Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en Engineers Assemble! How Sci-Fi Led Me to STEM http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-assemble-how-sci-fi-led-me-stem <div class="node-body blog-body">Science fiction is often the gateway to further exploration for tomorrow’s young engineers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/engineers-assemble">Engineers Assemble!</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-assemble-how-sci-fi-led-me-stem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineers-assemble-how-sci-fi-led-me-stem#comments Community Engineers Assemble! Fri, 22 May 2015 15:57:00 +0000 49081 at http://machinedesign.com Engineering Lessons From The Dark Side http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Arena Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re an engineer or Star Wars historian, you probably have questioned the design decisions that doomed the Death Star, wondered how the Dark Side expedited FDA approval for Darth Vader’s suit, and contemplated the supply chain tools the Rebel Alliance’s manufacturing partners used to design products ranging from X-Wing Fighters to Light Sabers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side#comments Manufacturing Equipment eBooks Fri, 22 May 2015 15:14:00 +0000 48951 at http://machinedesign.com Highly Conductive Thermoplastic Shows Promise in 3D-Printed Circuits http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/highly-conductive-thermoplastic-shows-promise-3d-printed-circuits <div class="node-body article-body">Thermoplastic filament has low resistivity, and features thermal and mechanical strength for 3D-printed circuitry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/highly-conductive-thermoplastic-shows-promise-3d-printed-circuits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/highly-conductive-thermoplastic-shows-promise-3d-printed-circuits#comments 3D Printing Fri, 22 May 2015 15:06:00 +0000 49071 at http://machinedesign.com <p>ISME&#39;s carbon powder and polypropylene thermoplastic filament&nbsp;demonstrates&nbsp;a mere resistance of 3.8 k&Omega;, while&nbsp;a commercial filaments&nbsp;measures a 2.8-M&Omega; resistance. Its thermal and mechanical strength allows it to be&nbsp;3D printed by standard 3D printers.</p> Agency for Science, Technology and Research Sprockets 101 http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Martin Sprocket </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What are sprockets and where are they used? What should I look for when specifying a sprocket? How do I get the right...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101#comments Design FAQs Mechanical Drives Motion Control Thu, 21 May 2015 20:15:00 +0000 48941 at http://machinedesign.com CAD Apps, For When You’re Mobile http://machinedesign.com/cad/cad-apps-when-you-re-mobile <div class="node-body article-body">For the engineer on the go, here is a must-have list of mobile CAD apps, what each can do, and a glimpse at the future of this segment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/cad-apps-when-you-re-mobile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/cad-apps-when-you-re-mobile#comments CAD News Thu, 21 May 2015 19:39:00 +0000 49051 at http://machinedesign.com Electropneumatic Valves: A Better Option for Motion Control http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/electropneumatic-valves-better-option-motion-control <div class="field-byline"> Steve Vincent and John Bridges, AVENTICS Corp. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Engineers looking for quick and accurate positioning need to consider electropneumatic control. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Today’s manufacturers routinely demand exacting precision and split-second timing from their high-speed production systems. And that has automation engineers constantly on the lookout for cost-effective ways to improve positioning control and accuracy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/electropneumatic-valves-better-option-motion-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/electropneumatic-valves-better-option-motion-control#comments Manufacturing Equipment Motion Control Pneumatics Thu, 21 May 2015 18:56:00 +0000 49031 at http://machinedesign.com Electropneumatic Valves: A Better Option for Motion Control (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/electropneumatic-valves-better-option-motion-control-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Today&rsquo;s manufacturers routinely demand exacting precision and split-second timing from their high-speed production systems. And that has automation engineers constantly on the lookout for cost-effective ways to...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Thu, 21 May 2015 18:51:00 +0000 49041 at http://machinedesign.com World's Greatest Stem Starter Tournament Preview http://machinedesign.com/Worlds_Greatest_Stem_Starter_Tournament_Preview <div class="node-body page-body">Join our tournament and compete against other readers in a contest to decide the greatest STEM Starter of all time. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/Worlds_Greatest_Stem_Starter_Tournament_Preview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 May 2015 22:13:16 +0000 49021 at http://machinedesign.com An Unlikely Patient Undergoes da Vinci Surgery http://machinedesign.com/medical/unlikely-patient-undergoes-da-vinci-surgery <div class="node-body article-body">Poor little guy</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/medical/unlikely-patient-undergoes-da-vinci-surgery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/medical/unlikely-patient-undergoes-da-vinci-surgery#comments Technologies Medical News Wed, 20 May 2015 21:15:00 +0000 49011 at http://machinedesign.com Off to the Races: Indy 500 Winners Through the Years http://machinedesign.com/technologies/races-indy-500-winners-through-years <div class="node-body gallery-body">Here’s a look at some of the memorable cars and drivers that have won the Indy 500 since the event began more than 100 years ago.