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Colorado PTC USER Group (COPUG) Annual Meeting 2018

Posted August 14th, 2018 by Design Engine

COPUG Annual Meeting 2018 Each Region or PTC User chapter has a meeting of the minds once or twice per year where Pro/Engineer users gather together to share their knowledge. This September 6th PTC User conference is no different. It is being held in Denver CO at Dave & Buster’s in Denver, hosted by the […]

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The Magic of Pixar and Maya

Posted July 16th, 2018 by Eli Petrov and Liz Wisdom

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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Design Engine Open House

Posted July 6th, 2018 by Design Engine

We have settled into our new neighborhood, but we haven’t had a chance to throw a get together with food, drinks, and friends yet. So, we will be doing that on July 26! This is a great opportunity to network with those in the design and engineering industry or to ask questions about our services.  If […]

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Neocon 2018

Posted June 15th, 2018 by Design Engine

NeoCon Interior Design Showcase Neocon is an annual furniture design showcase held at the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. This year, Design Engine went to cover the 50th installment of the most important event of the year for the commercial furniture design industry. The world’s leading furniture designers come to showcase their incredibly talented work […]

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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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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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Sketching — Another Way for Engineers to Communicate Ideas

Posted April 12th, 2018 by Eli Petrov

                    Engineers need to possess many skills, most of which being technical, however, especially for engineering design, creativity is also required. In order to innovate, creativity is essential.  Visual thinking and the Generation of ideas  Visual thinking is key in creativity and design. What is visual […]

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“The Future of Work is Learning” – Heather McGowan

Posted March 12th, 2018 by Design Engine

Automation and Artificial Intelligence are words that are used interchangeably but are very different. Automation is defined as “automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor” (Merriam Webster) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)  is the ability of machines that can mimic intelligent human […]

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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 Liz Wisdom

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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Carpet Cloak for Invisibility

Posted January 9th, 2018 by Design Engine

“For generations, the topic of invisibility has been of great interest. Although it was once dismissed as science fiction, it has now become reality on a small scale. Physics textbooks around the world must be rewritten and scientists must admit that they were wrong” (Michio Kaku). In 2011, two independent research teams, one from MIT […]

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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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Northern Utah SOLIDWORKS User Group

Posted December 4th, 2017 by Design Engine

Northern Utah SOLIDWORKS User Group (NUSWUG) – A group to link SOLIDWORKS professionals in the Greater Salt Lake Area, to share tips-n-tricks and best practices using SOLIDWORKS and to connect engineering and design professionals. Date: 12-07-2017 Time: 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM Length: 2 Hours 0 Minutes Location: Edwards Lifescience Agenda: 5:00pm – 7:00pm | RSVP […]

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BioLite FirePit: Making Fires Toasty Instead of Smokey

Posted November 21st, 2017 by Eli Petrov

If you are an outdoors lover like me, you probably like to go camping , grill food, or sit outside at night with friends around a warm fire. Man has been doing these activities since he learned how to make a fire, and i’m sure once the initial excitement of this essential discovery wore off, […]

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AFTERBURN: Plastic Part Design / Mold Design – Theory and Application

Posted November 13th, 2017 by Design Engine

AFTERBURN: Applying Creo Plastic Part Design & Mold Design – Theory & Application  Click here to view the web stream! Access Code > > > 871-513-837 WHAT: Design Engine is hosting our AfterBurn networking event with a discussion in our Chicago studio.  Join us November, 16th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at 120 N. Green Street located in […]

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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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BMW and Automotive UX

Posted October 31st, 2017 by Design Engine

  When I think of automotive design, I think of the straight lines, and boxiness of the 90’s cars, then I think of the feminine curves of the next decades cars. I think of the once simple interiors where everything was operated with a button or dial. I then think about the LCD screens,, automatic […]

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