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Engineering Update Episode #117: Brick-laying robot can build a house in two days

July 2, 2015 9:45 am Videos Comments

This new robot can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, a 3D CAD design calculates the location of each brick, then uses its telescopic arm to set them in place and secures them with mortar—all from one set position.  

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These 10 women should replace Hamilton on the $10 bill

July 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Melissa Fassbender Videos Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that they would be replacing Alexander Hamilton with a woman (at least on the $10 bill.) The ECN and PDD editors had a few ideas on who that replacement should be...

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Engineering Update #116: Test firing a 3D printed thruster

June 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

We’re 3D printing a lot of stuff these days. But with each discovery it seems the 3D printing items are evolving in terms of sophistication and application...

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POSITAL Position and Motion Sensors: A Million Possibilities

June 22, 2015 11:24 am Videos Comments

See how POSITAL’s advanced product selection and manufacturing systems team up to deliver encoders, inclinometers and linear position sensors that meet your most demanding requirements. Over a million possible configurations – find what you need quickly and easily at www.posital.com

Engineering Update #115: NASA’s new deep space CubeSats

June 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

In 2016, NASA will launch its next mission to Mars and flying with it will be the first deep space CubeSats to hit the skies. Though the small modular spacecraft featuring off the shelf parts...

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Engineering Update #114: A new challenger to Space X

June 11, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

For a few years, Space X has seemed to dominate the world of private space launch, but AirBus is stepping into the ring with a reusable first stage launch vehicle....

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Engineering Update #113: World’s first facial-recognition ATMs

June 4, 2015 9:27 am | by by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

The world’s first facial-recognition ATMs will soon be available in China. To take out cash using the new ATMs, users will stand in front of a camera that compares the facial features of the withdrawal with a photo database. No match? No cash....

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Engineering Update #112: Record-breaking hydrogen car

May 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

A hydrogen powered racing car built by Tu Delft has successful completed a lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which makes it the fastest...

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Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices. Vortices are created when wind moves around a barrier in its path.

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Engineering Newswire: Army M249 Squad Automatic Weapon sheds the pounds

May 15, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg Videos Comments

U.S. Army engineers redesigned and lightened the M249 machine gun, taking it down from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. The M249, formerly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon has even taken a different name – the Cased Telescoped Light Machine Gun, or CT LMG.

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Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

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Engineering Newswire: Air-powered car claims zero pollution

May 7, 2015 1:50 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy Videos Comments

Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the developer of the tiny car AIRPod, plans to produce and sell the first compressed air-powered car in the United States by the second half of 2015. The AIRPod, which is marketed as THE solution to urban pollution and ...

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Engineering Update #109: NASA’s 10-engine tiltrotor drone

May 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

At first glance, NASA’s new 10-engine drone looks like someone Frankensteined together a C-130, V-22 Osprey, and a Harrier for good measure. So naturally, they dubbed it the GL-10 Greased Lightning. The Greased Lightning is a battery powered, diesel-electric hybrid....

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How an all-girls engineering class is changing education

May 4, 2015 7:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta Videos Comments

Say what you will about STEM education, but no one wants the be the "only" in a class. You don't want to be the only senior in a sea of freshman or the only boy in a group of girls or, in this case, the only girl in an engineering class.

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Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg Videos Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

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