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Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 20, 2014 2:39 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens...

The end of privacy as we know it

November 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance....

Next stop, planet electronica!

November 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for...

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The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Articles | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

5 keys to engaging a product development partner

October 27, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Blogs | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management....

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The skills gap & why we need a modern Rosie the Riveter

October 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States ...

Why I'm bullish on OLED lighting in automotive

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling industry for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry is now entering a phase of concerted efforts to achieve commercialization on a wider scale. OLED lighting is inching toward mass production, particularly for industrial and large-scale....

Banning plastic bags may be bad science

October 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Manufacturing.net comment boards blew up when California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a state-wide plastic bag ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, and liquor shop....

Get off your computer

October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

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11 ways to keep data safe when traveling overseas

September 24, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jeff Multz, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.” Computers, mobile phones and any other electronic devices that contain personal ...

Powering the Internet of Things: New technologies for new markets

September 24, 2014 9:01 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The Internet-of-Things (IoT), a proliferation of multitudes of interconnected sensors and processors, is arguably the most disruptive shift in technology since the origination of the Internet itself. It's a complex universe spanning communications....

4 design fails of the week

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

After four reports of suspension fittings breaking during use, IKEA is recalling its GUNGGUNG child’s swing. In one of these incidents, a child fell and fractured a leg. The recall involves 2,000 units in the U.S., and 300 in Canada....

5 steps to developing an introvert's superpower

September 19, 2014 11:05 am | by Dave Gennrich, Mechanical Engineer & Project Manager, Design Concepts | Blogs | Comments

Do you know someone who can absorb a vast amount of complex information about a problem and combine it into a cohesive, elegant solution? An introvert is uniquely suited to develop this superpower; solving problems with multiple interrelated constraints....

5 things to look for when evaluating an engineering design firm

September 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I’m a product management and development professional and I’ve worked with organizations such as General Electric, Ericsson, Honeywell, Meritor (formerly a division of Rockwell International), and others in the private sector. Most of my work ...

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A tech fix for texting while driving

September 18, 2014 9:09 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By now, almost everybody with a cellphone and a car knows that it's a bad idea to text while you're driving. But people still do it, and some of those people die in text-related car crashes and take innocent victims with them. What if technology existed....

Talent shortages? Blame salary, not just training

September 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, MNET | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers ...

What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 15, 2014 8:37 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

The new backup imperative for manufacturers in the digital era

September 12, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | Blogs | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include....

Top technological discoveries of humankind

September 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ever wonder what discovery or inventions created or started the foundations for today’s society? How far do we have to go back in our history to find the first person to use ideas that we take for granted today? How many things are just refinements....

The advanced materials revolution

September 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries. Here are just a few of materials created by the U.S....

How much does fantasy football cost employers?

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby — it’s a mega-revenue generating business....

How OLED lighting could "save" the OLED industry

August 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Lawrence Gasman, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Ever since LCD displays came to dominate the living room, the desktop and mobile communications, new technologies claiming superiority over LCD have made their pitches. Most have failed. Plasma displays (PDPs) and electrophoretic displays (EPDs) made waves for a while....

Technology: Our savior or our downfall?

August 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Probably one of those topics that people have been debating since someone brought back the first burning stick and started a fire.  “Progress, who needs it?”  Well, in a lot of ways, we all need it.  At our present world population figure of 7 billion and counting, we could hardly live without it....

5 essential building blocks for a thriving work culture

August 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Adam Witty, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Staff your team with A-players; they’re worth the wait....

5 ways to steal your innovations

August 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

It is the dream of most small manufacturers to invent a new product and sell it to a larger company to handle all of the manufacturing and marketing. The dream includes getting a big upfront payment and then relaxing as the royalty or other payments come in....

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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