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Adidas Unveils the ‘Futurecraft’ of 3D-Printed Footwear

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 21, 2017

Global footwear company Adidas has teamed with Silicon Valley-based startup Carbon to develop a sneaker partially fabricated using a new manufacturing method that uses light and oxygen as the first product of its next-generation Futurecraft 4D brand.

The shoe represents a new direction in digital footwear creation that eliminates traditional prototyping or molding and will allow for better customization using athlete data and agile manufacturing, according to the German-based company.

Engineering a Robot for a Specific Job

By Rob Spiegel | July 20, 2017

With labor costs increasing and robot costs declining, collaborative robots have become an increasingly popular alternative to human labor. More and more, robots are filling a skills and cost niche – provided you have the right robot for the right task. One of the most efficient ways to replace labor with a robot is to create the robot specifically for the job that needs to be done.

12 Hydraulic Hybrids That Go Heavy Duty

By Charles Murray | July 20, 2017




Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


Could China’s ban on scrap plastics have a silver lining for U.S. plastics industry?

By Clare Goldsberry | July 19, 2017

China notified the World Trade Organization yesterday that it intends to ban the import of certain scrap materials by the end of the year. Among the items on the list are most scrap plastics, including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET, according to a release from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI; Washington, DC).

10 Automotive Ideas That Didn't Pan Out

By Charles Murray | July 19, 2017




Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


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Dummies Book Takes a Crack at the IT/OT Conflict

By Rob Spiegel | July 19, 2017

Belden, Tripwire, Internet Cyber Security for Dummies, cybersecurity, IT, OTNot surprisingly, a book about industrial cybersecurity becomes a deep dive into the endless conflict between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Each of the two professions has an unequivocal mandate, and the mandates are in direct conflict. IT is devoted to security; OT is committed to uptime.

Don’t Sound the IC Engine’s Death Knell Yet

By Charles Murray | July 18, 2017

If the internal combustion engine could talk, it might follow the lead of Mark Twain and tell us that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

IoT, Industry 4.0 Encourage FDT Open Standards

By Al Presher | July 18, 2017

Device network integration is a key goal for automation and control vendors as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 initiatives move toward new global standards and enterprise wide connectivity. Integrating these physical assets and achieving scalable and secure access to device intelligence is a key trend as companies look to deploy new network architectures.

Celebrate Your Smarts with ESC Minneapolis Keynote on Advancements in Human & Artificial Intelligence

By Design News Staff | July 18, 2017

World-renowned engineer, physicist, and author, Ransom Stephens, and Advanced Intelligence expert, Maria Gini, will take the keynote stage at ESC Minneapolis, November 8-9, 2017, where they will discuss advancing both human and artifici

Unlocking Engineering Data for Downstream Consumption is Now a Must

By Array | July 17, 2017

As strategic product-development improvement initiatives such as Industry 4.0, the digital twin, Model-Based Definition (MBD), and the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) have taken hold across an ever-increasing number of industries, engineering software companies have been on the front lines, propelling these movements forward via technology. Thanks to their tools, manufacturers have been able to create fully annotated 3D models that include all of the product manufacturing information (PMI) necessary to define, manufacture and control a product.