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The mystery of the ziplock omelet: Is it toxic?

So, a coworker related to me how his mother-in-law made an omelet by combining the raw ingredients in a plastic ziplock bag, sealing it, and boiling it in water for 14 minutes. I was a bit skeptical, but tried it last night, and it worked like a dream. It was so easy, didn't require any skill and there was absolutely no clean up required. I should add that it also tasted fantastic.

I posted on Facebook about it, and was surprised that many people hated on the idea. One of the…

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Added by Paul J. Heney on December 16, 2011 at 7:32am — 9 Comments

Engineeer Time Saver Websites

My VP of Product Design, Marc Escobosa, recently directed me to four sites that he thought were particularly useful to engineers. I’d like to share them with you now, plus debut a free new Arena tool for electrical engineers—Arena… Continue

Added by Alyssa Sittig on August 22, 2011 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

What is your engineering degree worth?

I see my engineering degree every morning. It hangs above my dresser, a badge of honor for five of the toughest, yet most rewarding years of my life. It represents late nights studying, way too much calculus and thermodynamics, and likely an ulcer or two.



I was lucky to have chosen a public institution where even the out-of-state tuition was reasonable. And I was fortunate to have grandparents who were willing to help cover the cost of tuition. Many of my friends graduated with tens…

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Added by Paul J. Heney on June 10, 2011 at 7:09am — 25 Comments

Put your head in the cloud

Does anyone know what the cloud or cloud computing really means? I have noticed that many alleged experts on the subject do not commit to a rigorous definition. I suspect they are waiting to see what finally precipitates out of the “ether,” which will probably be driven by engineers and CAE users who routinely collaborate around the world.



But, I think I have an idea of what it may comprise. I read Getting Organized in the Google Era, by Douglas C. Merrill and James A. Martin.… Continue

Added by John R. Gyorki on March 3, 2011 at 6:17am — 3 Comments

Engineer thinks "outside the box" for new toy design

Here's a cool story about an engineer and his experience with Protomold to develop a new toy.  His choices deliver good info for other engineers.

 

When it comes to rapid prototyping, product design presents you with a series of choices involving the function and aesthetic of the product, the methods of manufacture to be used to realize the product, and physical, financial, timeline, and other constraints on the choices. This month’s tip…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on February 28, 2011 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Expanding digital dentistry: 3D Systems offers new dental printer

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a manufacturer of 3D printers, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing equipment, announced its new 2011 ProJet™ DP 3000 3D printer, a dental CAD/CAM 3D printer for wax-up production that provides measurable financial returns and a proven ROI for the dental lab.

The new ProJet™ DP 3000 printer features an expanded ultra-high definition build area that delivers up to a 60% productivity improvement, enabling dental labs to dramatically ramp up… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on February 24, 2011 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

ZCorp. discusses recent major milestones

Customers ordered more than 7 million cubic inches of materials from Z Corporation, maker of 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and 3D scanning technologies. This is a record sale for the company of the build materials used to print 3D models. In Q4 2010, Z Corp. sold more consumables than in any previous quarter in the company's 16-year history. Based on an average size model such as a coffee cup, this would be the equivalent of printing 25,000 new design ideas every…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on February 24, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

Live the Dream 2011

Had a discussion  today and got a chance to help the Entrepreneur connect with some potential suppliers for a really cool consumer product - be interesting to see his plan come in....

 

 

Added by Scott McCafferty on February 27, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments

MD&M West show wrap-up

The Medical Design & Manufacturing show, held at the Anaheim Convention Center last week, was really just a part of the overall action, with sister shows focusing on packaging, electronics, automation, plastics, aerospace/defense, and sustainable manufacturing. Attendance was decent and exhibitors were mostly pleased with the event.

Kevin Gingerich of Bosch Rexroth’s Linear…

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Added by Paul J. Heney on February 23, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

Live Your Dream Contest

Just wanted to share with you a program we're launching - would love your participation or share with other folks. We're working out some details on rules and regulations, but sneak peak at a news release tomorrow. Appreciate any feedback or comments here.

