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Engineering Newswire 87: Combat Drone Flies with Twin Fighter & Business Jet

April 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving BMW’s latest concept car, redesigning human legs to fly helicopters, and flying drones in formation with business jets and combat fighters ...                 

Extreme Conversion with Fast Transient Response

April 23, 2014 1:18 pm | by Vince Stueve, FAE & Jayant Rao, Micrel, Inc. | Articles | Comments

What if a simplified, straightforward buck regulator were able to be used for extreme...

Design as an Art Form

April 23, 2014 10:44 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Blogs | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and...

Near-Death Experience Inspires New Design

April 23, 2014 10:23 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but if you add a shell and a self-balancing system, that’s a...

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PCDworks Innovation Firm Launches New Website

April 21, 2014 5:30 pm | by PCDworks | News | Comments

PCDworks, a new product development design and innovation firm, today launched a redesigned website, www.pcdworks.com, aimed to reach a broader audience of new product developers, innovators, and engineers. The new website highlights ...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printed Headdress Is Wearable Art

April 21, 2014 4:50 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

The Quixotic Divinity headdress is the premiere piece of wearable art from Chicago-based artist, and longtime proponent of the 3D-printed medium, Joshua Harker. The headdress debuted on the runway in November 2013 at the 3D Printshow held at ...

Behind the Mask

April 21, 2014 4:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Inspired by the intent to push the limitations of existing technology, laser-sintering system provider EOS sponsored his design, growing (laser sintering) the 8 ½-pound headdress on an EOSINT P 760 additive manufacturing (AM) system ...  

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Programming Computational Wind Tunnels to Save Millions

April 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

It famously took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts to settle on a practical design for the incandescent light bulb. If each crack at a solution had cost him hundreds of millions of dollars, however, he might not have been so keen on using a build ‘em and bust ‘em approach. The companies designing turbines for jet engines ...

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5-Meter Distance

April 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also ...

3D Systems to Acquire Robtec

April 17, 2014 10:29 am | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Robtec. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Robtec is the largest Latin-American additive manufacturing service bureau and ...      

Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water with the HeliCat, and rediscovering physics with electron beams ...              

State Appoints First 'Innovation Officer'

April 17, 2014 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia State University officials say the school has appointed its first chief innovation officer. In a statement, GSU officials said former vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corporation, Phil Ventimiglia, has been tapped to ...

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5 Engineers with Fatally Terrible Inventions

April 16, 2014 9:51 am | by Aubrey Schaefer, Engineer Jobs | Blogs | Comments

If I stopped to count how many engineers have positively affected my life, I would have no time for anything else. Instead, let’s look at those other engineers – the ones with fatally terrible inventions. There have been a few engineers – the misguided, misinformed, or just plain mad ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Airbus Super Jumbo's Luxury Class

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Hofmann Innovation | News | Comments

Anyone who is familiar with a 12-hour long-haul flight from Zurich to Hong Kong knows how strenuous travelling can be, particularly when flying Economy Class. Even in Business Class, the seats are not necessarily luxurious for such a ...

Designing a First Class Airbus Showroom

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Hofmann Innovation | Articles | Comments

Some orders are extraordinary challenges, even for experienced model builders like Modellbau Robert Hofmann. The order for the Airbus Showroom in Toulouse, for which cabin elements, or "mock-ups", needed to be created in a 1:1 scale, was such ...

Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's ...

Photos of the Day: The World's Largest Design Fair

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows Du Pont Corian creations displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. Powermat wireless recharging technology is being incorporated into Corian surfaces, the DuPont creation that can be molded ...

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3 Lessons Learned from the Trenches

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches ...           

Shining New Light on Novel Additive Manufacturing Approach

April 14, 2014 1:17 pm | by James A Bono, LLNL | News | Comments

For nearly a century, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) has been used as a method of coating material by depositing particles of various substances onto the surfaces of various manufactured items. One of the most common and oldest processes that utilize ...

3D Printing, Digital Execution & the Manufacturing Renaissance

April 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies ...

What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

Politics Test Silicon Valley's Russian Ties

April 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. "It's safe to say a lot of investors here are taking ...

Researchers Create 3D-Printed UAV

April 11, 2014 11:36 am | by The University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield have successfully printed a 1.5m-wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a research project looking at ...        

Photos of the Day: Multicopter Transformer Takes Off

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Advanced Tactics | News | Comments

The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed ...    

Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

April 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Advanced Tactics | News | Comments

Advanced Tactics has announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of ...  

Proto Labs Launches Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding

April 10, 2014 3:56 pm | by Proto Labs | News | Comments

At BIOMEDevice Boston at the Boston Convention & Expo Center, Proto Labs announced that their liquid silicone rubber injection molding process is now available through their Protomold Injection Molding Service. Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a thermoset engineering material that is ...

We’re Not Out of Engineers Yet

April 10, 2014 3:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation. If you strike up a conversation with ...

Engineering Newswire 85: Disposable Drones Printed for Cheap Spying

April 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning seawater into fuel, making disposable drones, and taking a look at a Bionic Kangaroo …                   

Photos of the Day: Bionic Kangaroo Hops Around

April 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Festo | News | Comments

A development team from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network spent two years recreating the jumping behaviour of the natural kangaroo as closely as possible and learning from it. The BionicKangaroo now demonstrates exactly what distinguishes ...

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