Community http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8190/more en The Other Four-Year Degree http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/other-four-year-degree <div class="field-byline"> Timothy Pearson, President, Great Glen Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Tim-Pearson.gif" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />According to manufacturing consultant Tim Pearson, there is a drastic imbalance in the way the United States prepares future generations to compete in the global job market. And in no sector is the divide more apparent than manufacturing.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the problem?</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/other-four-year-degree" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/other-four-year-degree#comments Guest Commentary Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:49:00 +0000 36301 at http://machinedesign.com What You Don’t Know About Critical Speed Failures Can Hurt You http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/what-you-don-t-know-about-critical-speed-failures-can-hurt-you <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Ciro-Ramirez-2013.gif" style="width: 150px; height: 189px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Two men were test running a rebuilt pickup truck in a home garage when an unexpected failure caused the truck to catch fire. The ensuing inferno burned one of the men while destroying the garage and truck. An examination of the truck showed the fuel tank had been punctured. Leaking gasoline had been ignited either by hot exhaust components or sparks from a broken driveshaft.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/what-you-don-t-know-about-critical-speed-failures-can-hurt-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/what-you-don-t-know-about-critical-speed-failures-can-hurt-you#comments Guest Commentary Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0000 36291 at http://machinedesign.com If Starbucks behaved like a manufacturer http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/if-starbucks-behaved-manufacturer <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/03/Teschler-MUGwName.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 164px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Pity me. I&rsquo;ve just learned I must sit through six online management-training courses every quarter. I just finished my first experience with this new requirement and it has lived up to my worst expectations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/if-starbucks-behaved-manufacturer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/if-starbucks-behaved-manufacturer#comments Editorial Comment Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:12:00 +0000 36261 at http://machinedesign.com 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 2014-2015 Calendar of materials events http://machinedesign.com/blog/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events <div class="node-body blog-body">It all starts with materials. Here's a list of tradeshows to find advanced or new materials.</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/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events#comments composites exhibits expo papers plastics speakers tradeshow Materials Community Material World Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:36:00 +0000 36181 at http://machinedesign.com What's inside GM's recalled ignition switch http://machinedesign.com/blog/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We recently took a quick trip to a junk yard to get a steering column from a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The steering column, of course, also comes with the ignition switch that is the source of GM&#39;s recent 1.5 million vehicle recall. We dissassembled the switch so you can see the source of the controversy.</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/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/whats-inside-gms-recalled-ignition-switch#comments forensic engineering GM ignition switch video Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 36121 at http://machinedesign.com The Art of Product Design http://machinedesign.com/blog/art-product-design <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An interesting book crossed my desk recently. Called &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Product-Design-Changing/dp/1118763343/ref=sr_1_1" target="_blank">The Art of Product Design,&quot; by Hardi Meybaum,</a> its title is perhaps a bit misleading. The phrase &quot;art of design,&quot; for most engineers, might bring to mind discussions of blended curves and managing the product development process. But that&#39;s not at all what you&#39;ll find in Meybaum&#39;s book.</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/art-product-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/art-product-design#comments grabCAD product design Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:32:00 +0000 36091 at http://machinedesign.com Trade Secret practices changing due to first-to-file legislation http://machinedesign.com/goldense-research-product-development/trade-secret-practices-changing-due-first-file-legislation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Just over a year ago, the U. S. aligned itself with the rest of the world on protocols for filing patents. Prior to that, the U. S. had been first-to-invent, which meant a patent could be contested if there was documentation showing another party actually invented the novelty beforehand but had not filed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/goldense-research-product-development/trade-secret-practices-changing-due-first-file-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/goldense-research-product-development/trade-secret-practices-changing-due-first-file-legislation#comments Community Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:57:00 +0000 35751 at http://machinedesign.com New freedom comes to machine programming http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-freedom-comes-machine-programming <div class="field-byline"> Scott Hibbard, Vice President of Technology, Bosch Rexroth Corp. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There is an ongoing effort to make programming languages and software platforms for machine automation easier to use and more versatile, to speed commissioning and improve equipment performance.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-freedom-comes-machine-programming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-freedom-comes-machine-programming#comments Guest Commentary Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:38:00 +0000 35741 at http://machinedesign.com Why newbies are dangerous http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-newbies-are-dangerous <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The workers most likely to get hurt or killed on the job are new employees or those who have been newly reassigned.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-newbies-are-dangerous" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-newbies-are-dangerous#comments Guest Commentary Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:36:00 +0000 35731 at http://machinedesign.com