Product Design Engineering http://machinedesign.com/blog/24081/feed en Boeing discriminating against older engineers? http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers <div class="node-body blog-body">One union claims that Boeing is dismantling and disbursing their experienced commercial-engineering workforce for what seem to be “laughably superficial” business reasons … but the real reason it’s moving work to Russia, India, and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ — mostly non-union locations — is for the “wholesale purge of Boeing’s older workforce.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers#comments Product Design Engineering Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 39761 at http://machinedesign.com Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com Movie shows how Vermeer used engineering to paint perfection http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection <div class="node-body blog-body">A movie is by inventor Tim Jenison and his friend Penn Jillette (the Vegas magician) documents eight years of work to recreate art by 17th-Century artist Johannes Vermeer. The art was most likely created through the use of a camera obscura.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 39221 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printing for Hire: The Case of the Persnickety Prop http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop <div class="node-body blog-body">Metrology and 3D-printing distributor Burton Precision helped University of Michigan researchers solve three major CAD problems, so they could make a plastic propeller for a human-powered submarine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment News Product Design Engineering Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 39071 at http://machinedesign.com In a world ... without harnessed electricity ... TESLA http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-without-harnessed-electricity-tesla <div class="node-body blog-body">Nikola Tesla was the greatest inventor of the 19th and 20th centuries, and some aim to give him his due credit at last.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-without-harnessed-electricity-tesla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-without-harnessed-electricity-tesla#comments News Community Product Design Engineering Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:30:00 +0000 38561 at http://machinedesign.com Mainstreaming alert: 3D-printed parts in GE engines and X-ray machines http://machinedesign.com/blog/mainstreaming-alert-3d-printed-parts-ge-engines-and-x-ray-machines <div class="node-body blog-body">When General Electric puts metal 3D-printed parts in its X-ray machines, you know it's gone mainstream. That's what the research summarized in this year's Wohler’s Report on 3D printing also suggests. Here, I explain one application that proves how far 3D printing has come.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/mainstreaming-alert-3d-printed-parts-ge-engines-and-x-ray-machines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/mainstreaming-alert-3d-printed-parts-ge-engines-and-x-ray-machines#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment Medical News Product Design Engineering Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:11:00 +0000 38281 at http://machinedesign.com 3D printing filaments better and cheaper and greener every day http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-filaments-better-and-cheaper-and-greener-every-day <div class="node-body blog-body">As we know, 3D printers make objects but eliminate the waste and high tooling costs of traditional manufacturing. Because the machines print parts off of CAD files, even weird or impossible-to-find parts are more affordable. The one catch: The filament used in the common mode of 3D printing — selective laser sintering (SLS) — can be expensive and limited in its ability to offer good material properties once fused into a part. But there's improvement.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-filaments-better-and-cheaper-and-greener-every-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-filaments-better-and-cheaper-and-greener-every-day#comments 3D Printing News Product Design Engineering Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:27:00 +0000 38131 at http://machinedesign.com $1,500 Foodini 3D prints food with normal kitchen ingredients http://machinedesign.com/blog/1500-foodini-3d-prints-food-normal-kitchen-ingredients <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Over the past several months, we&rsquo;ve seen machines that 3D print food go from silly to intriguingly promising. One of the best we&rsquo;ve seen so far is <strong><a href="http://www.naturalmachines.com/" target="_blank">Foodini</a></strong>, a kitchen appliance made by ironically named <strong>Natural Machines</strong>, Barcelona. It will go on sale soon for about $1,400.