Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en NASA Explores Supersonic Decelerators for Martian Landings http://machinedesign.com/technologies/nasa-explores-supersonic-decelerators-martian-landings <div class="node-body article-body">NASA is working to increase payload size for Mars missions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/technologies/nasa-explores-supersonic-decelerators-martian-landings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/technologies/nasa-explores-supersonic-decelerators-martian-landings#comments Technologies Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 39211 at http://machinedesign.com <p class="NoParagraphStyle" style="line-height: normal;">NASA recently tested its new SIAD design by dropping it from a high-altitude balloon at 120,000 ft off the coast of Hawaii. The SIAD performed so well, NASA got the opportunity to test its new supersonic parachute, which is almost a year ahead of schedule. But the parachute did not deploy properly. NASA is now studying data from the black box that was aboard the test capsule to fix the chute for the next set of test flights early next year.</p> Making Alloys More Like Bamboo to Increase their Strength http://machinedesign.com/metals/making-alloys-more-bamboo-increase-their-strength <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers are making alloys more like bamboo to increase their strength.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/making-alloys-more-bamboo-increase-their-strength" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/making-alloys-more-bamboo-increase-their-strength#comments Metals Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 39191 at http://machinedesign.com Defeat the Safety Interlock, Lose a Hand (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/defeat-safety-interlock-lose-hand-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><div> <span style="font-size: 13px;">The human element is often the weakest link in the pursuit of safety &mdash; something frequently illustrated by workers bypassing a critical safety device. Common excuses for such modifications...</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39181 at http://machinedesign.com Defeat the Safety Interlock, Lose a Hand http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/defeat-safety-interlock-lose-hand <div class="node-body article-body">Equipment manufacturers may not be able to control the actions of equipment users, but they can reduce the temptation to disable critical interlocks by striving to improve the human factor performance of their products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/defeat-safety-interlock-lose-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/defeat-safety-interlock-lose-hand#comments Contributing Technical Experts Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 39171 at http://machinedesign.com Compact Valves Combine High Flow, Extreme Reliability http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/compact-valves-combine-high-flow-extreme-reliability <div class="node-body article-body">Compact Valves Combine High Flow, Extreme Reliability</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/compact-valves-combine-high-flow-extreme-reliability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/compact-valves-combine-high-flow-extreme-reliability#comments Pneumatics News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 39151 at http://machinedesign.com Essential Work Tools of a Machine-Tool Designer (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>As a design manager, I am acutely aware of how important it is to have the right tools at hand to help complete a project. After all, it is my job to design some of the most powerful and accurate...</p> <div> <strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 39141 at http://machinedesign.com Essential Work Tools of a Machine-Tool Designer http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer <div class="node-body article-body">To help me design machines, I use a certain set of tools every day.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:51:00 +0000 39121 at http://machinedesign.com Industrial Automation Taps Information Modeling To Manage Massive Data http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/industrial-automation-taps-information-modeling-manage-massive-data <div class="field-byline"> John Rinaldi, Contributing Technical Expert </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Capturing all of today's data and securing it, moving it, storing it, and analyzing it is a concern for those of us architecting manufacturing systems. But we can’t accomplish that effectively without better mechanisms for organizing all that data. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/industrial-automation-taps-information-modeling-manage-massive-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/industrial-automation-taps-information-modeling-manage-massive-data#comments Contributing Technical Experts Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 39101 at http://machinedesign.com Taking the window seats (and windows) from pilots and co-pilots http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Who would&rsquo;ve thought that the glass-cockpit concept &ndash; the use of programmable displays to replace radar screens, dials, and navigational instruments &ndash; would lead to airline cockpits with no windows? It seems it has as Airbus, the European consortium that designs and builds airliners, filed last year for a patent on its windowless-cockpit concept.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-window-seats-and-windows-pilots-and-co-pilots#comments AIrbus cockpit patents Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:22:00 +0000 39081 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 When a liberal arts degree isn't enough, bring on “experiential learning” http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There are unavoidable constants in life that usually are said to include death and taxes. To this list we should add <a href="http://machinedesign.com/engineering-education/old-codgers-always-gripe-about-kids" target="_blank" title="old codgers complaining about youngsters">old people complaining about younger generations.</a> But when the complainers are business executives, a few entrepreneurial-minded educators sense an opportunity.