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Are You an Invaluable Asset to Your Engineering Team?

Posted May 28th, 2019 by Sondra Ellingson

You’ve heard of the old adage, there is no “I” in team. It expresses a general truth that if you are to be truly successful at your goal, you most likely have another individual or team of colleagues that assisted along the way. Golf pros have caddies. Motorcycle and car racers have a pit crew […]

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The Importance of STEM Education

Posted April 17th, 2019 by Greg Cali

What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is a term that it used in order to group together these academic disciplines. The acronym was initially used in education to begin to acknowledge the anticipated lack of qualified individuals for future high-tech jobs. One of the main goals of the United […]

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How CAD Revolutionized Product Design

Posted March 20th, 2019 by Greg Cali

Product design, by definition, is the process of creating a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. The process includes the set of strategic and tactical activities, from idea generation all the way through to the commercialization of the product and each step in between. Product designers must conceptualize and evaluate […]

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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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Worlds biggest Air Purifier

Posted January 9th, 2019 by Eli Petrov

A 328 feet tall tower in City in northern China is helping the locals breathe cleaner air. This tower is an experimental air purifier. The tower is in Xian, in the Shaanxi province, and is being called the world’s largest air purifiers by its makers — those leading the project have said it has made […]

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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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Book Reviews

The Maker Movement’s Influence on the Design World

Posted November 2nd, 2018 by Ariel Berchtold

Lauded as the “first ever advanced-level guide to making anything imaginable,” The Maker’s Field Guide provides creatives with a handy frame of reference, specifically geared toward those who want to know the basics of a variety of mediums. Written by professional designer Christopher Armstrong, this book promises to combine Armstrong’s decade-plus of practical experience, with […]

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Lime to Re-Launch in Denver

Posted September 18th, 2018 by Ariel Berchtold

Mobility Action Plan in Action Just a few short weeks after being removed from Denver’s streets, dockless scooters are set to make a comeback. Denver residents woke up one May morning to find hundreds of bright-green scooters strewn across the city. The scooters, part of  The Mile High City’s “Mobility Action Plan,” were put in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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