Editorial Comment http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8192/more en Want to Patent Less? Move Production Overseas http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas <div class="node-body article-body">I recently had the privilege of speaking before a group of motor manufacturers on the topic of bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. from low-wage countries. One aspect of the subject that surprised many of them was the amount of evidence that has accumulated in favor of reshoring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 39401 at http://machinedesign.com Nine hardware pitches at San Francisco ‘Maker’ Startup Weekend http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend <div class="node-body blog-body">Startup Weekend events are now pumping out hardware devices such as a NEST for pools and just-in-time liquor delivery systems.</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/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend#comments connected devices entrepreneur freelance hardware IoT products startup startup weekend Editorial Comment Material World Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 39361 at http://machinedesign.com <p><a href="http://startupweekend.org/">Startup Weekend</a> is an entrepreneur bootcamp that takes place over the course of a single weekend. The events are hosted in various locations around the world yet they connect local communities of investors, coaches, sponsoring businesses, and of course&hellip;seasoned and wanna-be entrepreneurs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</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/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com Today's STEM students are lucky http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Back in the age of dinosaurs when I was an engineering undergrad, the lab work generally ranged between uninspiring and discouraging.</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/todays-stem-students-are-lucky" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky#comments battlefield dressing STEM student projects Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 39311 at http://machinedesign.com Movie shows how Vermeer used engineering to paint perfection http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection <div class="node-body blog-body">A movie is by inventor Tim Jenison and his friend Penn Jillette (the Vegas magician) documents eight years of work to recreate art by 17th-Century artist Johannes Vermeer. The art was most likely created through the use of a camera obscura.</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/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 39221 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 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 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 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