Community http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8190/more en Metamaterials: Driving Performance in New Directions http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-new-directions <div class="node-body article-body">Metamaterials get their amazing mechanical, electromagnetic, and acoustic properties from carefully controlled microstructures rather than from chemistry alone. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-new-directions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-new-directions#comments Contributing Technical Experts Materials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:00 +0000 41021 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Metamaterial cloaks can hide objects from bands of microwave radiation. (Image courtesy of David Schurig/Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)</p> Why Do Engineers Need the Cloud? http://machinedesign.com/blog/why-do-engineers-need-cloud <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Today&rsquo;s typical engineering workstation boasts compute power beyond the dreams of the team behind NASA space missions of the 1960s and 1970s. And yet we can always use more. In fact, mechanical engineers will find creative ways to hog all the compute power you can throw at us. We need the cloud because it promises to provide a near-infinite amount of it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/open-engineering-ideas">Open Engineering Ideas</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/why-do-engineers-need-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/why-do-engineers-need-cloud#comments Cloud computing Guest Commentary Open Engineering Ideas Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:21:00 +0000 40891 at http://machinedesign.com XML and its Weight Problem http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/xml-and-its-weight-problem <div class="field-byline"> John Rinaldi </div> <div class="field-deck"> Due to its weight and price, JSON offers an alternative to XML when transporting data. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">XML has been touted as THE solution for a long time now. And in the IT world, XML solved a very difficult problem that a lot of people struggled with for a long time. One of the biggest problem was, of course, byte ordering</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/xml-and-its-weight-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/xml-and-its-weight-problem#comments Contributing Technical Experts Embedded Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:17:00 +0000 40871 at http://machinedesign.com How to Save American Manufacturing http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing <div class="field-byline"> William Killingsworth </div> <div class="field-deck"> U.S. manufacturing has recently been characterized by the closing of big plants and a hemorrhaging of jobs. Here’s what it will take to turn things around. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturing has recently been characterized by the closing of big plants and a hemorrhaging of jobs. Here’s what it will take to turn things around. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing#comments Guest Commentary Manufacturing Equipment Materials Motors/Drives Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:24:00 +0000 40831 at http://machinedesign.com What’s The Difference Between Research and Development? http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development <div class="node-body article-body">With many more companies allocating a small part of their R&D budget to take on riskier projects, and the growth in corporate infrastructure to manage these riskier activities (MACHINE DESIGN, July 17, 2014), the lines are starting to blur between two terms that historically were well differentiated. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development#comments Contributing Technical Experts Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000 40741 at http://machinedesign.com 6 myths about Outer Space http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space <div class="node-body blog-body">Everything you learned about space from movies and TV shows is likely wrong.</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/6-myths-about-outer-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space#comments meteorites myths Outer space Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:28:00 +0000 40541 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Saturn from one of its moons</p> 5 Myths About Plastic Water Bottles: Economical and Safe? Hardly http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly <div class="node-body blog-body">Plastic water bottles: Economical and safe? Hardly</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/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly#comments water bottles Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 40341 at http://machinedesign.com New Name, New Opportunities http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities <div class="field-byline"> John Bridges, Marketing Manager, Aventics Corp., Lexington, Ky. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Investment firm Triton recently purchased Bosch Rexroth’s pneumatics group and renamed it Aventics. We asked John Bridges about the changes and future direction of the company.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:03:00 +0000 40061 at http://machinedesign.com Wanna Buy A Bridge? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge <div class="node-body article-body">When a major section of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco collapsed during the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, officials at the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) leapt into action to replace the span.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 +0000 40031 at http://machinedesign.com Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon <div class="node-body blog-body">What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors</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/something-rotten-valley-silicon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon#comments Silicon Valley Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:53:00 +0000 39961 at http://machinedesign.com