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NASA’s Flying Saucer

July 22, 2014 3:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The basic Viking parachute design that was used to land vehicles on Mars in 1976 was the same design used to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012. While it has been more than 40 years since the initial mission, many of the technologies haven’t changed, until recently ...

Photos of the Day: Testing NASA’s Supersonic Decelerators

July 22, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The two main technologies being developed as part of NASA'S Low Density Supersonic Decelerator...

Changing 3D Printing, Again

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing has its limits, and even the best printed parts often fall short when it...

Let Dead Ears Lie

July 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I die, please don’t grow pieces of me. Whether the practice is in the name of science, art...

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Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future

July 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that ...

GE Invests $5M to Strengthen Testing Capabilities

July 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that ...

NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

July 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers ...   

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Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Cosel

July 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics has entered into a global distribution agreement with Cosel, a power supply manufacturer. Cosel’s product portfolio includes high-quality, ultra small size AC‑DC switching supplies, state-of the-art technology ...  

World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production

July 18, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE is taking mass production to a lofty new level. The company is pulling 3D printing out of the lab and installing it at the heart of the world’s first factory for printing jet engine fuel nozzles in Auburn, Ala. When it opens in 2015, the ...

Fully Functioning Rapid Prototype Parts

July 17, 2014 2:51 pm | Videos | Comments

Synergeering Group, LLC is a direct service provider of their exclusive, RapidNylon; large, fully functioning rapid prototype parts, produced directly from your CAD in just days. RapidNylon prototype parts are used during development phases ...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Properties of Metal Powders Used for Additive Manufacturing to Be Described in Proposed ASTM Standard

July 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

High grade biomedical implants, automotive and aerospace parts are among the objects that can be made from metal powders using additive manufacturing processes. The makers and users of metal powders will be among those who will ...  

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What Would You Print?

July 15, 2014 2:36 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have all come to the understanding that as 3D printing is becoming more prevalent in the mainstream consumer market, it is becoming even more ubiquitous in the engineering office (if it wasn’t already necessary). Even with this insight ...

Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Solid Concepts

July 15, 2014 11:11 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys announced the acquisitions of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies on April 2, 2014, and will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye, its existing digital manufacturing service business, to establish ...

Hurco Files CNC-Based 3D Printing U.S. Patent Application

July 15, 2014 10:49 am | by Hurco | News | Comments

Hurco Companies, Inc. has announced the company recently filed a U.S. patent application for new technology combining 3D printing and CNC machining. "We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary ...

RocketSkates Travel 12 mph, Weigh 7 Lbs.

July 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000 ...

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark a New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical.The ‘3D Printed Anatomy Series’, developed ...

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Squishy Robots to Switch Between Hard & Soft States

July 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between ...

Engineering Newswire 98: Airbus Details Windowless Cockpit of the Future

July 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re going autonomous with army caravans, seeing the world without any windows, and 3D printing on the fly ...                 

Cockpit of the Future Has Holograms, Augmented Reality

July 10, 2014 10:31 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Last December, Airbus applied for patent that was recently made public, in which the windshield in a commercial aircraft is replaced by a digital image that provides a virtual reconstruction of the outside environment. The new cockpit would ...

June 2014: Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 9, 2014 4:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: Answering I/O Design Challenges; Too Much of a Useless Thing; Searching for Exoplanets; Powering Remote Wireless Devices for 40 Years; Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Material for Medical Tubing; Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines; How to Make Customer Input Useful …

Dropter Project Demonstrates Precision-Landing Capabilities

July 9, 2014 10:11 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating ...

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' Quadcopter to Lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 10:11 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface ...    

How to Drive Innovation & Collaboration in Engineering

July 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

What happens when you bring 1,500 software and hardware entrepreneurs and thought leaders to San Francisco to talk about the future of the Internet of Things? Complete and udder excitement about the future of our connected world ...  

MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader ...

3D Printing Helps Internet-Enabled Wireless Headphones Design Win Recognition

July 7, 2014 4:43 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. has announced that British product design house, Ignitec, has designed and manufactured a new generation of wireless headphones for technology start-up and luxury goods company Audiowings, using its Stratasys ...   

Infiniti Announces Winners of Global Talent Search Set for a Dream Job in Formula One

July 7, 2014 12:04 pm | by Infiniti | News | Comments

Infiniti has announced that two American engineering students have won its global talent search initiative for the career opportunity of a lifetime with World Championship-winning Formula One team, Infiniti Red Bull Racing ...   

How Continuous Improvement Went Horribly Wrong, for Some

July 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

It seems to be commonly accepted that a continuous improvement methodology of some kind is an essential element of successful business. While many have successfully incorporated methods, there are also many tales of failed deployments ...

Engineering Newswire 97: Dragon Chopper Burns Down the Highway

July 2, 2014 1:31 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redressing a McLaren street car for the race track, making the virtual supercar a reality, and making dragons out of motorcycles with Orange County Choppers ...        

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