Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml/trackback en Protect Equipment from Earth Leakage and Ground Faults http://machinedesign.com/sensors/protect-equipment-earth-leakage-and-ground-faults <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Altech Corp. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a ground fault and why is it a concern? How much variation in current is considered enough to cause</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/protect-equipment-earth-leakage-and-ground-faults" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/protect-equipment-earth-leakage-and-ground-faults#comments Design FAQs Sensors Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:22:00 +0000 70911 at http://machinedesign.com Composite 3D Printing: A High Strength Solution for Anything from Prototypes to Fixtures http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/composite-3d-printing-high-strength-solution-anything-prototypes-fixtures <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Markforged </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The use of a desktop composite 3D printer has given their engineers more agility in</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/composite-3d-printing-high-strength-solution-anything-prototypes-fixtures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/composite-3d-printing-high-strength-solution-anything-prototypes-fixtures#comments 3D Printing White Papers Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000 70801 at http://machinedesign.com The Economics of 3D Printing http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/economics-3d-printing-1 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Markforged </div> <div class="node-body article-body">3D printing is advancing into the realm of production—both in terms of workholding to assist in</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/economics-3d-printing-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/economics-3d-printing-1#comments 3D Printing White Papers Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:01:00 +0000 70781 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Shop Competitive in the Digital Age http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Markforged </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In many ways, the manufacturing world has gone digital, with computers controlling everything from</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age#comments 3D Printing White Papers Plastics and Composites Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:37:00 +0000 68651 at http://machinedesign.com Who Will Advance to the Round of 4? http://machinedesign.com/sponsored/who-will-advance-round-4 <div class="node-body article-body">We are down to the final weeks of the Bracket Challenge. Only 8 of the top engineering universities remain in the competition.Head on over to the bracket and cast your vote to help push your favorites to the round of 4.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sponsored/who-will-advance-round-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sponsored/who-will-advance-round-4#comments Sponsored Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:30:00 +0000 70301 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design's Products of the Week (3/24-3/31) http://machinedesign.com/mechanical/machine-designs-products-week-324-331 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Products from couplings for actuator driven systems to 4-20 mA transmitters for wireless data logging integrate with machines to improve overall performance in rigorous conditions.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical/machine-designs-products-week-324-331" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical/machine-designs-products-week-324-331#comments Mechanical Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:07:00 +0000 70921 at http://machinedesign.com How to Use Metal Bellows for Different Applications http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/how-use-metal-bellows-different-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Servometer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a metal bellows? What are typical applications of metal bellows? What type of</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/how-use-metal-bellows-different-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/how-use-metal-bellows-different-applications#comments Design FAQs Metals Motion Control Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:39:00 +0000 70731 at http://machinedesign.com Engineering School Bracket Challenge: Round 2 Results; Round 3 is Underway! http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-school-bracket-challenge-round-2-results-round-3-underway <div class="node-body blog-body">The second week of our annual showdown is finished, with only three more weeks left to go. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-school-bracket-challenge-round-2-results-round-3-underway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-school-bracket-challenge-round-2-results-round-3-underway#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000 70871 at http://machinedesign.com Cutting Design-to-Market Risks - A New Paradigm for Rapid Prototyping http://machinedesign.com/cutting-design-market-risks-new-paradigm-rapid-prototyping <div class="node-body page-body">Companies are all under pressure to deliver products to market faster. Empowering professional designers; shrinking lead times; unleashing creativity. Those are the demands</div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cutting-design-market-risks-new-paradigm-rapid-prototyping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 3D Printing Webinars Materials Metals Plastics and Composites Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:42:38 +0000 70841 at http://machinedesign.com IoT for under $599 http://machinedesign.com/industrial/iot-under-599 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Check out some products that allow for cost-effective, easy integration of IIoT features.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/industrial/iot-under-599" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/industrial/iot-under-599#comments Industrial Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:37:00 +0000 70811 at http://machinedesign.com How to Make Your Robots Move http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/how-make-your-robots-move <div class="field-byline"> Rick Wood and Alex Bonaire </div> <div class="field-deck"> To get the most mileage of out your robot, add the dimension of mobility by incorporating a linear seventh axis. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To get the most mileage of out your robot, add the dimension of mobility by incorporating a linear seventh axis.