July 2012 Blog Posts (11)

11 Ideas for Clamping in Weld Fixture Design

In Weld Fixture Design you need to think how to best hold your product parts in place and keep them there while they are being welded.

Check out some images and ideas for clamping in this post from Rentapen's Weld Fixture Design 101.

Added by Susan Straley on July 26, 2012 at 12:59pm — 3 Comments

How Haptic technology will influence CAD and 3D printing

At this year’s RAPID show, I had an opportunity to meet with Ping Fu, founder and CEO of Geomagic. Widely regarded as a visionary, Ms. Fu spearheaded the recent acquisition of Sensible Technology Inc. Recently, we continued our conversation on how touch technology will affect 3D printing.…


Added by Leslie Langnau on July 26, 2012 at 6:01am — No Comments

Soft Motion Simplifies Motion Control Programming

Motion control was once performed exclusively through tedious and painstaking low-level code-based programming of hardware devices; but, modern machine automation hardware and software greatly simplified this task and allowed some of elements of machine motion software programs to be automatically generated from user-entered move data. At the same time, users began to write machine control software programs by mixing and matching the five IEC 61131-3 programming languages, all of them…


Added by Kimi Shen on July 17, 2012 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Update on Student Loans and a reduction for engineers

As promised, I am striving to keep all readers updated on the current student loan reductions for engineers. I am supplying this link for all to see how their loan repayment situation can be resolved.

Once again, good luck to you.


Added by Natasha Townsend on July 17, 2012 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

Rostock: a delta robot 3D printer prototype

This is such a cool idea, using a delta robot to function as the print head for 3D printing objects.  

Thingiverse user Johann is working on a new delta robot 3D printer prototype called Rostock. The Rostock 3D printer is 30 inches (77 cm) tall, and the build volume is 8x8x16 inches (20x20x40 cm).…


Added by Leslie Langnau on July 17, 2012 at 7:02am — No Comments

TDK-Lambda iPhone and Android Apps Provide Access to Power Supply Tech Terms

Whether a student, engineer or hobbyi st, this new Power Supply Glossary App provides quick and easy mobile access to a wealth of information applicable to power supply technologies.

The App is available at http://us.tdk-lambda.com/lp/about/phone-apps.htm; alternatively search in iTunes for ‘TDK-Lambda…


Added by Natasha Townsend on July 16, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Building a RollsRoyce Jet engine out of Legos

I might be showing too much of my inner geek, but I like this video

Added by Leslie Langnau on July 11, 2012 at 11:37am — No Comments

3 Tips for Reducing Errors in Machine Design Revisions


1) Save a Copy of the Original

2) Print the BOM and areas that are changing on complex projects

3) Think and Prepare!!!  In CAD you can do anything.  Not so with a metal part!  A revision means that some or all of the machine exists.  So THINK! 

Hard code holes because they already exist in that spot in the metal part.  You now have to work around existing holes. 

Make sure dependent parts are redefined in your CAD assembly so…


Added by Susan Straley on July 10, 2012 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

3D printing helps prototype car that will travel faster than a bullet

The BLOODHOUND Project is an international education initiative focused around a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. The core aim is to inspire young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) by showcasing these subjects in exciting ways. The Project Director is Richard Noble and the Program Architect is Dan Johns.

This car will be powered by a jet engine and a rocket as it attempts to go at least 1,000 mph. Key parts of the…


Added by Leslie Langnau on July 9, 2012 at 5:36am — No Comments

Xilinx is hiring

Xilinx Inc. will invest $50 million to expand its electronics engineering operations, located at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork, Ireland. The company will recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and for its engineering center in Cork. A further 15 staffers will be hired across a broad range of disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.

The new investment is supported by Irish…


Added by Natasha Townsend on July 6, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

How to evaluate a 3D printer, additive manufacturing system

In the additive manufacturing world, probably the most common question is: What is the best 3D printing system or technology for me? At the recent AMUG conference, Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc., and Kevin Ayers, Specialist in Additive Manufacturing for the FBI, gave tips on how to evaluate any 3DP/AM option. Here are a few of them.

1. Do extensive research. While Grimm and Ayers proposed an exhaustive procedure as a best practice, they advised that…


Added by Leslie Langnau on July 2, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

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