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Robot Riot : Homecoming at Emporium

Posted October 24th, 2017 by Eli Petrov

Robot Riot is the self-proclaimed backyard wrestling of robotics. Human-made robots attempt to destroy their opponents on table-tops for votes from the crowd or complete domination for the win. Our Design Engine team decided to visit Emporium’s Robot Riot: Homecoming Event on October 15, 2017 to see what all the fuss was all about. 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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Event Showcase: Humanscale’s “Beyond Sustainability” Discussion

Posted August 4th, 2017 by Design Engine

The 4th floor of the Soho House set the scene for a thoughtful and compelling presentation about sustainability in furniture design. The presenter was Jon Strassner, Director of Workplace Strategy at Humanscale. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Jon is passionate about Humanscale’s role in the Net Positive Movement. Jon has been a speaker at […]

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Elon Musk Believes Artificial Intelligence is The Biggest Threat We Face as a Civilization

Posted July 17th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk sees artificial intelligence as the biggest threat to humanity. Musk, speaking at the National Governors Association on Saturday, explained, “There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us. … I mean all of us.” […]

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WAN GERIN Custom Bikes: The Perfect Balance Between Comfort & Performance

Posted July 7th, 2017 by Design Engine

Last week we visited Noah Wangerin at his bike frame building studio in Bridgeport, Chicago. Noah creates custom geometry hand-made bike frames. He does custom jobs for friends and customers who want something a little more special than a mass-manufactured bike from Walmart. Noah iterated that the benefit of a custom made bicycle is the […]

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FEA Workshop: Workflow Based Approach

Posted July 6th, 2017 by Design Engine

Workflow-Based FEA at Design Engine 3D simulation tools are designed to put the laws of physics AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. The design process can be dynamic and hands-on, and so should be your FEA training. Here at Design Engine, we deliver a PROJECT-BASED, WEB-DELIVERED, INTERACTIVE learning experience. Software tools are not learned by reading, they are learned […]

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Gone are the Days of the Fingerprint Sensor, iPhone 8 Could be Unlocked Using 3D Face Scanning System

Posted July 5th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Apple is testing an improved security system for the iPhone 8, launching later this year, that would allow users to login, authenticate payments and launch secure apps by using a 3D scanner to recognize the user’s face. Bloomberg reports that a source “familiar with the product,” – who asked not to be named – is […]

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A History Lesson on Alias 3D Software

Posted June 28th, 2017 by Design-Engine

Understanding the history of a particular software and why it was created in the first place can be exciting and insightful, especially for those who are interested in or are currently using the software. Not only is the vision and idea behind the creation important but also the driving forces, the people behind it, and […]

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Event Showcase: Worthy Women’s Chicago Summit

Posted June 28th, 2017 by Design Engine

The ladies of Design Engine took a trip to Chicago’s first Worthy Women Summit this Wednesday. Graphic Design Intern, Juliana Privitera had first come across this conference when she was looking at the various events held at the 1871 space within the Merchandise Mart. The company, Worthy Women began with a vision to make women […]

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The Glance Mirror: The Future of Reflective Surfaces

Posted June 23rd, 2017 by Design Engine

“The mirror business is a business I could really see myself in.” quotes Glance Displays CEO, Dave Krawczyk. The idea for the Glance Mirror appeared to Dave in a home technologies concept video back in 2011. Five years later, he finally had the skills, and team to start to make his dream a reality. The […]

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Mark Cuban Reinvents the Hoverboard, But Calls It a “Rideable”

Posted June 16th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Billionaire and Shark Tank Star Mark Cuban seems to agree that for a hoverboard to be a hoverboard it has to actually…hover. His team at Radical Transport has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Radical Moov, an “electric rideable” that looks very similar to those exploding hoverboards but promises to be much, much safer. The […]

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NeoCon 2017- Our Favorite Find

Posted June 13th, 2017 by Design Engine

A team from Design Engine took a trip to NeoCon 2017 this week to experience what’s new and what’s next in the commercial design industry. Neocon is a yearly interior design convention that serves as a gathering place for the design community’s key players. For the past five decades, Neocon has been a launch pad […]

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AFTERBURN: Creo vs Solidworks June 15, 2017 6:00-9:00pm

Posted June 6th, 2017 by Design Engine

AFTERBURN: Applying Creo & Solidworks to Freud’s “Narcissism of Minor Differences” Theory  WHAT: Design Engine is hosting our AfterBurn networking event with a discussion in our Chicago studio.  Join us Thursday, June 15th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at 120 N. Green Street THEME: Creo vs Solidworks: comparing small differences between the two. Design Engine 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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Elon Musk’s Latest Venture, The Boring Company

Posted April 30th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent TED talk how he plans to build a vast underground transportation network that would transport cars on an electric skate – all so traffic could be avoided. The Boring Company, as it’s officially named, was born out of Musk’s frustration with Los Angeles’ legendary traffic […]

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Road Racing Track Maps

Posted April 23rd, 2017 by Design-Engine

Here we will post a wide variety of track maps  over the next few weeks & months for the racers & Track Day folks who are interested.  Email me bart@designengnine.com to discuss new Maps or changes to existing maps. These tracks are created slightly wider than the equivalent google earth plan view or aerial view of […]

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Scewo, The Most Stylish Stair-Climbing Wheelchair

Posted April 11th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

A group of master students from Switzerland want to solve a common wheelchair problem – the difficulty in using a wheelchair to climb stairs. The Scewo wheelchair uses rubber tracks to safely climb staircases and is even stable enough for spiral staircases. The designers behind the one-of-a-kind wheelchair plan to bring it to market by […]

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