Product Design Engineering http://machinedesign.com/blog/24081/feed Existing and emerging technologies immediately applicable to product design, as well as industry trends that promise to change engineering. en 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 Good for GM is good for Detroit: Separating wheat from chaff http://machinedesign.com/blog/good-gm-good-detroit-separating-wheat-chaff <div class="node-body blog-body">What's good for General Motors is good for the country, as they say. In this case, it was essential for survival that GM separated the wheat from the chaff — in the 2009 OldCo-NewCo restructuring — which kept moneymaking brands and divested stinker products losing money. Now, the people of Detroit could do the same thing for their city.</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/good-gm-good-detroit-separating-wheat-chaff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/good-gm-good-detroit-separating-wheat-chaff#comments automotive industry Detroit politics Rustbelt Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:20:00 +0000 33561 at http://machinedesign.com <p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:Geneva; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-alt:Times; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Cambria","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} p {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Cambria","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </style> </p> <p>2009 photo of Packard plant in Detroit by <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAbandoned_Packard_Automobile_Factory_Detroit_200.jpg">Albert Duce</a>. <a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html">Some rights reserved.</a></p> How I 3D printed my face onto a sphinx, and how you can too http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-i-3d-printed-my-face-sphinx-and-how-you-can-too <div class="node-body blog-body">Our office just got our grubby little collective hands on an Afinia H-Series 3D printer. Naturally, the only choice I had was to immediately stop editing articles and monkey around with it to create a goofy statue of myself.</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/how-i-3d-printed-my-face-sphinx-and-how-you-can-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-i-3d-printed-my-face-sphinx-and-how-you-can-too#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:21:00 +0000 32931 at http://machinedesign.com Rockwell rewards mishmosh of FIRST student designs http://machinedesign.com/blog/rockwell-rewards-mishmosh-first-student-designs <div class="node-body blog-body">Rockwell Automation is passing out $10,000 to reward students who won the company's Engineering Our Future video contest. Winners were selected by popular vote.</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/rockwell-rewards-mishmosh-first-student-designs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/rockwell-rewards-mishmosh-first-student-designs#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:02:00 +0000 32801 at http://machinedesign.com Does this $59 3D-printed figurine make me look fat? http://machinedesign.com/blog/does-59-3d-printed-figurine-make-me-look-fat <div class="node-body blog-body">Artec Group now offers an online service at the website that lets you make accurate figurines of yourself and others. It uses a commercial 3D body sensor sold for use with the popular Xbox 360 gaming console to scope out your body and make a virtual 3D model of you.</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/does-59-3d-printed-figurine-make-me-look-fat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/does-59-3d-printed-figurine-make-me-look-fat#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:37:00 +0000 32311 at http://machinedesign.com <p> Scan yourself and your friends! Then upload the scan to Shapify. Some days later, you&rsquo;ll get your miniature figurines &mdash;1/20th physical representations of you and your compadres. Each figurine is $59 (with free delivery in the U.S. and all of Europe. Elsewhere? No worries: Artec says delivery services to other countries is coming soon.</p> Telepresence robot gives me wicked case of the giggles http://machinedesign.com/blog/telepresence-robot-gives-me-wicked-case-giggles <div class="node-body blog-body">Yesterday I took a test drive of a remote-presence device made by Suitable Technologies, and met my esteemed colleague and fellow editor, Bill Wong, of Electronic Design. Here's what happened.</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/telepresence-robot-gives-me-wicked-case-giggles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/telepresence-robot-gives-me-wicked-case-giggles#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:32:00 +0000 31861 at http://machinedesign.com Cali dreamin' of 3D printing http://machinedesign.com/blog/cali-dreamin-3d-printing <div class="node-body blog-body">Now at one of the few independent architecture schools in the U.S., a new Robot House equipped with four robots is giving students and researchers an environment to emulate, simulate, and animate designs with computational geometry and fabrication logistics.</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/cali-dreamin-3d-printing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/cali-dreamin-3d-printing#comments 3D Printing Product Design Engineering Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:06:00 +0000 31461 at http://machinedesign.com