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

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

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.


Researchers 3D Print in Glass

July 17, 2017

Move over plastic and metal—thanks to researchers in Germany, there’s a new material that can now used in a 3D printing process: glass.

A team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany has developed a process that uses glass for additive-manufacturing techniques, adding the material that goes as far back as ancient Egypt and Rome to the list of materials possible for 3D printing, said Bastian Rapp, the mechanical engineer that led the effort.

ACE Awards to Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering

July 17, 2017

It’s that time of year again, when the electronics design industry takes pause to celebrate the hard work and tireless efforts of a few standout engineers, as well as the products that have made an impact on the design engineering community.

When You Train Robots With VR, You Only Have to Teach Them Once

July 14, 2017

The best workers are the ones whom you can show a task once, then have them do it perfectly from then on. While collaborative robots like Rethink Robotics' Baxter are able to mimic assembly tasks after a real world walkthrough, teaching robots can be a time-consuming physical task. And even once the robot is taught it won't necessarily be able to adapt to a situation dynamically. Having one misplaced part in a bin, for example, could derail a robot's entire process.

First Iron-Based, Light-Emitting Molecules Have Potential for Low-Cost Solar Cells, Displays

July 14, 2017

Researchers in Sweden have advanced the effort to develop more environmentally friendly materials for solar cells and displays with the development of the first iron-based molecule that can emit light.