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/1500-foodini-3d-prints-food-normal-kitchen-ingredients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/1500-foodini-3d-prints-food-normal-kitchen-ingredients#comments 3D Printing Community Product Design Engineering Fri, 30 May 2014 15:23:00 +0000 37971 at http://machinedesign.com Rant: Spray and gascan nozzles equally idiotic http://machinedesign.com/blog/rant-spray-and-gascan-nozzles-equally-idiotic <div class="node-body blog-body">Last weekend, in a bizarre burst of energy that had me motivated me enough to spraypaint a rusty old Charmglow grill that had become a certifiable eyesore, I dug up an old can of barbecue black Rustoleum spraypaint from our garage. In a development that added insult to injury, I'd soon discover that the nozzle on this spraycan is a Contraption of Infuriation that rivals the Grand Champion of Horrible Designs, the nefarious late-model Blitz nozzle. I'd soon discover that the nozzle on this spraycan is a Contraption of Infuriation that rivals the Grand Champion of Horrible Designs, the nefarious late-model Blitz nozzle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/rant-spray-and-gascan-nozzles-equally-idiotic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/rant-spray-and-gascan-nozzles-equally-idiotic#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Wed, 28 May 2014 20:04:00 +0000 37861 at http://machinedesign.com 3D printing's fate according to a Technology Futurist http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printings-fate-according-technology-futurist <div class="node-body blog-body">I recently had an exchange with Jordan Brandt, a Technology Futurist at Autodesk, about 3D printing. "3D printing is for the last mile of factory automation — so in the next couple of years, expect additive mass-production methods to increase factory automation and product customization," predicts Brandt.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printings-fate-according-technology-futurist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printings-fate-according-technology-futurist#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Mon, 12 May 2014 17:54:00 +0000 37451 at http://machinedesign.com Bosch Rexroth: New manufacturing in the Rustbelt http://machinedesign.com/blog/bosch-rexroth-new-manufacturing-rustbelt <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, I got the chance to tour the expanded facilities of Bosch Rexroth in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The new hydraulics manufacturing and distribution center houses the company's valve and manifold manufacturing center for mobile and industrial hydraulics; the new logistics and distribution facility handles shipments to more than 500 customers, including drive and control distributors. It's a $2.2 million expansion in a town formerly known for steel making.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/bosch-rexroth-new-manufacturing-rustbelt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/bosch-rexroth-new-manufacturing-rustbelt#comments Product Design Engineering Mon, 05 May 2014 15:21:00 +0000 37211 at http://machinedesign.com No brats here: FIRST students smart and earnest http://machinedesign.com/blog/no-brats-here-first-students-smart-and-earnest <div class="node-body blog-body">A couple weeks ago at Cleveland's FIRST Robotics event, I got to meet about 250 high-school kids from about 30 out of the 57 school teams competing. They had great attitudes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/no-brats-here-first-students-smart-and-earnest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/no-brats-here-first-students-smart-and-earnest#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:26:00 +0000 35611 at http://machinedesign.com Not buying it: Walmart Manufacturing Fund too cheap http://machinedesign.com/blog/not-buying-it-walmart-manufacturing-fund-too-cheap <div class="node-body blog-body">Today I got a press release from Walmart announcing a new program to fund innovations in U.S. manufacturing. It says the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund is focused on the development and growth of U.S. But I don't think Walmart is.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/not-buying-it-walmart-manufacturing-fund-too-cheap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/not-buying-it-walmart-manufacturing-fund-too-cheap#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:09:00 +0000 35471 at http://machinedesign.com Clearing the path for autonomous cars http://machinedesign.com/blog/clearing-path-autonomous-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">One company has signed a four-year R&D agreement with researchers from the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory to address some of barriers to autonomous-vehicle design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/clearing-path-autonomous-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/clearing-path-autonomous-cars#comments Product Design Engineering Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:44:00 +0000 34451 at http://machinedesign.com One reader's take on the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) http://machinedesign.com/blog/one-readers-take-north-american-international-auto-show-naias <div class="node-body blog-body">On Monday I received the following note from longtime Machine Design reader, John Swank, Sr., Product Development Engineer. Swank outlines what he considers the best innovations on display.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/one-readers-take-north-american-international-auto-show-naias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/one-readers-take-north-american-international-auto-show-naias#comments Automotive Guest Commentary Product Design Engineering Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:57:00 +0000 33791 at http://machinedesign.com