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The All-In-One 3D Printer, Laser Engraver and CNC Machine

In the ever changing world of 3D printers, it can be hard for a company to set itself apart from the competition. Snapmaker plans to do just that with its Kickstarter campaign for its extremely reliable and durable 3D printer featuring an all-metal design that can be converted in a laser engraver or CNC machine […]

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Volkswagen’s Sedric, The Self-Driving Lounge on Wheels

Imagining a world dominated by self-driving vehicles is something many automobile companies have taken part in. Volkswagen (VW) recently released their newest autonomous concept car, which they have aptly named Sedric – as in self-driving car. Sedric is VW’s first concept car created for level 5 autonomous driving. Meaning VW imagines Sedric as a fully […]

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Uber for the Sky: Drone Taxis Set to Fly in Dubai This Summer

It would be another world’s first for the city of Dubai – autonomous taxi drones are set to take flight this summer. Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed plans for the Chinese-made EHang 184 drone to carry passengers to their destination without the need for a pilot.  While it may seem many years away, RTA […]

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

High-Tech Compost, Zera, Turns Food Waste Into Fertilizer in 24 hours

While most traditional food composts are made to be kept outside, the Zera designed by Whirlpool’s WLabs, is an attractive indoor food recycler. As part of an Indiegogo campaign, the company claims the Zera can convert a week’s worth of food waste into homemade ready-to-use fertilizer in just 24 hours. According to Whirlpool, the average […]

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Toyota Thinks We Should Be Emotionally Connected to Our Future Cars

Toyota believes vehicles of the future should be built with the philosophy of “kinetic warmth,” the belief that mobile technology should foster an emotional connection with the user and should be warm, welcoming and most importantly, fun. For this, Toyota’s CALTY Design Research team designed the Concept-i, an autonomous vehicle with onboard AI Agent “Yui” […]

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AFTERBURN: Sustainable Design – Oct 20, 2016, 6-9 PM

AFTERBURN: No more blank stares … Breaking the myths of sustainable design THEME Sustainable Design WHAT Design Engine is hosting our AfterBurn networking event with a discussion in our Chicago studio.  Join us Thursda...
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Suzuki brake rotors created by participants while learning to design with Solidworks training class

SolidWorks Training – Learn to Design using Solidworks

SolidWorks Training  – Learn to Design using Solidworks Solidworks Course Duration: 40 hours Next Course: Week of October 10th 2016 Tuition: $2,200 US Overview: Solidworks Training Level 1 Although this class is des...
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Five Steps to Using Sustainability Data in Design

How and why of using environmental impact data in design Have any of these innovative ideas for products with a strong ‘sustainability’ story crossed your desk lately?  Edible cutlery becoming mainstream just as ...
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Iveco Premieres Its Zero-Impact Concept Truck

The Iveco Z Truck, designed by CNH Industrial Design Centre and dubbed as a “totally sustainable transport system,” combines alternative energy sources, new technologies and autonomous driving to become the long-haul zero-i...
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Snapchat Changes Its Name and Introduces Spectacles

Snapchat, or now the renamed Snap Inc., has introduced Spectacles, sunglasses with video technology that allow users to quickly record and share “memories.” Spectacles are Snap’s first foray into wearable technology. The...
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Smiling Car Alerts Pedestrians When It’s Safe To Cross

Semcon, a Swedish-based company has developed what they call the “Smiling Car,” a proposed feature for autonomous cars that would use a digital smile to let pedestrians know when it’s safe to cross the rode, even ...
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