Are Engineers Exempt From California’s AB-5 Law?

  When AB-5 was enacted on Jan. 1st, the law which added restrictions on how workers can be identified as independent contractors – Or 1099s – had additional language which exempt engineers. But does that mean ALL engineers are exempted? With the AB-5implementation, all 1099 workers must meet the ABC Test criteria, with the exception… Read more »

How Robot-Proof Is Your Engineering Job?

  A new report from the World Economic Forum stated that as many as 50% of all workers are at risk of losing their jobs to automation. Mechanical Engineers have a low rate of the possible robotic takeover at 1.1% probability. In December 2019, the World Economic Forum and international Think Tank, The Century Foundation,… Read more »

Cool Devices Seen At CES 2020

CES is the biggest gathering of consumer technology companies and tech aficionados from all over the world. The 4-day conference kicked off on January 7 and was held in 11 different venues in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s CES spans more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space and features 36 product categories… Read more »

PTC Acquires Onshape

On November 1st, 2019, renowned CAD developer, PTC, broadcasted the following: “PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Onshape, developer of the Onshape® Software as a Service (SaaS) product development platform that unites robust computer aided design (CAD) software with powerful data management and collaboration tools. The acquisition positions PTC to… Read more »

Manufacturing Labor Pains Continue

A study made by Tooling U, a training subsidiary of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), said it’s time for manufacturing employers to pay better attention to the workforce crisis that is taking place within the industry. It was already reported last year that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs are expected to stay unfilled over the… Read more »

Siemens Adds AI and Machine Learning Technology to NX Software

Image Credit: Siemens  The following article first appeared on Siemens’ Newsroom: Latest release of NX software enhanced with new capabilities that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to create user interfaces based on expected tasks to increase user adoption and productivity Siemens’ Digital Innovation Platform enhanced with machine learning-driven user-interface solutions to enhance design… Read more »

A Preview of SolidWorks 2020

On June 2019, CAD Developer Dassault Systèmes announced that the beta version of SolidWorks 2020 is now available. It is still in developmental stages, but it promises improved performances for drawings, assemblies and simulations, as well as more streamlined workflows. Dassault Systèmes gave a preview of what to expect with this newest release at last… Read more »

Debunking 5 Myths About Contract Employment

Due to news coverage of Google’s treatment of contract workers, contract employment has developed a negative impression among job seekers We address the Top 5 misconceptions about working as a contract employee In 2019, news outlets such as the New York Times and Bloomberg have written about contract workers being treated as “second-tier” employees in… Read more »

Safety Tips For Designing Medical Device Products

Medical device developers are some of the most heavily regulated companies in the U.S. When people’s health and safety are at risk, there are many standards that need to be implemented to ensure the well being of its customers. Here is a great article published in Machine Design on how to design medical device products… Read more »

How AR Is Changing The Manufacturing Industry

  The Augmented Reality market (or AR as it is most commonly known as) is expected to rise to $198.17 billion in value by 2021. Many consumer-based industries, such as gaming and consumer electronics, have embraced this technology and more recently, some manufacturing companies have started implementing it as part of their day-to-day operations.  At… Read more »