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Safety Advances for Plant Robots

August 19, 2016

ABB's SafeMove2 provides a robot safety system designed to allow robots and humans to work side-by-side.

Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean

May 30, 2016

A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.

MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step

May 13, 2016

The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.

Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!

May 4, 2016

A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.

Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications

May 2, 2016

A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.

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The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing

September 26, 2016

Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don't forget that.

BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips

By Ann R. Thryft | September 22, 2016

BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.

Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?

By Rob Spiegel | September 20, 2016

Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.

Experience VR at ESC Minneapolis With GigaParts

By Chris Wiltz | September 20, 2016

Engineers wanting a first-hand look at the latest virtual reality technologies are going to get their chance at ESC Minneapolis this week.

Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design

By Rob Spiegel | September 20, 2016

Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.

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