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/technologies/races-indy-500-winners-through-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/technologies/races-indy-500-winners-through-years#comments Automotive Technologies Wed, 20 May 2015 20:43:00 +0000 49001 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design's Products of the Week (5/18-5/25) http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/machine-designs-products-week-518-525 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Stainless-steel sanitary conveyors, high-force cylinders, stepper actuators for security doors, and digital meters.&nbsp;This Machine Design gallery&nbsp;features these&nbsp;four&nbsp;products and more! Who knows, you may find something&nbsp;that suits your application. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/machine-designs-products-week-518-525#comments Products Controllers Linear Motion Motors/Drives Pneumatics Wed, 20 May 2015 16:21:00 +0000 48961 at http://machinedesign.com The Connected Machine: Defining ‘The Internet of Things’ for industrial automation http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the consumer Internet of Things, the phone company now lets you turn your home’s lights on and off from your mobile device, change the thermostat, and</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation#comments White Papers Wed, 20 May 2015 13:50:00 +0000 40581 at http://machinedesign.com Heavy Duty Shaft Coupling Strategies http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ringfeder </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Heavy-duty shaft couplings have traditionally had a couple of defining design characteristics. For one, these couplings usually rely on...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Tue, 19 May 2015 18:54:00 +0000 48871 at http://machinedesign.com B&R’s modular application (mapp) Technology sets the bar high for automation programming http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Not much has really changed about the software running industrial machinery over the past two decades. In the same time, there’s been a revolution in computer science, along with a corresponding rise in computer science graduates. But in the factories and distribution centers that use computers known as programmable logic (PLC) or automation controllers (PAC), it’s been largely status quo. The same can even be said for industrial robots, the icons of automation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming#comments White Papers Controllers Tue, 19 May 2015 18:02:00 +0000 48931 at http://machinedesign.com Networked safety: why it will pay you big to start small http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The vision of networked safety has largely centered on networking safety of functions across integrated systems, cells and lines. The reality is that machine builders are typically not responsible for safety beyond their own machines. For them, even a hardwired safety PLC is often considered cost prohibitive for a feature not required by the customer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Tue, 19 May 2015 17:57:00 +0000 48921 at http://machinedesign.com Variable Wattage Control Systems for Electric Heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a variable wattage control system for electric heaters? What are the advantages of these types of control systems?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters#comments Design FAQs Controllers Tue, 19 May 2015 16:14:00 +0000 48811 at http://machinedesign.com Gallery: RoboUniverse 2015 Tech Show http://machinedesign.com/robotics/gallery-robouniverse-2015-tech-show <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the month of May, Machine Design attended the RoboUniverse Conference &amp; Expo in New York City.</p> </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/gallery-robouniverse-2015-tech-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/gallery-robouniverse-2015-tech-show#comments Robotics Motion Control Gallery Tue, 19 May 2015 14:39:00 +0000 48901 at http://machinedesign.com Aluminum-Anode Battery Can Recharge in One Minute http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/aluminum-anode-battery-can-recharge-one-minute <div class="field-deck"> Aluminum battery protoype can be quickly recharged again and again </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Economically and environmentally friendly, you will be surprised at this battery's potential.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/aluminum-anode-battery-can-recharge-one-minute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/aluminum-anode-battery-can-recharge-one-minute#comments Batteries/Power Supplies Materials News Mon, 18 May 2015 20:53:00 +0000 48891 at http://machinedesign.com Applying DC Motors in Linear Motion Applications http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Pittman </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2015/05/Hayd-PITT-logos-150.gif" style="width: 150px; height: 84px; float: right;" />This paper describes the how to properly apply a DC motor (Stepper, Brushed or Brushless) in motion applications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Mon, 18 May 2015 15:34:00 +0000 48861 at http://machinedesign.com Incremental Encoder Signals http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Pittman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Understanding incremental encoder signal options and their use will help insure critical position accuracy in motion control applications. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals#comments White Papers Motion Control Mon, 18 May 2015 15:29:00 +0000 48851 at http://machinedesign.com Comparing Efficiency and Capabilities of Hybrid Stepper Motor Actuators to Can Stack Stepper Motor Actuators http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper- <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Haydon Kerk </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This paper explains the differences between Can Stack and Hybrid motor based linear motion actuators.