 11, 2015 1:43 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 11, 1947, the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio announced its development of a tubeless tire. Goodrich’s innovation eliminated the need for an inner tube by trapping the pressurized air within ...

Unmanned Ripsaw Could Lead Soldiers into Battle

May 11, 2015 12:06 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Ripsaw Unmanned Ground Vehicle might someday take point and lead Army combat formations across enemy terrain. The unmanned vehicle, though still in development, has been tested and is ...

Intelligent Screwdriver for Safer Surgery

May 11, 2015 9:47 am | by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

The last place that anyone wants to be is on an operating table. If we are, it is good to know that the latest technology is being used to make the procedure safer and quicker. Pro-Dex Inc., a U.S.-based designer, developer and ...

Laser Ablation Propulsion Among 5 Patents This Week

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The United States of America (as represented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator) has been assigned a rocket propulsion patent, specifically for a ...

3D Printed Gun Makers File Lawsuit in First Amendment Fight

May 8, 2015 9:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Gun manufacturing advocacy group Defense Distributed and  gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation have filed a lawsuit against the State Department in the battle over a 3D-printed pistol ...

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New Laser Process Custom Shapes Optical Fibers

May 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated series manufacture of these ...

How Additive Manufacturing Can Improve Prototyping Foam Parts

May 7, 2015 9:17 am | by Stratasys Direct Blog | Blogs | Comments

Did you drive in to work today? Perhaps you are reading this on an office chair or couch? You likely don’t realize it, but we come into contact with foam-based products dozens of times throughout the day. Seat cushions, arm ...

High-Strength Aluminum Powder for High-Tech Components

May 6, 2015 4:58 pm | by Airbus APWorks | News | Comments

Metal laser melting is enjoying increasing popularity. The method has made the successful leap from rapid prototyping to an approved manufacturing technology. In principle, any material that is weldable can be processed ...

Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions From Tiny Brain Implants

May 1, 2015 10:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1997, Cathy Hutchinson suffered a brainstem stroke that left her paralyzed from the neck down. But in 2011, she was able to pick up a Thermos filled with coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again ...

Engineering Newswire 137: Modular Robotic Vehicle Moves Like a Crab

April 30, 2015 11:24 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re drifting into the future with NASA’s next generation vehicle technology, floating solar panels on ponds, and tearing down the Apple Watch ...

Photos of the Day: Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge Winners

April 28, 2015 9:44 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

This worldwide contest gives students in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions the opportunity to redesign an existing product or to create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished ...

New Taser System Among 5 Patents This Week

April 24, 2015 12:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent, assigned to TASER International, cites the desirability to improve the accuracy with which Taser electrodes strike a target, and the need for a user interface capable of multiple functions ...

Top Product Development Cost Contributors & Ways to Optimize Them

April 24, 2015 9:22 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Articles | Comments

It is of paramount importance for any manufacturing firm to maintain an optimized product to survive in a cut throat competitive market. In a present scenario, every manufacturer tries to achieve a balance between producing products ...

Industrial Virtual Factory Lowers Costs & Reduces Emissions

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

In collaboration with European companies and research institutes, VTT has developed a cloud-based, easily customized, modular software platform for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production ...

Finding Strength in 3D Printing

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong and light-weight material, but has traditionally been relegated to aerospace and automotive markets. "Now, it’s for anybody who wants parts as strong as metal," says Greg Mark, MarkForged CEO ...

April 2015: Designing a Firefighting Robot

April 22, 2015 2:46 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D we are designing a firefighting robot and screening infants for hearing loss with a BPA-free hearing screener. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: What are some of the security risks involved with the ...

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