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Beyond Archimedes: Engineers of Classical Antiquity and Lost Technologies

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Design-Engine

It is acknowledged by many classical historians that the burning of the Library of Alexandria may well be one of the most horrific losses humankind has suffered in terms of centuries of lost development and advancement not to mention the loss of historical knowledge, drama and the arts. While it may be hard to quantify […]

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Daniel Streng and IDEE

Posted June 11th, 2018 by Design-Engine

Daniel Streng is a designer of furniture. He is quite knowledgeable about design and marketing strategies and sometimes uses these strategies to reach potential clients. For some years now he has worked with IDEE, a Japanese furniture company. I had the chance to interview him and in this article I’ll introduce IDEE and Daniel Streng’s […]

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Liquid Robotics Offer Wave Glider Robots to the Military

Posted September 13th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider autonomous robotic surface platform for ocean surveying is broadening its activity to offer government and military solutions by establishing the new Federal Business unit. The new unit is expected to double the number of employees over the next months, in anticipation to the growing potential and interest from […]

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Design and Engineering Software Packages Overview

Posted October 8th, 2012 by Design-Engine

This article does not claim to be authoritative or in depth yet is merely an overview of the various 3D software most commonly used by engineers and industrial designers. With this is mind it hopes to lend some insight that might be helpful to those wishing to learn more about the capabilities and strong points […]

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Lime to Re-Launch in Denver

Posted September 18th, 2018 by Ariel Berchtold

Mobility Action Plan in Action Just a few short weeks after being removed from Denver’s streets, dockless scooters are set to make a comeback. Denver residents woke up one May morning to find hundreds of bright-green scooters strewn across the city. The scooters, part of  The Mile High City’s “Mobility Action Plan,” were put in […]

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Carbon Fiber: The Road to Affordability

Posted January 17th, 2013 by Design-Engine

In early 2006 I had been been in steady contact with some of the designers/engineering staff from Cannondale with the intention of sending an instructor to their facility to raise the level of their Pro/E 3D skills. While it is often helpful to have a vendor send in some sample 3D drawings to fully understand […]

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Electrification 2.0, A Second Act for Tesla

Posted January 19th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Tesla Motors the company that brought back the electric car form the wilderness and in fact gave allure and glamour to electric cars in the guise of the boutique 2 seater performance car is now gearing up for what may be the make or break of the California based company. The introduction of the Model […]

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G-pod’s Storage Container Based Off-grid Living Space

Posted September 11th, 2014 by Design-Engine

ong Kong and Australia-based company G-pod has unveiled a new shipping container home that it hopes will stand out from the sizable competition thanks to a novel expandable design that increases usable floor space significantly. The G-pod Dwell can also operate off-grid and optional extras include a rainwater collection unit and solar array. Not to be confused […]

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The Magic of Pixar and Maya

Posted July 16th, 2018 by Eli Petrov and 1 more

Last Friday we went on a work field trip to discover the magic behind Pixar Animation Studios through an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. Since we offer classes using Maya software, we wanted to understand Pixar’s relationship with it, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. We […]

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Floating Design: Olivier Grossetête Creates Pont de Singe Bridge

Posted December 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Bringing daydreams to life is what French artist Olivier Grossetête does best. Known for his visionary installation designs, this year for the United Kingdom’s Tatton Japanese Park Biennial, Grossetête designed Pont de Singe Bridge. Themed around flight, in an effort to test the boundaries of design this is Grossetête’s second floating infrastructure. “I like to […]

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Cloud Storage Comparison Guide

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Design-Engine

Following Microsoft’s recent relaunch of SkyDrive as OneDrive, there is a little more parity and competition at the top of the cloud storage market. How do the options stack up against each other though? This article provides a comparison of the main players – Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive. […]

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Smart Tech Firearm Challenge Offers US$1m to Advance Gun Safety

Posted April 10th, 2014 by Design-Engine

While legislative solutions to curbing gun violence in the US continue to meet fervent opposition, the Smart Tech Foundation, formed to incentivize free-market solutions to firearm safety, aims to take a different route. Through its Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge, it believes circumventing the political debate and fostering innovation in smart gun technology is a […]

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Christopher Jenner Masters Elegance In Design with Chicago Diptyque

Posted January 2nd, 2013 by Design-Engine

No stranger to high-end boutiques, Wicker Park embraces its newest competitor, Parisian shop diptyque. With boutiques in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York diptyque has created a worldwide persona of sophistication. The locations designer, Christopher Jenner captures foreign elegance fit for a king in his newest creation. Recently awarded British Breakthrough Talent of […]

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The Industrial Object Redefined

Posted September 5th, 2012 by Design-Engine

The offices of Design-Engine Education are located in what was once known exclusively as the meat packing district (West Loop) of Chicago. To this day it has some notable remnants of this era mixed in among the upscale restaurants and condo lofts. One of my favorite pieces of office decor, which were a reflection of […]

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Ideation for Offshore Nuclear Plants at MIT

Posted July 18th, 2014 by Design-Engine

How do you make nuclear energy safely and cheaply? The answer is simple: Build it with well-tested existing technology and put it in a safe location, in a place where it can be easily cooled, and safe from events such as earthquakes or tsunamis. Jacopo Buongiorno, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, […]

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The Aesthetics of Charging

Posted November 28th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Charging stations are starting to appear in urban spaces all over the U.S and take on many forms from almost nondescript looking kiosks to noteworthy pieces of design. We will look at a number of these in this article. In terms of the charging standards that have been debated internationally there has been an accord […]

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“Project Hieroglyph” Envisions Stories for a Brighter Future

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Design-Engine

op culture has painted a darkly dystopian vision of the future. But a new book hopes to harness the power of science fiction to plot out a more optimistic path for the real world. Just glancing at this week’s movie listings, those in the US can see humans battling super apes for world domination, a […]

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The DOE National Lab System: The Most Important Pipeline

Posted March 27th, 2013 by Design-Engine

Design-Engine has a steady and consistent relationship with Sandia National Lab. Here there was a significant amount of Pro/E use among the staff and a steady stream of their people would make the trip to Chicago for Pro/E training that was customized to their skill levels and areas of focus. Sandia National Lab which is […]

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4D Printing May Help Create Self-Assembling Objects

Posted September 23rd, 2015 by Design-Engine

While you’ve most likely heard of 3D printing before, scientists are now using 4D printing to create self-folding structures. This technology still employs 3D printing technology, but the components for 4D printing are made from smart shape-memory materials that, when in contact with heat, are able to assemble from a flat structure to a 3D […]

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Roadless Wheel Concept Adjusts to All Terrains

Posted November 6th, 2013 by Design-Engine

  Graduate student Ackeem Ngwenya has combined the 6000 year-old wheel with modern materials to develop a new type of all-terrain wheel assembly that switches from narrow to wide tread at the turn of a screw. His Roadless wheel system, while envisioned for rural applications in his native Malawi, has the potential to be as […]

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