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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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GUNNAR OPTIKS – Eye-Strain Reducing Glasses

Posted March 15th, 2013 by Design-Engine

GUNNAR OPTIKS – Eye-Strain Reducing Glasses For people who spend hours a day in front of a computer screen like I do, eyestrain is a common occurrence. With this comes headaches and fatigue. In my search for ways to deal with this issue I came across a company named Gunnar who designs eye glasses for […]

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Smiling Car Alerts Pedestrians When It’s Safe To Cross

Posted September 23rd, 2016 by Design-Engine

Semcon, a Swedish-based company has developed what they call the “Smiling Car,” a proposed feature for autonomous cars that would use a digital smile to let pedestrians know when it’s safe to cross the rode, even if the driver inside the car is not paying attention. Self-driving cars come with their own set of advantages […]

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Laney College SolidWorks User Group

Posted September 24th, 2018 by Design Engine

Laney College SolidWorks User Group When: Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 6:30PM – 9PM Presenter: Michael Run Where: Laney College   Location: Laney College Room F170C Overview: Design and engineering with SolidWorks from an industrial designer’s perspective. Explore basic to advanced surface modeling to capture ideas for consumer product exploration. Analyzing surface continuity of CAD […]

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Industry News

The Wearable Wave of the Future

Posted June 5th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Think back with me for a moment before we think forward. Remember that scene in 1989’s Back to the Future II where Marty McFly travels to the future with Doc to save his future children? Immediately Doc endows Marty with a jacket and shoes infused with technological advantages. Your jacket adjusts to just the right […]

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The Hot Rox Electronic Hand Warmer

Posted November 17th, 2011 by Design-Engine

The cold weather has already reached some of us, and are not enjoying it. Those of us that absolutely hate it how our hands feel when they reached that cold temperature, there’s something else for you besides heat packs. The Hot Rox Electronic Hand Warmer is designed to be held in your hands and keep […]

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Product Reviews

The Best Racing Simulator in The World

Posted September 11th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Possibly the best racing simulator facility could be in France. In a dark room not entirely unlike the set for Blade Runner a genuine LMP2 test driver called Thomas asks some awkward questions. “Are you physically fit? Have you eaten recently? Do you need the bathroom?” Not really. Can’t remember. I didn’t until now. “The […]

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Segway’s Alternative to Those Exploding Hoverboards

Posted June 10th, 2016 by Design-Engine

If you’ve heard of the super-popular hoverboards, you have likely also heard that they have the tendency to explode, causing many of them to be banned for use in public. Ninebot by Segway has developed the MiniPro, a similar product to that of the hoverboards but unlike the exploding hoverboards, the MiniPro is certified with […]

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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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Influence – Science and Practice

Posted December 7th, 2008 by Design-Engine

Influence – Science and Practice is a remarkable scientific analysis of what motivates and determines human actions in different environments. Applicable to marketing as well as general exchanges of information, goods, and interactions, this book is groundbreaking in exploring how humans unconsciously value items based on perceived value, due to the channel flow of information. […]

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GoPro with Founder / Inventor Nick Woodman

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Some people may know when they have an amazing idea for the next best thing, but actually putting that thought into motion can elude them for years, if not altogether. Take Nick Woodman, the founder and inventor of the GoPro Camera, for example. Back in 2002, Nick and his buds were punching the pavement up, […]

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White Smoke at Blackhawk

Posted September 1st, 2015 by Design-Engine

Della, Bart’s Mom came to the races August 29 – 30 2015 Bart likes to tell everyone at the track that racing is a family sport. “Usually it’s my Dad who comes to the races and that’s only down in the Southern States.” Race tracks like Road Atlanta, Roebling Road & Jennings GP are closer […]

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Creo Simulation Live – The Future of CAD

Posted March 6th, 2019 by Greg Cali

On February 21, 2019, PTC announced the release of the Creo Simulation Live solution. This new software combines the amazing capabilities of PTC and ANSYS in 3D design and simulation. Creo Simulation Live allows users to implement real-time simulation directly into their design environment. This would allow for designers to test their creations as they […]

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Re-Design Launch of the Design-Engine School Website!!

Posted July 10th, 2010 by justinanguyen

The time has finally arrived! After a looooong 10 years, Design Engine’s Training School Website has got a new face! At Design Engine, we’re all about being design forward. And with that said, our site should represent just that. We are always keeping up with the latest industrial/product design & engineering industry news and learning […]

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Tired of Sitting? The Altwork Station Lets You Lie Down at Work

Posted November 2nd, 2015 by Design-Engine

Have you ever wanted to just lie down at your desk? Now the Altwork Station lets you do just that and still get work done. The Altwork Station, which has been five years in the making, allows you to sit, stand or lie down – all with your monitor hanging above you. The workstation looks […]

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An Open Letter to Design and Engineering Managers

Posted August 29th, 2016 by Design-Engine

While Chicago’s Design Engine has earned a reputation for providing customized 3D training for both industrial designers and engineers, we feel it important to articulate why our teaching style is deemed more effective than more conventional standardized training classes and why our program can be more effective at raising the fluency and skill level of your […]

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Blurry Photo? Lytro Illum Allows You to Refocus After Shooting

Posted April 24th, 2014 by Design-Engine

Three years after Lytro introduced the first light-field technology camera that allows users to refocus a photo after it is taken, the company is back with a bigger, bolder offer – the Lytro Illum. Unlike the eponymous first camera that looks more like a child’s box-shaped kaleidoscope, the Illum camera looks like a stylish DSLR […]

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Office Furniture’s Big Five Domestic Firms

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

The training arm of Design Engine has had relationships of varying degrees with what might be termed the big five of U.S. office furniture. These noted firms, Steelcase, Herman Miller, HNI (All Steel), Haworth and Knoll had some involvement with the 3D training program partially because of their relatively close proximity (HNI located in Iowa […]

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Tesla Model 3 – A More Affordable Electric Vehicle For Everyone

Posted September 8th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Tesla is not usually synonymous with affordability. With its starting price at just $35,000, Tesla’s Model 3 will be unlike any electric vehicle they have manufactured. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, announced that the new Tesla Model 3 will be available for preorders in March of 2016, with expected deliveries to be made in late 2017. […]

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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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