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/how-make-your-robots-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/how-make-your-robots-move#comments Linear Motion Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:49:00 +0000 70831 at http://machinedesign.com Why this Innovative, Easy-to-Use, IIoT Sensor Network Could Be Hard to Deploy http://machinedesign.com/industrial/why-innovative-easy-use-iiot-sensor-network-could-be-hard-deploy <div class="field-byline"> Karen Field </div> <div class="field-deck"> IT and OT’s conflicting views on a low-cost, sensor-bridge-cloud solution for gaining better insight and control over operations underscore the tradeoffs in innovation vs. standardization. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">IT and OT’s conflicting views on a low-cost, sensor-bridge-cloud solution underscore the tradeoffs in innovation vs. standardization.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/industrial/why-innovative-easy-use-iiot-sensor-network-could-be-hard-deploy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/industrial/why-innovative-easy-use-iiot-sensor-network-could-be-hard-deploy#comments Industrial Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:57:00 +0000 70751 at http://machinedesign.com Essential Equipment for Your Filament-Based 3D Printer http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/essential-equipment-your-filament-based-3d-printer <div class="field-deck"> These items should be in every 3D printer’s toolbox, otherwise any job may wind up taking twice as long to do, and the end results could be less than desired. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">These items should be in every 3D printer’s toolbox, otherwise any job may wind up taking twice as long to do, and the end results could be less than desired.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/essential-equipment-your-filament-based-3d-printer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/essential-equipment-your-filament-based-3d-printer#comments 3D Printing Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:48:00 +0000 70791 at http://machinedesign.com Safety Design Considerations Inclined Actuator http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/safety-design-considerations-inclined-actuator <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Linear actuators that are used in inclined travel applications require more</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/safety-design-considerations-inclined-actuator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/safety-design-considerations-inclined-actuator#comments White Papers Linear Motion Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:09:00 +0000 69011 at http://machinedesign.com Basics of Thermal Expansion http://machinedesign.com/materials/basics-thermal-expansion <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most materials contract when they are cooled and expand as they are heated, but how much will this affect</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/basics-thermal-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/basics-thermal-expansion#comments Basics of Design Materials Motion Control Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:04:00 +0000 70021 at http://machinedesign.com Effects of Friction on Linear Guide System Performance http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/effects-friction-linear-guide-system-performance <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Friction is a force that can greatly affect the way a</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/effects-friction-linear-guide-system-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/effects-friction-linear-guide-system-performance#comments Linear Motion Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:42:00 +0000 68991 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printers are Overrated http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printers-are-overrated <div class="field-deck"> 3D printers may have come a long way, but they're still far from the miracle that some people make them out to be. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">3D printers may have come a long way, but they're still far from the miracle that some people make them out to be. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printers-are-overrated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printers-are-overrated#comments 3D Printing Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:06:00 +0000 70741 at http://machinedesign.com For True Linear Position, Embrace Magnetostriction http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/true-linear-position-embrace-magnetostriction <div class="field-deck"> Unbeknownst to many, the same phenomenon that makes transformers hum can also be utilized as a sensor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Unbeknownst to many, the same phenomenon that makes transformers hum can also be utilized as a sensor. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/true-linear-position-embrace-magnetostriction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/true-linear-position-embrace-magnetostriction#comments Motion Control Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:33:00 +0000 70681 at http://machinedesign.com Get Attuned to Servo-Motor Driver Tuning http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/get-attuned-servo-motor-driver-tuning-0 <div class="field-deck"> A number of PID-controlled servo-motor options are out there at different price points, but it’s also important to familiarize oneself with making adjustments. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A number of PID-controlled servo-motor options are out there at different price points, but it’s also important to familiarize oneself with making adjustments.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/get-attuned-servo-motor-driver-tuning-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/get-attuned-servo-motor-driver-tuning-0#comments Motion Control Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:01:00 +0000 70701 at http://machinedesign.com The Benefits of Using CNC Aluminum and 3D Injection Molding http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/benefits-using-cnc-aluminum-and-3d-injection-molding <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Proto Labs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For short production runs and prototyping, it is cost effective to use 3D printed molds or CNC aluminum molds versus</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/benefits-using-cnc-aluminum-and-3d-injection-molding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/benefits-using-cnc-aluminum-and-3d-injection-molding#comments 3D Printing Design FAQs Materials Metals Plastics and Composites Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:37:00 +0000 70591 at http://machinedesign.com Industrial Robot Sales Hit All-Time High…But What About Industry Jobs? http://machinedesign.com/industrial/industrial-robot-sales-hit-all-time-high-what-about-industry-jobs <div class="field-deck"> The IIoT is bringing about record automation robotics sales, with China and the U.S. scooping up robots. Is this good or bad for industry? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The IIoT is bringing about record automation robotics sales, with China and the U.S. scooping up robots. Is this good or bad for industry?</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/industrial/industrial-robot-sales-hit-all-time-high-what-about-industry-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/industrial/industrial-robot-sales-hit-all-time-high-what-about-industry-jobs#comments Industrial Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:16:00 +0000 70671 at http://machinedesign.com These 3D Shoes Were Made for Walkin’ http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/these-3d-shoes-were-made-walkin <div class="node-body gallery-body">The last few years 3D-printed shoes have been everywhere from the runway to the locker room. This gallery shows off just a sampling of some of the creative shoes.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/these-3d-shoes-were-made-walkin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/these-3d-shoes-were-made-walkin#comments 3D Printing Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:01:00 +0000 70641 at http://machinedesign.com Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of IoT Acronyms and Protocols http://machinedesign.com/iot/deciphering-alphabet-soup-iot-acronyms-and-protocols <div class="field-byline"> Matt Smith </div> <div class="field-deck"> We've compiled all of the pertinent Internet of Things terminology you should be keeping your eye on. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">We've compiled the Internet of Things terminology you should be keeping your eye on.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/iot/deciphering-alphabet-soup-iot-acronyms-and-protocols" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/iot/deciphering-alphabet-soup-iot-acronyms-and-protocols#comments Manufacturing Equipment IoT Industrial Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:57:00 +0000 70631 at http://machinedesign.com Ball Screw Speed Basics http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/ball-screw-speed-basics <div class="field-byline"> Bruce Gertz </div> <div class="field-deck"> A look at the three important speeds when it comes to these essential devices. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A look at the three important speeds when it comes to these essential devices.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/ball-screw-speed-basics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/ball-screw-speed-basics#comments Motion Control Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:38:00 +0000 70611 at http://machinedesign.com NASA’s Green Thumb for Green Aviation http://machinedesign.com/defense/nasa-s-green-thumb-green-aviation <div class="field-deck"> The New Horizon Aviation Program’s charter is to strengthen the aviation industry over the next 20 years by introducing new technologies, as well as find ways to improve on efficiency and reduce pollution. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The New Horizon Aviation Program’s charter is to strengthen the aviation industry over the next 20 years by introducing new technologies, as well as find ways to improve on efficiency and reduce pollution. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/defense/nasa-s-green-thumb-green-aviation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/defense/nasa-s-green-thumb-green-aviation#comments Defense Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:02:00 +0000 70621 at http://machinedesign.com Wireless Switches Make Life Easier (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/wireless-switches-make-life-easier-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>All but the youngest engineers and designers know from experience that no piece of machinery or production line will endure for long without a change or two. Products&rsquo; shapes, materials, features...</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> Gold Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:57:00 +0000 70561 at http://machinedesign.com Wireless Switches Make Life Easier http://machinedesign.com/iot/wireless-switches-make-life-easier <div class="field-byline"> Ryan Eder </div> <div class="field-deck"> All equipment and machines eventually need to be upgraded, reconfigured, or replaced. Wireless switches make all of these tasks easier and less costly. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">All equipment and machines eventually need to be upgraded, reconfigured, or replaced. Wireless switches make all of these tasks easier and less costly.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/iot/wireless-switches-make-life-easier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/iot/wireless-switches-make-life-easier#comments IoT Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:57:00 +0000 70541 at http://machinedesign.com Making Fasteners Reliable and Reusable (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/making-fasteners-reliable-and-reusable-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">There&rsquo;s a wide range of factors that have an effect on fasteners and their reusability. Here&rsquo;s a look at the major ones and what can be done...</span></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> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/making-fasteners-reliable-and-reusable-pdf-download" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gold Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:50:00 +0000 70551 at http://machinedesign.com Inside the test lab: cable development & design http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/inside-test-lab-cable-development-design <div class="node-body article-body">Explore continuous-flex cable design, testing, and get insight from the igus experts in this brand new interactive e-book.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/inside-test-lab-cable-development-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/inside-test-lab-cable-development-design#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:38:00 +0000 70601 at http://machinedesign.com Basics Of Electric Heaters http://machinedesign.com/basics-design/basics-electric-heaters-0 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Backer Hotwatt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about types of electric heaters, heat transfer and losses, basic heat equations and specific applications as well as... </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/basics-design/basics-electric-heaters-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/basics-design/basics-electric-heaters-0#comments Basics of Design Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:54:00 +0000 56581 at http://machinedesign.com