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Past Present & Future of CAD

Posted May 22nd, 2019 by Design Engine

CAD communication tools have evolved over the past 60+ years. At Design-engine we call CAD communication tools. From 2D line drawings to 3D CAD tools and in turn, these always placed a demand on the speed and innovation of the computers that operate them. Mainframe first followed by Unix based processors and Windows NT circa 1993 […]

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The Single-Person Commuter Car of the Future

Posted February 20th, 2019 by Greg Cali

The Electra Meccanica SOLO is believed to be the car of the future. The car resembles your everyday vehicle, but sliced in half right down the middle. This electric one-person vehicle is believed to be the vehicle of the future, because we live in a world where 119 million North Americans are commuting to and […]

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Is The Tesla Model 3 The 21st Century’s Model T?

Posted December 4th, 2018 by Dave Mazovick

Over the past year the subject of Tesla Model 3 production has been scrutinized and possibly over scrutinized by those in both the business and financial media in addition to online tech journals and established automotive publications. The financial establishment has it seems to be consistently dire and harsh in it’s predictions and assessments about […]

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Single-Use Plastics Ban

Posted November 13th, 2018 by Eli Petrov

The European Parliament recently voted a ban on particular single use plastics, things such as cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers.  The proposal is also demanding reduction in other single use plastics. The EU ban could go to effect across the bloc as early as 2021. The United States has also been introducing plastic […]

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The Arrival of Super Magnesium

Posted November 12th, 2018 by Dave Mazovick

In the course of focusing on new innovations, products and technologies we typically avoid the unproven, recent laboratory breakthrough or the idea that might be several years away from being a tangible product available to the consumer. In this sense, the new generation Magnesium alloy, dubbed Super Magnesium by Allite, is the antithesis of this. […]

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Why Dyson Is Well Positioned for the Electric Car Space

Posted November 1st, 2018 by Dave Mazovick

Written by Dave Mazovick Over the past few years it has become known and acknowledged that Dyson is planning to enter the electric car arena by with what it describes as innovative, forward thinking products that will rethink and refashion ground transportation both technologically and in terms of aesthetics. Much like Tesla, Dyson is very heavily defined by its […]

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2018 International Design Excellence Award Winners Announced

Posted September 28th, 2018 by Ariel Berchtold

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) announced this year’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) winners at their annual ceremony this past week. The annual IDEA gala, held this year on Sept. 19 at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, is one of the most prestigious design competitions globally. Every year, IDSA’s jury […]

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New York Wants You to Redesign Their City’s Trash Bin

Posted August 14th, 2018 by Eli Petrov

New York City has over 23,000 litter baskets outside. The most common design is the green wire mesh basket – due to the affordability and easy serviceability, the design has been left mostly the same since the 1930s. New yorkers feel that the wire basket is in need of a redesign. To find a new […]

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Die-Casting — an Overview

Posted May 14th, 2018 by Eli Petrov

Die casted part design (Above image courtesy of Metal Technologies) Die Casting Die Casting is a process in which molten metal is forced under high pressure into a mold cavity. The molten metal is is forced into a split metal die. Certain metals are cast in a “hot-chamber” die-casting machine, and others in a “cold-chamber” […]

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Peoria PTC User Group – Bradley University – 2018

Posted February 27th, 2018 by Scott Froemming

We at Design Engine had such a great time putting this event together with Bradley University. It was great having everyone get together and talk about design, engineering, and PTC. Each presentation ran about an hour. Here is a recap of the event. (For the 2019 event page click here) Keynote Presentation: “The future of […]

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2018 Chicago Auto show

Posted February 20th, 2018 by Eli Petrov

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Chicago auto show media preview days. With that, photographers were able to walk through the floors and take pictures of the vehicles without fighting through crowds or taking dozens of attempts to capture a photo without a person walking through the frame.  One of the best […]

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Bridging the Gap: Bridgewater Studio Brings Fantasy to Reality

Posted January 24th, 2018 by Eli Petrov and 1 more

Let me just start by saying, this place is awesome! Selfishly, I had wanted to set up a tour to play with their awesome BB8 replica as the nerdery is strong with me, but when I visited Bridgewater Studios I got much more than I had expected. They even have their own real-life robot! Three […]

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Top Down Design: And its History

Posted December 30th, 2017 by Design Engine

  Brief History of Top Down Design It all starts with Mil Spec standards. “MilSpecs”, are used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense.  Part of  that specification basically states that if you don’t own the oceans during war time that you can’t get replacement parts for your war logistics if […]

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ThingWorx, Augmented Reality, and IoT in the workplace

Posted December 13th, 2017 by Eli Petrov

AR/VR, along with the Internet of Things (IoT) Ar/VR and IoT has been talked about for a few years now as the next big thing. To help get it straight, Techcrunch explained it like this: Virtual Reality (AR): places users inside the virtual world, immersing them. Augmented Reality (VR):Overlays virtual objects on the user’s real […]

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3D printing and Spare Part Supply Chain Effects

Posted November 13th, 2017 by Eli Petrov

Everyone keeping up with technology, engineering, and design should have heard about 3D printing. Much of the general population has heard of it, but most likely the majority don’t understand the capabilities and how this will change numerous industries, and supply chains. Before 3D printing people were predominantly using CNC machining to have the products […]

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Man vs Machine – Rossi against Yamaha Robot

Posted November 6th, 2017 by Design Engine

Author: Sean MacDonald Originally published on cycleworld.com November 3, 2017   Yamaha claimed back in 2015 that it would build a robot that could ride a motorcycle around a racetrack faster than Valentino Rossi, the man considered the greatest roadracer of all time. It’s now two years later and Yamaha’s Motobot can not only operate a motorcycle, but it […]

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Whitaker Studio’s Futuristic Shipping Container Home Set to Begin Construction

Posted October 5th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Whitaker Studio’s Joshua Tree Residence takes shipping container architecture to the next level. Commissioned by a Los Angeles-based film producer, the home’s design takes inspiration from an earlier concept by Whitaker Studio intended for an office building that was never realized. Set to begin construction in 2018, the home’s starburst configuration was carefully planned by the […]

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Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks World Record, Traveling 1,102 Miles on A Single Charge

Posted September 20th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

California-based company Proterra believes their electric buses could be another step towards removing our reliance on fossil fuels. Proterra’s Catalyst E2 Max Electric bus set a new world record for the longest distance traveled – 1,102.2 miles – by an electric vehicle on a single charge. The 40-foot bus packs a hefty 660kWh battery, as […]

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Eviation Unveils All-Electric Private Jet

Posted August 31st, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Eviation Aircraft released the first prototype of an all-electric airplane. Named the “Alice”, the zero-emission aircraft has the capacity to carry nine passengers and two crew members and has a range of roughly 600 miles. Eviation Aircraft markets the Alice as a commuter plane that could be used to book short trips between major cities […]

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The Proposed Improvements to Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

Posted August 15th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

A fresh set of renderings for the transformation of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive have been revealed. The new plan calls for a 70-acre park extending out into Lake Michigan as well as upgrades to the beaches at Oak Street and Ohio Street. The new proposals have been developed by the state and city departments of […]

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