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Mon, 18 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000 48841 at http://machinedesign.com Set Your Idea into Motion, Use SDP and SI Precision Mechanical Components and Engineering Expertise http://machinedesign.com/gallery/set-your-idea-motion-use-sdp-and-si-precision-mechanical-components-and-engineering-expert <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored by: Designatronics </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">As a company founded and managed by engineers we understand and respond to the developing needs of our customers better than anyone.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/gallery/set-your-idea-motion-use-sdp-and-si-precision-mechanical-components-and-engineering-expert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/gallery/set-your-idea-motion-use-sdp-and-si-precision-mechanical-components-and-engineering-expert#comments Gallery Mon, 18 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 48501 at http://machinedesign.com Interview: Teaching Kids to Solve Problems in Engineering—and Life http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-teaching-kids-solve-problems-engineering-and-life <div class="field-deck"> Speaking with Jon Hiller about kids and how playing with robots can teach them to solve complex problems in engineering and life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Jon Hiller is director of engineering at Modular Robotics, a toy company whose goal is to build robotic construction kits for children. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-teaching-kids-solve-problems-engineering-and-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-teaching-kids-solve-problems-engineering-and-life#comments Guest Commentary Fri, 15 May 2015 20:34:00 +0000 48881 at http://machinedesign.com Thermal Interface Materials (TIM) http://machinedesign.com/materials/thermal-interface-materials-tim <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bergquist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What are my options for Thermal Interface Materials (TIM)? Why should I consider liquid TIM?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/thermal-interface-materials-tim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/thermal-interface-materials-tim#comments Design FAQs Materials Fri, 15 May 2015 15:50:00 +0000 48771 at http://machinedesign.com Sizing Fans for Electrical Enclosures http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/sizing-fans-electrical-enclosures <div class="field-deck"> Simply knowing the cubic-feet-per-minute requirements is not enough when choosing fans. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Several factors come into play when estimating the size of cooling fans needed to keep electronics cool inside enclosures.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/sizing-fans-electrical-enclosures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/sizing-fans-electrical-enclosures#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Thu, 14 May 2015 20:45:00 +0000 48831 at http://machinedesign.com Heavy-Duty Encoders for Harsh Environments http://machinedesign.com/sensors/heavy-duty-encoders-harsh-environments <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Baumer Ltd </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Heavy-duty optical encoders require clever design and robust construction to survive the most</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/heavy-duty-encoders-harsh-environments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/heavy-duty-encoders-harsh-environments#comments White Papers Sensors Thu, 14 May 2015 19:52:00 +0000 38031 at http://machinedesign.com Low-cost Vision-Guided Motion with Baumer’s VeriSens Vision Sensor http://machinedesign.com/sensors/low-cost-vision-guided-motion-baumer-s-verisens-vision-sensor <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Baumer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Vision guided motion has seen steady growth over the past several years. Technology advances defined by Moore’s Law have</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/low-cost-vision-guided-motion-baumer-s-verisens-vision-sensor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/low-cost-vision-guided-motion-baumer-s-verisens-vision-sensor#comments White Papers Sensors Thu, 14 May 2015 18:53:00 +0000 27321 at http://machinedesign.com SmartReflect Provides Solutions for Troubling Light Barrier Applications http://machinedesign.com/sensors/smartreflect-provides-solutions-troubling-light-barrier-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Baumer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When using photoelectric sensors, the most reliable method to detect objects is via a light barrier, as this does not rely</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/smartreflect-provides-solutions-troubling-light-barrier-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/smartreflect-provides-solutions-troubling-light-barrier-applications#comments White Papers Sensors Thu, 14 May 2015 18:50:00 +0000 27311 at http://machinedesign.com Fused Deposition Modeling: Changing Traditional Design Processes http://machinedesign.com/ebooks/fused-deposition-modeling-changing-traditional-design-processes <div class="node-body article-body">3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), using fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology eliminates the design barriers and time to market of traditional manufacturing</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/ebooks/fused-deposition-modeling-changing-traditional-design-processes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/ebooks/fused-deposition-modeling-changing-traditional-design-processes#comments eBooks Wed, 13 May 2015 14:56:00 +0000 48801 at http://machinedesign.com Factors To Consider When Choosing An Actuator of Four Feet Or Less http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/factors-consider-when-choosing-actuator-four-feet-or-less-0 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by NB Corporation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This paper spells out the affect of design on capacity, precision and...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/factors-consider-when-choosing-actuator-four-feet-or-less-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/factors-consider-when-choosing-actuator-four-feet-or-less-0#comments Linear Motion Tue, 12 May 2015 21:08:00 +0000 48731 at http://machinedesign.com