Devising devious designs

Network television may seem like an unlikely source for manufacturing innovation, but don’t say that to the designers of the robots competing in season two of ABC’s BattleBots (a 10-episode run started Thursday, June 23). Two competitors in the show turned to Proto Labs for prototyping and end-use parts for their warrior robots’ “devious designs,” […]

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Latest 3D printing technology manipulates liquid metal through magnetism for faster build speed

The latest 3D printing technology to emerge for working with metal materials is MagnetoJet technology from new startup, Vader Systems. This patent pending MagnetoJet technology is based on Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD) or the manipulation of liquid metal through magnetism, and Liquid Metal Jet Printing (LMJP). In a MagnetoJet machine, such as the Mk 1, […]

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Safety PLC ensures safe crane operation

Congestion is a problem at major construction sites as builders exploit the available building space and work to complete projects faster. The workhorse tower crane is critical to the efficiency of such sites, and crane operators often have to work in complex 3D space envelopes with many potential collision zones. But safety PLCs are helping

What’s new in metal additive manufacturing standards

Standards for metal material and additive manufacturing machines and process are under continuous development, with ASTM and ASTM International spearheading them.  Carl Dekker, President of Met-L-Flo Inc., is also…

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Is ‘open innovation’ just another word for outsourcing?

“Open innovation” techniques are getting a lot of attention because they promise to drastically speed up the process of bringing new products to market. But is OI just the buzzword of the week? Is it a fancy way of saying “outsourcing?” In this short podcast, product development expert Brad Goldense of the Goldense Group Inc.

Editors On Topic: Human-Like Robots Podcast

Design World editors sit down to discuss the progress of more human-like robots and their uses and implications. To watch the video, click here.  

Editors On Topic: Is There a Shortage of Engineers? Podcast

Design World editors sit down to discuss the number of young engineers versus companies’ demand for them. To watch the video, click here.

Editors On Topic: The Internet of Things Podcast

Design World editors sit down to discuss the evolving programmable world we’re living in and how the “Internet of Things” is impacting design. To watch the video, click here.

Editors On Topic: Is Nuclear Power Considered A Green Energy Source? Podcast

The editors at Design World sit down at the roundtable and discuss nuclear power, and if it really is a green source of energy or not. To watch the video, click here.

Editors On Topic: Metric vs Imperial Podcast

Design World editors sit down and discuss the Metric vs Imperial measurement system, and whether each is here to stay or go. To watch the video, click here.

Editors on Topic: Self-Driving Cars

Design World editors sit down and discuss driverless cars, and if they are a reality or not.

Editors on Topic: Alien Technology and Space Exploration

Design World editors sit down and discuss space exploration, and whether or not alien life exists.

Editors on Topic: 3D Printed Guns

Design World editors sit down and discuss the recent developments with 3D Printed Guns.

Editors On Topic: Amazon Prime Air Drones

Design World editors sit down and discuss the recently announced Amazon Prime Air Drone.

Digital Controller Technology for Solid-State Lighting

Ikon Semiconductor’s integrated circuit (IC), for the dimmable LED retrofit market, is designed to meet cost and performance standards for today’s LED lighting products, while enabling greater design simplicity for bulb manufacturers and OEMs. Its IC solutions match the efficiency of comparative two-stage architectures, but with up to 25 percent fewer components. With broad dimmer

Winning the Proto Labs Cool Idea aware for the Quadshot remote controlled aircraft

The Quadshot is a remote-controlled aircraft combining the stability and control of a helicopter with the speed and maneuverability of an airplane. The creative minds behind the innovative technology just won a Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award. 
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How to Choose the Right Bus for Your Measurement System

You have hundreds of different data acquisition (DAQ) devices to choose from, each with a variety of compatible buses. It can be difficult to select the right bus for your application needs. Each bus has different advantages and is optimized for throughput, latency, portability, or distance from a host. This podcast examines the most common PC bus options and

How to choose the right DAQ hardware for your measurement system

Design World Senior Editor Evan Yares speaks with Chris Delvizis, Product Manager for National Instruments, about how to choose the right DAQ hardware for your measurement system. Delvizis explains about the different type of DAQ devices that are available, and talks about the important factors you need to understand, including signal conditioning, sampling rate, resolution,

How to choose the right sensor for your measurement system

Design World Editorial Director Paul J. Heney discusses all things sensors with Jim Schwartz, CompactDAQ Product Marketing Engineer for National Instruments. Schwartz explains the types of sensors available, what they do, common measurements that they take and what kind of signals are created for each. In addition, he talks about some of the issues that

Tips for selecting the best flexible tubing

Paul Heney, editorial director of Design World speaks with Todd Grayson VP, National Accounts & Marketing for Crushproof Tubing Company about best practices in flexible tubing selection.

Sunstone now offers a stencils services for PCB fabrication

Al Secchi, Customer Service Manager at Sunstone Circuits, talks with Joe Gorse about Sunstone’s latest integrated PCB fabrication offering of stencils which bring designers one step closer to manufacturing processes during prototyping and removes some elements of human error in hand-soldering.

CUI releases 720 W, quarter brick, wide input, dc-dc power converter with leading 445 W/in^3 power density

CUI releases Solus Power Topology, a part of the Novum Advanced Power product line, which is a 720 W quarter brick dc-dc converter with 36-60 Vdc input, 12 Vdc output (with plans to extend in the future), and an industry leading 445 W/in^3 power density. Jeff Smoot, VP of Engineering at CUI, and Joe Gorse,

More details on the newest FDM printer from Stratasys

Stratasys introduced a smaller FDM machine to its product line. I was very intrigued with its size and wanted to learn more about why Stratasys created this product. I interviewed product manager Mary Stanley and we discussed the direction of additive manufacturing and the niche the new Fortus 250mc line will play.  Take a listen.

Key features of AMF, the replacement file format for STL

In an interview with Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor of Design World magazine and Editor of Make Parts Fast, Professor Hod Lipson of Cornell University discusses some of the key features of the new additive manufacturing file format, which can be used instead of STL.

The new additive manufacturing file format replacement for STL

In an interview with Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor of Design World magazine and Editor of Make Parts Fast, Professor Hod Lipson of Cornell University, discusses why the development of AMF is necessary.