Engineering Companies Impacted By Mineral Shortages

A recent survey conducted by PwC is raising concern in the engineering sector about the possibility of mineral shortages impacting production. Metal minerals are heavily relied on by companies involved in the automotive, energy and utilities, and renewable energy sectors and these are the companies that are going to be impacted first. It is estimated… Read more »

3D Material Enables Thermal Testing

Objet, a leader in 3D printing systems, announced a new 3D material that they have developed, which will make thermal testing possible. The new material, called RGD525, has been designed to simulate high temperature performance for engineering plastics, without compromising the stability of the product. According to Zehavit Reisin of Objet, “In function applications, Objet’s… Read more »

Rapid Prototyping Helps Scientists Study Our Atmosphere

Researchers are Southampton University are taking advantage of rapid prototyping to create a new type of aircraft that can be used to study the earth’s atmosphere. This new craft, called the ASTRA Atom, is being designed to travel as far as 30 kilometers into the atmosphere and can be tracked while it is in transit… Read more »

Latest Trends in Robotics

The robotics industry is booming and thanks to the constant development of new materials and the implementation of new ideas, we’re all benefiting. 2012 has been a great year so far for robotics and it doesn’t look like the trend is slowing down any time soon. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest… Read more »

Is Shilk the Next Plastic?

A new material called Shilk may eventually replace plastic. This unique material was developed by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and its origins may surprise you. As its name suggests, the material is made up of silk and chitin which is extracted from shrimp shells. Insect cuticle was the inspiration… Read more »

The Value of an Engineering Degree

It’s a known fact that getting a higher education provides you with more earning power throughout your lifetime. What may not be as broadly known is that the type of higher education you choose could have an even larger impact on your earning power. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree will help you earn an average of… Read more »

Save on Costs With Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, or AM, was originally developed as an alternative to traditional machining, or subtractive manufacturing. There are numerous benefits to this method, even though some companies have been slower to adopt AM. Let’s take a look at just a few of the reasons that AM can not only assist your company in improving the… Read more »

A New Revolution in Chip Technology

Until recently, silicon was the only game in town when it came to manufacturing chips. Although numerous advances had been made, further miniaturization was nearly impossible due to the limitations of this material. Chips were stuck at a thickness of 2 nanometers and with concerns over oxidation, simply couldn’t be made any smaller. A new… Read more »