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning#comments experiential leaning job skills liberal arts degree Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:28:00 +0000 39091 at http://machinedesign.com Thermal Management and Circuit-Board Materials http://machinedesign.com/embedded/thermal-management-and-circuit-board-materials <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Berquist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is thermal clad and what is its role in thermal management on circuit boards? Why does thermal clad use either copper or</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/embedded/thermal-management-and-circuit-board-materials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/embedded/thermal-management-and-circuit-board-materials#comments Design FAQs Embedded Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 39031 at http://machinedesign.com Injection Molding Design Guide--The Applications and Technologies of Injection Molding http://machinedesign.com/cad/injection-molding-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-injection-molding <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Quickparts Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn how to effectively design your files to optimize performance of our Injection Molding process. Injection Mold Tooling is</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/injection-molding-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-injection-molding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/injection-molding-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-injection-molding#comments CAD White Papers Metals Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:29:00 +0000 38991 at http://machinedesign.com Rapid Manufacturing SLS® Design Guide--Applications and Technologies of Selective Laser Sintering http://machinedesign.com/cad/rapid-manufacturing-sls-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-selective-laser-sintering <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Quickparts Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®) is the rapid prototyping technology of choice for a range of functional prototype applications, including</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/rapid-manufacturing-sls-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-selective-laser-sintering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/rapid-manufacturing-sls-design-guide-applications-and-technologies-selective-laser-sintering#comments 3D Printing CAD White Papers Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:24:00 +0000 38981 at http://machinedesign.com Guide to Prototyping Die-Cast Parts--Applications and Technologies of Die-Cast Prototyping http://machinedesign.com/cad/guide-prototyping-die-cast-parts-applications-and-technologies-die-cast-prototyping <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Quickparts Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Die-casting is a very popular manufacturing method. It can create components with the strength required for structural applications and with the surface finish required for aesthetic applications</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/guide-prototyping-die-cast-parts-applications-and-technologies-die-cast-prototyping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/guide-prototyping-die-cast-parts-applications-and-technologies-die-cast-prototyping#comments 3D Printing CAD White Papers Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:13:00 +0000 38971 at http://machinedesign.com More automakers going with fiberglass springs http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Audi is in the news this week because it plans to start using suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in one of its cars before the end of the year. Audi says it developed the spring&nbsp;in collaboration with an Italian supplier.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs#comments audi fiberglass springs Ford Z Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 38951 at http://machinedesign.com Data Sheets http://machinedesign.com/data-sheets <div class="node-body page-body">Data Sheets </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/data-sheets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:30:17 +0000 38911 at http://machinedesign.com Interview: Toy-company founder and female engineer on girls in STEM http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem <div class="node-body article-body">Toy-company founder and female engineer on girls in STEM</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem#comments Guest Commentary News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:31:00 +0000 38901 at http://machinedesign.com Japan dominates made-in-America list http://machinedesign.com/blog/japan-dominates-made-america-list <div class="node-body blog-body">Japanese automakers dominate made-in-America list. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/stress-and-strain">Stress and Strain</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/japan-dominates-made-america-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/japan-dominates-made-america-list#comments American manufacturing automobile made-in-America Stress and Strain Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 38891 at http://machinedesign.com Lasers Help Identify Biological Targets in Liquids Traveling at 400 mph http://machinedesign.com/sensors/lasers-help-identify-biological-targets-liquids-traveling-400-mph <div class="node-body article-body">Lasers Help Identify Biological Targets in Liquids Traveling at 400 mph</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/lasers-help-identify-biological-targets-liquids-traveling-400-mph" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/lasers-help-identify-biological-targets-liquids-traveling-400-mph#comments Medical Sensors Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:10:00 +0000 38881 at http://machinedesign.com Is clumping density standard, regardless of size? http://machinedesign.com/news/clumping-density-standard-regardless-size <div class="node-body article-body">Is clumping density standard, regardless of size?