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No Power Source Needed with Ultra-Thin 3D Display

October 23, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

At first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a market saturated with flashy ...   

Adaptive Zoom Riflescope Has Push-Button Magnification

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military...

Engineering Newswire 113: Lockheed’s Fusion Reactor Fits into a Truck

October 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redefining fusion with a 100-megawatt concept reactor,...

'Smart' Ice Skating Blade Informs Skaters of Stresses

October 21, 2014 1:21 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An ice skating blade that informs figure skaters of the stresses they are imposing on...

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Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Skull Levitates in the Air

October 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Sculpteo | News | Comments

The design company Ao Gitsune worked with Sculpteo to 3D print the skull using an SLS printer and Sculpteo’s polyamide material that was light enough for the levitational constraints ...          

Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce ...

Inflatable Spacecraft Aeroshell Tech for Atmospheric Entry

October 17, 2014 10:24 am | by Kathy Barnstorff, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

For most of us it's hard to imagine that something that is inflated can survive the high heat and friction of space travel, especially atmospheric entry. But a group of NASA engineers, primarily based at NASA's Langley Research Center, have been ...

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Building Better Breast Pumps

October 17, 2014 9:31 am | by Cara Giaimo, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to the MIT Media Lab to play with a different piece of technology — one that hasn’t seen an upgrade in decades.Over the course of that ...    

Interactive Typewriter Allows Communication through Internet Forums

October 16, 2014 1:31 pm | by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool. Joe Hounsham, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology programme at ...  

Big Step in Battling Bladder Disease

October 16, 2014 1:08 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The millions of people worldwide who suffer from the painful bladder disease known as interstitial cystitis (IC) may soon have a better, long-term treatment option, thanks to a controlled-release, implantable device invented by ...  

Creating Medical Devices with Dissolving Metal

October 16, 2014 12:58 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

University of Pittsburgh researchers recently received another $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a combined multi-university, private-industry effort to develop implantable medical devices made from ...   

Engineering Newswire 112: Boeing UAV Completes Secret Space Mission

October 16, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re inverting EV inverters, attempting to destroy an industrial keyboard, and carrying a classified payload to space in a Boeing UAV ...             

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Behind the Hangar Doors of Virgin Galactic

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Virgin Galactic | Videos | Comments

On October 4, 2014 Virgin Galactic celebrated the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize victory by inviting special guests for a 'Behind the Hangar Doors' tour ...              

Building Blocks That Blink, Beep & Teach

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together ...

Robotic Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of ...

Solar Robot Keeps Solar Panels Shining

October 15, 2014 1:08 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Solar panels can get filthy, so to keep them clean Stefan Hamminga designed the Scrobby Solar, a panel cleaning robot ...                     

Flexible Circuits vs. Traditional Printed Circuits

October 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Because of their position in the worldwide printed circuit market, flexible circuits are still a mystery to a lot of electronic product developers. Questions are brought up frequently about their electrical capabilities ...      

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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

October 15, 2014 11:28 am | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

On a good day, flying can be a comfortable and efficient way to travel. But all too often, weather or overcbooking can cause delays that ripple through the system, inducing missed flights, anxiety, discomfort and lots of lost time and money ...

Thanks to NASA, Photo-Based 3D Modeling Is Set to Explode

October 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Accurate 3D modeling of reality can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. High-end lidar imagers use remote-sensing technology to measure distance by directing lasers at an object and analyzing the reflected light. These instruments, which ...

Future Computers Built from Magnetic 'Tornadoes'

October 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations ...

i.materialise Holiday Challenge

October 14, 2014 1:17 pm | by CGTrader | Events

Having joined forces with the 3D printing experts from i.materialise, we are thrilled to present you the i.materialise Holiday challenge that has two distinct categories – silver and ceramics. 3D printing is here to make the Christmas shopping ...

3D Printed Bicycle Accessories Challenge

October 14, 2014 1:02 pm | by CGTrader | Events

Cars are so last season. The world is changing - with the climate change threatening the survival of human beings and gas costs skyrocketing, a record number of people are opting for a much healthier and cheaper commute - cycling ...

3D Printing Kids Challenge

October 14, 2014 12:57 pm | by CGTrader | Events

If your brain is bubbling with ideas, you have a flair for technology and have the guts to go head to head with other young geniuses like yourself, take this challenge and see your inventions come to life. Do you see ways how to improve the ...

Human 3D Design Challenge

October 14, 2014 12:44 pm | by CGTrader | Events

We’re after high-quality, detailed visualizations of male and female bodies that could become a great learning tool used to explore the systems of human body as well as realistic human 3D models that would easily pass the strict scrutiny of video ...

3D Fashion Challenge

October 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by CGTrader | Events

There’s been a lot of discussion and a lot of speculation about the way the fashion industry will be disrupted by 3D printing technology in the near future. Some believe that 3D-printed fashion will take the streets first and then ...

Maker 3D Printing Challenge

October 14, 2014 12:30 pm | by CGTrader | Events

Makers design, create, and construct useful and sustainable products. Recently, 3D designers have begun to join the Makers Movement. CGTrader wants 3D designers to submit any design that involves engineering, building, creating, or ...

Microrobots Armed with New Force-Sensing System to Probe Cells

October 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a ...  

Sensor System to Make a Better Prosthesis Fit

October 14, 2014 11:25 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution ...  

HotSpot: Pin Shaped Battery to Power Wearable Devices

October 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Panasonic has developed a pin shaped lithium-ion battery that features the high reliability and high output required for near-field communications (NFC). With a diameter of 3.5 millimeters and a weight ...  

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