 

Cleveland Based B2B Media Company Launches “Live your Dream; Be An Entrepreneur” Contest with $25,000.00 for Winning Business Idea

Contest to foster business development in Cleveland,…

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Added by Scott McCafferty on February 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Engineers with a good idea get a boost from Quickparts



Bernie Graham, an inventor from North Bay Ontario, Canada, likes to read from a popular tablet. But some functions, such as typing and gaming, are more difficult to do on tablets than others, especially if you need to hold the tablet with at least one hand.

“Bernie had an idea for a hands-free stand that would sit on your lap, making tablets and e-readers more comfortable and…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on February 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

If you didn't make it to MD&M West . . . . here's what you missed

The 2011 MD&M West is over, but the contacts and connections made there continue. If you weren’t able to visit the show, here are a few of the highlights pertaining to Make Parts Fast.

This year’s show was primarily about investigating the various offerings of vendors. Plenty of technical support people were on hand to answer questions and help designers solve rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on February 16, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

What is it about PCB Design?

What is it about PCB's that make them such an interesting piece of engineering?



I'm asking myself this question as I sit here on a Friday evening after a week of fairly intensive work on PCB design documentation etc...  From my point of view I create a multitude of different board designs from single layer power supply application boards to multilayer test boards being used in instrumentation.  Each of these types of designs have their own frustrations…

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Added by Simon Farnell on February 12, 2011 at 12:40pm — 8 Comments

Static Jolted my Memory

I got shocked from the light switch last night. I saw the little arc from my finger to the light switch and felt the extra voltage behind it. It jump-started my memory of stories from customers about what static electricity has caused in their surroundings...

People tell me about seeing the arc hit someone from a foot away - OUCH! And then to have someone speak about getting hit anywhere unmentionable - that just adds to the ouch factor. They have seen holes burned in clothes…

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Added by Kirk Edwards on December 8, 2010 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Repair technicians need serious training

We all have things that we must do, but would rather put off indefinitely. At the top of my list is taking my car into the dealer for service, even for a simple oil change. Just the thought of it makes my heart race, my blood pressure rise, and my voice utter squeaky sounds. Why? Because I doubt the mechanic had ever earned an engineering degree. Without the degree, it is not likely he would know how to diagnose a problem that his hand-held vehicle computer scanner could not… Continue

Added by John R. Gyorki on November 4, 2010 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Injection Molding Design Validation with DFMPro on Solidworks - Tutorial

What is DFMPro?

DFMPro is an easy-to-use design for manufacturability (DFM) tool for designers and manufacturing engineers that is seamlessly integrated into leading CAD platforms like SolidWorks® and Pro/ENGINEER®. It facilitates upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to…

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Added by Prashant Chandanapurkar on December 13, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Concentrated Solar Power Conference and Expo Oct 25-26, Denver

A recent solar association report stated that as of March 2010 the USA had over 423MW of operational CSP in production, but 10,836MW being developed. The US CSP market presents a massive opportunity, but there are many hurdles faced in getting a project off the ground.


CSP 2010 in Denver will cover pressing issues for developing CSP projects in the USA including:


-Locating CSP land
-Getting Into The…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on October 19, 2010 at 2:02pm — No Comments

America launches its first offshore wind farm: Cape Wind

Offshore wind has been given the go-ahead for construction in Cape Cod. The nation’s first lease for commercial offshore wind energy development was signed at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) North American Offshore Wind Conference in Atlantic City. On stage in front of an eager group of photographers and… Continue

Added by Kathie Zipp on October 8, 2010 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Lowing Your Operating Costs in Motor Control with Frequency inverters (Variable Frequency Drives)

Variable frequency drives (VFDs, also known as adjustable speed drives, frequency inverters) are reliable industrial devices that control single-phase or three-phase electric motor speed. Frequency inverters (frequency converters, frequency changers) are widely used in building automation, industrial, pumping, agricultural, irrigation, and water/wastewater applications to control the speed of fans and pumps in various systems in the industry. Our company GreenDriv Tech Limited offers… Continue

Added by Richard on October 10, 2010 at 6:56pm — 1 Comment

Do you need a 3D printer? Key questions to ask

What decision criteria do you use to justify the purchase of a 3D printer? Is it price? Price is in the spotlight lately as vendors either drop prices on some models as well as introduce lower priced versions.





While lower priced versions may entice some into the market who would have stayed on the sidelines, be aware of the tradeoffs…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on October 11, 2010 at 4:51am — No Comments

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