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/clumping-density-standard-regardless-size" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/clumping-density-standard-regardless-size#comments News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 38871 at http://machinedesign.com Bell-Everman Rotary Stages Usher in Chair-Side Dental Crowns http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/bell-everman-rotary-stages-usher-chair-side-dental-crowns <div class="node-body article-body">A compact milling machine for making ceramic dental crowns owes its small size and economical nature to the use of rotary rather than linear stages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/bell-everman-rotary-stages-usher-chair-side-dental-crowns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/bell-everman-rotary-stages-usher-chair-side-dental-crowns#comments Motion Control Motors/Drives Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:11:00 +0000 38861 at http://machinedesign.com Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning http://machinedesign.com/blog/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Education in the area of science, technology, engineering, and&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">mathematics (STEM) has been in the headlines as employers find it tough to uncover potential employees having STEM backgrounds. Efforts are underway to rectify perceived shortages in STEM fields. Notice of several such initiatives recently crossed our desk. Here is a quick update on what&#39;s going on:</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/ten-stem-ten-developments-promoting-science-technology-learning#comments Education engineering students STEM Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 38851 at http://machinedesign.com Back-of-the-envelope calculations: When close is good enough http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough <div class="node-body blog-body">The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/back-envelope-calculations-when-close-good-enough#comments back-of-the-envelope Fermi problems problem solving Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:58:00 +0000 38831 at http://machinedesign.com Gallery: Cool sensor technology of the week http://machinedesign.com/sensors/gallery-cool-sensor-technology-week <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Sensors Expo in Chicago gave sensor and device makers a chance to show off novel applications for sensing technology. Here are a few of the more notable demonstrations we noticed.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/gallery-cool-sensor-technology-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/gallery-cool-sensor-technology-week#comments Sensors Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:26:00 +0000 38821 at http://machinedesign.com <pre language="text" linenumbers="normal"> A Qualtr&amp;#232; BAW gyro chip inside a hardhat at Sensors Expo. The device detects capacitance changes arising from rotation-induced Coriolis transfer of energy between two resonance modes of a MEMS-based circular resonator.</pre> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bearing Failures Cause Serious Problems for Wind Turbines — but There Are Solutions http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/bearing-failures-cause-serious-problems-wind-turbines-there-are-solutions <div class="field-byline"> Rob Budny, President, RBB Engineering, Petaluma, Calif. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Gearbox failures are an issue in the wind industry, but OEMs are using new approaches for testing, manufacturing, design, and operations to improve turbine reliability. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While the cause is under debate, there are known and proven steps to reduce the likelihood of failures caused by bearing inner-ring failures.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/bearing-failures-cause-serious-problems-wind-turbines-there-are-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/bearing-failures-cause-serious-problems-wind-turbines-there-are-solutions#comments Sustainable Engineering Mechanical Drives Metals News Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:42:00 +0000 38801 at http://machinedesign.com Get a Handle on Data Governance http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance <div class="field-byline"> Chris Grossman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Beyond compliance, data governance helps manufacturers effectively respond to and manage the exponential growth of the data they generate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance#comments Guest Commentary Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:28:00 +0000 38781 at http://machinedesign.com 6 engineering challenge web sites http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-engineering-challenge-web-sites <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Global collaboration is now in full swing as open innovation network challenges appear all over the web. Have you stepped up to solve an online engineering challenge? </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/material-world">Material World</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-engineering-challenge-web-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-engineering-challenge-web-sites#comments challenges contests engineering open innovation problem solving Editorial Comment Material World Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:40:00 +0000 38741 at http://machinedesign.com On location: What we saw at PTC Live Global 2014 last week http://machinedesign.com/cad/location-what-we-saw-ptc-live-global-2014-last-week <div class="node-body gallery-body">Live Global is the annual event of software company PTC — to give engineers a chance to network and get training. Here's some of what we saw at the show — including presentations of the new version of Creo and another tool called ThingWorx.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/location-what-we-saw-ptc-live-global-2014-last-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/location-what-we-saw-ptc-live-global-2014-last-week#comments CAD Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:00 +0000 38731 at http://machinedesign.com <p>At the Live Global event, attendees got the first look at PTC Creo 3.0, PTC&rsquo;s flagship design software.&nbsp; They also got to give the updated software a test drive, and compete in software-user faceoff as well. Here, the Monday keynote address gets underway.</p> Most Powerful Corvette Ever: 650 hp http://machinedesign.com/automotive/most-powerful-corvette-ever-650-hp <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.chevrolet.com" target="_blank"><strong>Chevrolet</strong></a> engineers did not spare the horses when they were designing next year&rsquo;s Z06 version of America&rsquo;s sports car, the Corvette. They upgraded and supercharged the LT4 small-block engine, giving the 6.2-liter V8 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. It also has tremendous low-end torque, cranking out 457 lb-ft just off idle and 625&nbsp;lb‑ft by only 2,800 rpm.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/automotive/most-powerful-corvette-ever-650-hp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/automotive/most-powerful-corvette-ever-650-hp#comments Automotive News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:09:00 +0000 38711 at http://machinedesign.com