What Gets Engineers Fired Up

Ask the Engineer: What Gets You Fired Up?

The Palm Islands in Dubai, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan, the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the International Space Station—just a few of the astonishing engineering feats from around the world. But the amazing engineering minds behind projects like these are often obscured. We’re on a mission to put that right. To unearth and expose engineers everywhere, asking questions, …

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MFG Day Targets Skilled-Labor Shortage

Manufacturing Day

This Friday is Manufacturing Day, a chance for young people to see manufacturing in action across America. Manufacturers from an array of industries will be opening up their doors to students, parents, educators, youth groups, and media in an attempt to improve the image of manufacturing careers and provide information on career opportunities, training, and other resources. Last year the event …

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Internet of Things Saves Whales

Right Whale

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already on the high seas, commercial ships are being equipped with sensors to prevent collisions. Now smart, connected products are helping to keep ships from harming whales. Each year, thousands of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals fall victim to fatal collisions with marine vessels; countless other casualties go undocumented. Whales are vulnerable to accidents with …

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Who’s Going to Sell You the Internet of Things?

Who is selling the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) will end the decade as a trillion-dollar market. The battle over IoT consumers is already heating up, with companies jockeying to lay claim to the “smart home.” In the United States, the sheer magnitude of opportunity will alter the way companies brand themselves. It remains to be seen which types of retailers will be recognized …

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Smarter Products: Finding Value for Manufacturers

IoT growth

Welcome to part three of this blog series on software–enabled innovation. In my previous blogs I touched on how technology in the manufacturing space has progressed and how the growth of software has led to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Now let’s take a look at how manufacturers can embrace these technological advances to unlock new business …

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3D Printed Car Hits the Road

Local Motors 3D printed car

Coming soon to a showroom near you: the 3D printed car. Walk right in, pick out the configuration—two seats or four, convertible or hardtop, custom features—and drive it home at the end of the day. That’s the vision from the people at Phoenix-based Local Motors who have developed the first 3D printed car, debuted at Chicago’s International Manufacturing Technology Show last …

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Harvard’s Kilobots Collaborate, Self-Organize


Harvard faculty members recently unveiled a swarm of tiny robots, dubbed “kilobots.” The swarm consists of 1,024 members, each unit about the size of an after-dinner mint with three miniature legs. These self-organizing robots hint at the future of collective intelligence and an Internet of cooperative things. Scientists can submit a command for the swarm to collectively assume a shape, …

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Software Critical to Smart-Products Manufacturing

Smart Products Manufacturing

In my previous post, Manufacturers Reshape for Smart-Product Future, I discussed how and why consumers are demanding smarter, connected products. It’s this demand that’s created an explosion of software and networks. New technologies, applications, and devices are spanning across all types of industries from aerospace and defense, agriculture, and automotive to high-tech, medical devices, and many more. Did you know that there are …

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Top 5 Most Underrated Careers of 2014

Underrated jobs_engineering

The Stephen Kings and Don Drapers of the world are pretty rare. Advertising executives don’t have the time for impromptu trips to fabulous locations or to gently hatch catchy slogans for weeks on end, and publishers aren’t lining up to read your next hot novel. Also, lawyers mostly don’t look like Lucy Liu. A new study from CareerCast.com—a California-based job search portal specializing in …

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Manufacturers Reshape for Smart-Product Future

Software enabled innovation

Software is changing the way we connect, interact and conduct business; and it’s changing on a global scale. Embedded software has existed for some time, but with the emergence of smart, connected products, manufacturers are having to reshape their business models to take advantage of new opportunities. Products today are no longer just physical or mechanical; they often have sensors and …

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