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Britain is Developing a Highway System That Charges Electric Cars On The Go

Posted August 31st, 2015 by Design-Engine

Stopping to charge your electric vehicle may soon be a thing of the past. England is in development to create roads that will charge your electric car, while you drive on the highway. Although electric cars have become more popular and convenient, one issue still remains, they have to be charged at charging stations. And […]

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A Design Grad’s Perspective: The “Why” Manifesto

Posted December 13th, 2011 by Design-Engine

Having decided that my first contribution to the design community would not be a sterile technical article but something that could reach beyond our all-knowing-decision-taking cortex all the way down to the limbic system, I decided to share what has been my first “industry experience” as a senior student within a product design company based […]

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The Flying Drone Made for Selfies

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

AirSelfie is a flying camera that is small enough to fit inside of your smartphone case. As you may have guessed the AirSelfie is meant for taking selfies, without the hassle of having to hold up a selfie stick till your arm hurts. The AirSelfie drone connects to iOS or Android phones via Wi-Fi and […]

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A near Future of PTC Windchill.
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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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Google Launches Project Bloks, a Physical Toy System to Teach Kids Coding

Posted June 28th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Learning to code can be a difficult process that involves sitting in front of a computer screen for hours. To make it more fun and to cater it to children, Google has developed a Lego-like toy system named Project Bloks. This system uses physical toy blocks that connect together and are assigned a function, which […]

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This Picture Frame Makes Objects Move in Slow Motion

Posted September 7th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Slow Dance uses science and art to create a truly one of a kind optical illusion sculpture. The Slow Dance picture frame is unlike any picture frame you have witnessed before – it makes real objects move in slow motion right before your eyes. The design of the Slow Dance is relatively simple. Essentially, it […]

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Next Generation Survival Suit

Posted November 2nd, 2012 by Design-Engine

By: Bob Duncan A little history first…. As a pilot for Alaska Airlines, I have always been amazed by the fortitude of Alaskan fisherman. For three years I flew into Dutch Harbor; to say that it is a challenging airport to land at would be an understatement. However, even my most harrowing approaches and landings […]

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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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Semprius to Bring High Efficiency Solar Panel to Market this Year

Posted May 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

The pages of science and tech websites are regularly filled with pronouncements of next big thing innovations or early stage breakthroughs that are often highly theoretical. Often they reflect something achieved in laboratory conditions which may not see the light of day for years if ever at all. Due to this problem, there is a […]

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Zuri Handcrafted Bamboo Bicycles out of Africa

Posted July 30th, 2012 by Design-Engine

No matter how many bamboo bicycles we see – and we have seen a few – they continue to astound with their otherworldly looks. Zuri is a German operation that hand builds bicycles in Africa out of locally sourced bamboo. It’s multi-hued bamboo-framed bikes are designed for both city commuting and mountain biking. Bamboo has […]

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Japanese Architects Create Apartment Building For Bikers

Posted July 5th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Japanese architects Yuji Nakae, Akiyoshi Takagi and Hiroshi Ohno have teamed up to build an apartment house complex specifically designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Called ‘NE apartment’, the 8-unit apartment building is located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Each unit has three floors and is built with a personal garage that doubles as its front door. The […]

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NeoCon 2019: What’s next is what’s here

Posted June 3rd, 2019 by Sondra Ellingson

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 470 Chicago, IL 60654 USA Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.  500 leading companies, 50,000 design professionals, 100 CEU seminars. Major manufacturers, emerging […]

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The Continuing, Improving Story of LED Light Bulbs

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Design-Engine

It was only 3 years ago that recently introduced 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs were introduced at price points in the 25 to 30 dollar range.  Now, in of June 2015 wehave finally seen the price fall below the 5 dollar per bulb mark with Home Depot selling the TCP 60 watt equivalents for 4.88 over the past few weeks […]

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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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Amazon Explores Possibilities of Drone Delivery

Posted July 11th, 2014 by Design-Engine

mazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, […]

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Toyota Thinks We Should Be Emotionally Connected to Our Future Cars

Posted January 10th, 2017 by Design-Engine

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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This Dress is 3D-Printed and Requires Zero Assembly

Posted March 4th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Nervous System’s design studio has found a way to intersect fashion and technology. As part of exhibition “#techstyle” with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA,) they have created the Kinematics Petal dress, an intricate 3D-printed dress that emerges from the printer fully assembled and ready to wear. To create this type of dress, Nervous System had […]

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GrabCAD Review: Engineering Community with Free CAD Library

Posted December 12th, 2011 by Design-Engine

GrabCAD is a community founded by mechanical engineers. It is also a place for engineers to share their talent, expand knowledge, find a dream project and work with tools and features that make life better. Their HQ is located in Boston, MA with the development team in Estonia. Becoming a Member for FREE GrabCAD is […]

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Architect Turns Old Abandoned Factory into His Stunning Home

Posted May 9th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Spanish Architect Ricardo Bofill spent 45 years converting an abandoned World War One-era concrete factory into his home. Bofill first discovered the concrete factory just outside of Barcelona in 1973. Now having named it La Fábrica, he explained on his website, “I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometers of underground tunnels, and machine […]

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