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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...

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...

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-...

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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 ...

The Impossible to Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night, which celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the brand in China. Designed by GM’s ...


Self-Lacing Shoe Setbacks Taken in Stride

April 20, 2015 2:21 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

When Frederick Labbe was a mechanical engineering student in 2001, he came up with the idea of using weight as a source of energy to lace shoes. Five years later he developed ...

Significant Step Toward a Better Performing Battery

April 17, 2015 1:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken ...

TI LaunchPad Evaluation Kit Now at Mouser

April 16, 2015 4:01 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the MSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad Evaluation Kit from Texas Instruments (TI). This new TI LaunchPad is an easy-to-use rapid-prototyping kit for TI’s new MSP432P401R microcontrollers featuring ...

Video Camera Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 2:18 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered - it can produce an image each second, indefinitely ...

Today in Engineering History: B-52 Bomber Takes Off on Maiden Flight

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 15, 1952, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took off on its maiden flight from Seattle, WA, piloted by Col. Alvin M. “Tex” Johnson. With a length of 159 ft. and a take-off weight of ...


To What Extent Is Your Product Development Process Digitized?

April 15, 2015 9:37 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Articles | Comments

Product development and manufacturing is in a stage of major transformation across the globe. With a message from the market to speed up the development process, manufacturers are consistently looking to improvise their manufacturing ...

Swarming UAVs Fly into the Future

April 14, 2015 1:55 pm | by Office of Naval Research (ONR) | News | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research have announced recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles ...

New Design Makes Treadmill More Like Running Outdoors

April 14, 2015 10:58 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Exercise researchers have developed a new treadmill that automatically changes speed to match the pace of the runner. The automated treadmill uses sonar to tell exactly where the runner is on the ...

This Year's Fight for the Tech Industry: Patent Trolls

April 14, 2015 9:10 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to ...

Handheld 3D Scanner Brings 3D Printing to the Masses

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

3D scanners collect real-world data about the shape and appearance of objects and people, and are typically classified as either contact or non-contact. The earliest digital 3D scanners, called contact probes, were developed in the 1980s ...


LDUUV-INP, Swarming UAVs on Display at Sea-Air-Space

April 10, 2015 2:23 pm | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

For the first time ever, the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle-Innovative Naval Prototype (LDUUV-INP) will be on display to the public during the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) booth ...

High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off with NASA

April 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

This week NASA is hosting more than 30 high school, college, and university rocketry teams at its 15th annual NASA Student Launch event near the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The middle school and high school teams must ...

Infographic: Virtual Simulation vs. Hand Calculations & Physical Prototypes

April 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Fearon, Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Solidworks | News | Comments

Finding a balance between innovation, cost, time, and quality during development is the difference between new product success and failure. Effectively balancing this equation requires a deep understanding of product behavior as quickly ...

Company Successfully Tests Solar-Powered Unmanned Aerial Platform

April 9, 2015 10:39 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Portugal-based startup Quarkson has high hopes for implementing wireless internet from the, and for good reason ...

Measuring Components in 3D Underwater

April 8, 2015 11:21 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Conveying systems for oil and gas, operated in the sea have many important underwater components. The maintenance of such components is elaborate and expensive, as measuring them is complicated. Fraunhofer researchers are ...

Develop an App for Space Exploration with NASA & IBM

April 7, 2015 9:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

IBM will be offering free access to its cloud development program, Bluemix, as part of a collaboration with NASA during a global weekend of coding. The Space Apps challenge will ...

Scientists Take a Deep Dive for Undersea Warriors

April 6, 2015 9:05 am | by David Smalley, ONR Corporate Communications | News | Comments

Office of Naval Research (ONR) officials announced April 3 new research support to develop a prototype diving helmet that could revolutionize diving missions - and provide greater safety for divers. The announcement from ONR's ...

Hands-Free Stun Gun, Convertiplane Among 5 Patents This Week

April 2, 2015 3:23 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The convertiplane has the advantages of being able to hover, and take off and land in confined spaces. However, there are design changes that need to be made to improve upon ...

Solar Cooling System Keeps It Cold for Months

April 2, 2015 12:05 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Maintaining food in places where high temperatures prevail, using little energy at a low cost, it is now possible with Mexican technology, thanks to the creation of a solar cooling system designed by Susana Elvia Toledo Flores. The prototype ...

Engineering Newswire 134: Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 10:09 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

Lockheed Develops Protection Tech for Army Vehicles

March 31, 2015 11:42 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is supporting the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as they develop a new prototype controller for military vehicle active protection systems. The controller will allow armored ...

3D Printing Tech Providing 'Robohand' to 7-Year-Old Girl

March 31, 2015 9:39 am | by John Rogers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old. But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a ...

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