Product Design Engineering http://machinedesign.com/blog/24081/feed 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 Book review: Motion Sensing for Autonomous Systems http://machinedesign.com/blog/book-review-motion-sensing-autonomous-systems <div class="node-body blog-body">Motion Vision: Design of Compact Motion Sensing Solutions for Navigation of Autonomous Systems is now out in hardcover. Published by the British organization called the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Motion Vision is written for designers working in controls engineering and looking to incorporate machine vision into their application.</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/book-review-motion-sensing-autonomous-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/book-review-motion-sensing-autonomous-systems#comments Product Design Engineering Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:20:00 +0000 31271 at http://machinedesign.com Huge backing for $100 3D printer, but remember caveats http://machinedesign.com/blog/huge-backing-100-3d-printer-remember-caveats <div class="node-body blog-body">One new 3D printer approaches additive manufacturing in a whole new way. Called the Peachy Printer, the machine moves a laser beam in X and Y directions to cure a fluid resin (by photolithography) but moves the laser around the X and Y with a command signal in the form of an audio stream. Just remember that this is a prototype-level machine.</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/huge-backing-100-3d-printer-remember-caveats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/huge-backing-100-3d-printer-remember-caveats#comments 3D Printing Product Design Engineering Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:42:00 +0000 30601 at http://machinedesign.com Survey results: Manufacturers tell how they implement change http://machinedesign.com/blog/survey-results-manufacturers-tell-how-they-implement-change <div class="node-body blog-body">Tech-Clarity surveyed dozens of manufacturers that excel at implementing factory change — manufacturers that meet project due dates, meet budgets, and meet target production volumes. Here are the results.</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/survey-results-manufacturers-tell-how-they-implement-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/survey-results-manufacturers-tell-how-they-implement-change#comments Engineering Essentials Product Design Engineering Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:44:00 +0000 28841 at http://machinedesign.com Case study: Motion controls in semiconductor wire bonder http://machinedesign.com/blog/case-study-motion-controls-semiconductor-wire-bonder <div class="node-body blog-body">Controlling the wire-bonding process is tricky — requiring high accelerations, short move and settle times, high accuracy, and high throughput. Bonding machines must weld delicate connections with wire at breakneck speeds. Here we review the controls on the latest wire-bonding iterations.</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/case-study-motion-controls-semiconductor-wire-bonder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/case-study-motion-controls-semiconductor-wire-bonder#comments Product Design Engineering Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:27:00 +0000 28751 at http://machinedesign.com Case study: Artist 3D prints tiny hammers http://machinedesign.com/blog/case-study-artist-3d-prints-tiny-hammers <div class="node-body blog-body">Nimer Aleck comments on our culture of consumption through the juxtaposition of 3D printer technologies and handmade craftsmanship.</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/case-study-artist-3d-prints-tiny-hammers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/case-study-artist-3d-prints-tiny-hammers#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:01:00 +0000 28671 at http://machinedesign.com <p> Nimer Aleck&rsquo;s art includes a three-headed hammer.</p>