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3D Printing of Metal Parts Is on the Rise, Expert Says

Publish Date: February 9, 2018
3D printing is a viable solution for metal parts in applications where the geometries, production volumes, and end goals well are suited to the process, an expert told engineers at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing conference in Anaheim this week.

Software Helps Answer the Question: Is Industry 4.0 Right for You?

Publish Date: February 9, 2018
Manufacturers who are considering Industry 4.0 may now have a better way of determining if it’s right for their factory.

Robots Are Displacing Manual Labor Jobs

Publish Date: February 8, 2018
One of the ongoing fears repeatedly voiced about the proliferation of robots in manufacturing and logistics is that they will gobble up jobs needed by humans. In the session, "Will Collaborative Robots Even Replace Human Workers," that was presented as part of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week, panelists conceded that – yes – robots are replacing human workers. But panelists also insisted that robots were needed because of the tight labor market in logistics and manufacturing.  

How Desktop 3D Printing is Moving From Makers to Pros

Publish Date: February 8, 2018
We've all seen the results of desktop 3D printing. And let's be honest, the results have often been less than impressive. Things like homemade toys and models have a certain cool factor, but once that wears off you have to ask yourself, is a desktop 3D printer just a $3,000 tchotchke maker?

Here’s Why Level 5 Autonomous Cars May Still be a Decade Away

Publish Date: February 7, 2018
Although the hardware and software technology for fully autonomous cars is ready today, the cars themselves may still be a decade or more away, vehicle experts said at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Set the Mood and Make Your Own WiFi-Controlled Lights

Publish Date: February 7, 2018
For a while now, I’ve been working on building my own network controlled LED dimmer. I sampled some commercially available remotely controllable LED dimmers, but I found they all either lacked some function I wanted or where WAY too expensive to rollout throughout my house. So, I decided to construct my own version!

Design News Honors Winning Products and Companies at the 2018 Golden Mousetrap Awards

Publish Date: February 7, 2018
The editors of Design News, during a live ceremony held earlier tonight at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., announced the winners of the 2018 annual Golden Mousetrap Awards, the

Folding, Micron-Sized Machines from Graphene and Glass Developed by Cornell Researchers

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
The idea of microscale robots such as single-atom transistors is not brand new, but previous designs were not able to move or change in response to environmental stimulus, which limited their applications. Researchers from Cornell University have combined nanorobotics with single-atom thick graphene and the Japanese art of origami to building something very new: imagine a computer more powerful than the spacecraft Voyager that fits within a single cell because it’s capable of folding itself into different shapes.

New Catalyst Bolsters Artificial-Photosynthesis System for Clean-Fuel Development

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
An artificial way to convert carbon dioxide into energy—also known as artificial synthesis—is a key goal for energy researchers trying to develop clean and alternative fuels. Now researchers at the University of Toronto are a step closer to developing a complete artificial photosynthesis system with a new catalyst that solves a key problem they’ve encountered in their work to build that system.

Chipmakers Discuss a Future After Meltdown and Spectre

Publish Date: February 5, 2018
At a recent panel at DesignCon 2018, “Continued Innovation in a World Challenged by the Slowing of Moore's Law,” a group of engineers from Intel, AMD, and ARM weighed in on the impact of Meltdown and Spectre chip hardware bugs and how they could impact the chip industry going forward.