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World's first 3D-printed metal gun

November 12, 2013 10:58 am Videos Comments

Introducing metal 3D printing to the world as a viable solution for fully functional firearm prototypes. At http://www.solidconcepts.com, you can learn more about the reliability, usability, durability and accuracy of DMLS as a functioning prototype or product, and this gun is a successful demonstration of each of those attributes.

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Engineering Newswire 64: New hypersonic jet strikes anywhere in less than an hour

November 11, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Son of Blackbird: Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has recently revealed its plans for a hypersonic aircraft that will go twice the speed of the SR-71. The SR-72 twin-engine aircraft is expected to travel at Mach 6, with the ability to strike targets. At this speed, no enemy would have time to react or hide.

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Engineering Update #32: The world's fastest civilian aircraft

November 7, 2013 11:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

The Cessna citation X was recently confirmed by the FAA as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world blowing past the current record holder, the Gulfstream G650 at a speed of mach .935 to the Gulfstreams unimpressive Mach .925. On the other side of the speed scale, the town of Milton-Keynes in England is replacing its public buses with a pod system that will rocket passengers around the city at a whiplash-inducing 12 mph.

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Human touch makes robots smarter: On learning context-driven user preferences

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm Videos Comments

In this video, the robot does not know how to move a knife safely and learns through Interactive zero-G and tablet touch user interaction on Baxter for grocery checkout application. With high degree-of-freedom manipulators, one needs to find a trajectory that is not only valid from a geometric point-of-view (i.e., feasible and obstacle-free, the criterion that most existing planners focus on), but also satisfy the user's preferences.

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Kickstarter of the Week: This sensor hacks your home

November 5, 2013 8:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are hacking our home with Neurio, a new home automation system from Energy Aware Technology. Neurio is seeking funding on Kickstarter and hoping to change the way we interact with our homes by making our ordinary appliances smarter.

Engineering Newswire 63: Space glider skids off runway

November 1, 2013 9:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're keeping things cool with a microwave, walking the walk with bipedal robots, solving traffic jam mysteries, and skidding off the runway with a space glider. This week's episode features: Space Glider Skids: Sierra Nevada recently conducted the first free-flight approach-and-landing test of the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft, but things didn't end smoothly.

Engineering Update #31: A 5kW handheld laser torch and the Lexus portrait painter

October 31, 2013 1:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

In this week's headlines: TWI develops a handheld 5kW laser torch: The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has developed a powerful laser projector that resembles a rifle. Lexus creates a portrait painting system: Lexus has turned the art of automobiles into a reality with the Art is Motion system.

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Engineering Newswire 62: Shock your boss with a cell phone taser

October 29, 2013 12:02 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features....

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Omron DC Power Relays

October 28, 2013 2:50 pm Videos Comments

Since the birth of the relay industry in 1960, Omron has continued to produce leading-edge relays to meet customer needs. DC power relays are a new range of products developed for applications such as clean energy vehicles and storage batteries for homes, in response to the rapidly growing trend in many different fields to use renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

Engineering Update #30: The McLaren P1 is the hybrid supercar of the future

October 24, 2013 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update. I'm Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN. In this week's episode: The McLaren p1 is a long-awaited supercar featuring a hybrid engine and, luckily for us, the company has just released the specs for this ridiculous machine.

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Kickstarter of the Week: This robotic bartender knows your favorite drink

October 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are pouring ourselves a drink with Monsieur, the world's first artificially intelligent robotic bartender. With access to more than 300 drink recipes, Monsieur becomes your very own personal butler....

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Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg cockroaches map collapsed buildings

October 18, 2013 9:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're designing touch-free interfaces, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, "what women want." This episode features: Robots in Disguise: Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that uses a swarm of insect cyborgs to map collapsed buildings.

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Engineering Update #29: Brain-reading devices and interactive paper generators

October 17, 2013 11:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.

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RapidFIRE: Top ten 3D printers

October 15, 2013 2:41 pm Videos Comments

PD&D recently had the opportunity to review a couple of desktop 3D printers, the LulzBot TAZ and the Afinia H479 from Saelig. The review, while enlightening, only left us thirsting for more. Now that TAZ has shipped out, all that remains is a hole in a cube that begs to be filled.

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Engineering Update #28: The car designed for a zombie apocalypse

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

If you're worried about the impending Zombie apocalypse have we got a car for you. The zombie-pocolypse prototype car was designed by a Walking Dead fan via the Walking Dead Chop Shop app, which allows users to customize three Hyundai models into the perfect anti-zombie car.

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