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Mar 15, 2017

Battle of the Skills Gap: The Present vs. the Future4

At a recent press conference, I attended a session on the skills gap and how to address the ever-growing problem. Currently the number of skilled....More
Mar 03, 2017

In Defense of "Lazy" Millennial Engineers15

How did many of the engineers of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s get started with engineering? With many of the engineers I speak to, it was via tinkering....More
Feb 06, 2017

The Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show Is Bringing the Future to You

Here at Machine Design, we talk about “Smart Manufacturing” quite a bit. It goes by other names like the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT (....More
Jan 20, 2017

FIRST Robotics Dives into the World of STEAMworks2

Steam power was one of the great inventions to come out of the Industrial Revolution. Prior to the early 1800s, water and wind were the main sources....More
Dec 28, 2016

The Demands Placed on Engineers for 20171

Siri, Alexa, and Google Home are just some of the automated home network systems available to consumers in 2016. These systems operate lights,....More
Dec 12, 2016

Holiday Gifts for the DIY Tinkerer Engineer

If you know an engineer (or even looking for a gift for yourself), here is a list of do-it-yourself home engineering tool gifts for the holidays....More
Sep 27, 2016

Is Engineering Employment in Danger or Is It Being Redefined?8

In this year’s Salary and Career Report coming out in October, we captured some impressive numbers for engineering salaries. According to our survey....More
Sep 14, 2016

In Person with “Olli,” Your New Autonomous Vehicle Valet2

This year at the International Manufacturing and Technology Show (IMTS) 2016, Local Motors had a hit on their hands with Olli....More
Sep 09, 2016

What to Expect from the 2016 IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest manufacturing technology trade show, with a long history of featuring current and....More
Sep 01, 2016

How the Internet of Things Changed the Olympics

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games were enhanced by the world of IoT, bringing forth a new means by which to view them....More
Aug 17, 2016

Does Virtual Reality Have a Future in Engineering?1

What if you could interact with your CAD model? You sit all day at a desk designing a virtual object to be as close as possible to its physical....More
Jun 21, 2016

Connecting the Digital World with Manufacturing1

What does it take to make something? What tools do you need to take an original idea from the design board to actual physical production?....More
Jun 06, 2016

An American in Germany: Lessons from Hannover Messe 2016

Before working for Machine Design, I had worked primarily with U.S.-based engineering firms. I would say that my trip to Hannover Messe 2016....More
May 04, 2016

Where Has All the TV Science Gone?3

How do you expose kids to science? When I was young, before I started serious science classes, it was television....More
Apr 20, 2016

Smart Cities Need Connectivity to Thrive

Philips Lighting aims to bring interconnected streetlights to major cities....More
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