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On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Implementing Smart Factory Solutions

The smart factory is much more than just an automated facility. It is a fully connected digital production system that has a constant stream of data coming from sources including production machinery, pick-and-place equipment, machine vision systems for inspection, robots of different types, and...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

White Papers: Automotive
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Moving Pins Cut 3D-Printing Costs?

An INSIDER story last week highlighted a 3D printer that uses a platform of movable pins to provide support for the created part. The invention eliminates the need for printed supports.

White Papers: Aerospace
4 Types of Parts Contaminant and How to Remove Them

When it comes to metal fabricating, parts are commonly contaminated during production or transport. Parts contamination, or soils, fall into four basic categories. This paper explores each...

A new, sustainable take on the 3D printer reduces waste by eliminating the need for printed supports.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Engineer’s Guide to Masking Solutions

Download this guide to learn how to select an appropriate material suited to your operating temperature and application process. Masking is an essential part of the production and finishing process...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Injection Molding Principles

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should know,...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Big Data from Little Data
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Facility Focus: Cornell University College of Engineering
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
The inserts use a material that NASA has considered for spacecraft filters.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Disrupting the Automobile Design Process
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Cost Strengthened Glass Substrates
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Projector
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
White Paper: Hardened Steel Shafting Comparison

Every linear bearing application requires a linear shaft as the inner raceway. Often it is overlooked, or merely considered insignificant. There are also times during the procurement stages...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

Podcasts: Wearables
Here's an Idea: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

White Papers: IoMT
Photochemical Machining: Innovative Solutions for Precision Etched Metal Parts

Complex, precision metal components are found in a variety of applications in aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, electronics, and more. The demand for...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Technology Increasingly Integrate with Nature?

“Nature is much more advanced than we are, so we should use it,” said Dr. Ben Maoz, one of a team of Tel Aviv University researchers who created a robot that uses a dead locust’s ear to “hear” electrical signals and respond to them with movement. (Read our lead story to learn...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 ‘Create the Future’ Contest Begins!
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Robot ‘Hears,’ Using Ear from a Locust

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Lubrication for Linear Roller Bearings and Raceways

Linear roller bearing systems offer distinct advantages in applications where high speed or quick change of direction is required. Due to larger diameters, they also perform...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Linear Bearings and Guide Bar Designs for Fitness Equipment

As the field of specialized fitness equipment has grown, so has a proliferation of various designs and configurations for both the equipment and their guide mechanisms....

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