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Lemelson Award Winners

From assistive technology for wheelchairs to solar powered desalination to folding electric drones and more, the 2017 Lemelson Award Winners are l…
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From digboston.com: WHEEL-E

A business guy inspired by a Disney movie coupled with a senior engineer with lots of experience have produced an e-wheel that lets you convert yo…
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From interestingengineering.com: Interesting Engineering Decisions

From a circular pedestrian bridge in Shanghai to a paper plane shaped airport terminal to an infinity bridge, take a look at these interesting eng…
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FarmBot

Watch this video of an elegant, yet accessible system for home and commercial possibilities for growing food. Then download the CAD & manufacturin…
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From BBC: Will circular runways ever take off?

Developed by a Dutch scientist, the Endless Runway allows up to three planes to take off and land at the same time taking up just a third of the s…
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From wired & MSN: Inside NASA's Prototype Lab

The sub-scale lab at NASA has tested innovations from life-saving crash avoidance to the lifting body concept leading to the current space shuttle…
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From engadget.com: Land Rover's Project Hero

The Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), Project Hero, is being used in a Red Cross training center for disaster rescue. The SVO features …
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From cadalyst.com: SOLIDWORKS World 2017

Shown at SW World 2017 this month, enhancements and new apps for CAM, project & process management, & nonlinear simulation.…
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From digitaleng.news: By the Numbers: Industry 4.0

Interesting infographics showing some trends in Industry 4.0.…
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From Onshape: “SIMULTANEOUS SHEET METAL” TOOLS

Onshape previewed its new Simultaneous Sheet Metal at Pacific Design & Manufacturing show this month. Check out this functionality in their video.…
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From interestingengineering.com: Roborace

Roborace, just before the Buenos Aires ePrix, featured 2 self-driving electric race cars. Using AI software they use the 1st lap to learn the trac…
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From interestingengineering.com: BMW Motorrad Debuts Its LEGO-Inspired Hover Ride

A collaboration between Lego Technic and BMW, now the BMW Motorrad concept bike. …
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From engadget.com: Piloted hoverbike redefines 'dangerous'

The Scorpion is an electric quadcopter "bike" with state of the art flight controllers. It's got a way to go before it's ready to launch. …
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From popularmechanics.com:11 Impressive Solar Projects

The sun creates more energy in ONE second than all nuclear power plants create in 750,000 years. Here are 11 projects that harness that energy. …
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Solidworks World 2017

Not everyone can attend Solidworks World, but you can watch the general sessions streamed live each day. Registration required.…
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From megabots.com: The Future

Design, technology, manufacturing, & a sense of humor come together to create Megabot. …
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From Digital Engineering: In Search of Engineering Tech at CES

From autonomous autos to breakthrough in 3D printing, here's a tech review of CES 2017.…
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From spectrum.ieee.org: CES 2017

Stream the videos for some great selections from the show.…
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From Forbes.com: 30 under 30

Forbes announces these 30 professionals under 30 years old in the fields of manufacturing & industry. From implantable synthetic bones to being p…
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From MIT News: 3-D-printed structures shrink when heated

Applications for this "metamaterial" that shrinks rather than expands when heated include computer chips which can warp and deform when heated for…
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From hight3ch.com: 5 Materials You Wont Believe

Check out these 5 amazing materials, their properties, and possible applications. …
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From Nasa.gov: The Webb Telescope

Built over 2 decades by an international team, in the largest cleanroom in the world, this video chronicles the process to completion. …
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Formula E racing

Formula E racing uses only electric-powered cars. This video captures the November 11 race in Marrakesh. …
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MegaBots testing

If you're not following the progress of this MegaBot leading up to the Giant Robot Duel, take a look at this weapons test video. You may be hooked…
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From asme.org: The Rise of Digital Manufacturing

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers technology development consultant, Dr. Dean Bartles, discusses the future of digital manufacturing in…
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From popularmechanics: How to Build a Go-Cart With Simple Tools and No Welder

Who doesn't want to build and drive a go cart? You could emerge this spring with a cool ride and a sense of satisfaction. Get started with this fu…
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From: spectrum.ieee.org: Stanford's New Spiny Grippers

At a recent conference in South Korea researchers from Stanford Univ. presented the newest design of microspines that adhere 4 times better than p…
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from googlesciencefair.com: 2016 Google science fair

Sponsored by Google, Lego, Virgin Galactic, National Geographic & Scientific American, this global online science and technology competition began…
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From: spectrum.ieee.org: First Cybathlon

At the first cyborg Olympics in Zurich, people with disabilities use robotic technology to turn themselves into cyborg athletes. …
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From: petapixel.com: Whale Breaches

Photographer Beau Pilgrim had a surprise when an adult humpback whale breached right in front of him. …
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From: popularmechanics.com: Autonomous, Electric Shuttle

In a previously industrial area of Lyon, France an experimental, autonomous electric shuttle operates in an area with no intersections, crosswalks…
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From: Designboom.com: VISION NEXT 100

While the BMW concept motorcycle, Motorrad Vision Next 100, is based on a 1923 design, it has the design and functionality for the future. There …
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From MIT News: Beaver-inspired wetsuits

A team at MIT fabricates material based on semi-aquatic mammal fur for sustainable, functional wetsuits. …
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From The Verge: GoPro's Karma drone

Karma, the new quadcopter drone from GoPro is easy to use, and folds easily to fit in a backpack. …
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From Popular Mechanics: A propeller driven car

The notion that a propeller driven car would propel you forward is just wrong. …
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From IEEE: host Robotics' Minitaur Quadruped

How does Minitaur go upstairs, through doors, and over fences? Direct drive motor power means no gearing between electric motors and legs, which …
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From Hight3ch: Building Houses Out Of Plastic Waste

In Bogota they can build houses from plastic waste thanks to Conceptos Plasticos which takes discarded plastic refuse and creates stackable bricks…
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From NASA & MIT: Headed for Bennu

Headed for Bennu, a near-earth asteroid that might hold clues to the early universe, NASA launched OSIRIS-Rex in early September. The analysis ins…
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From spectrum.ieee.org: Pokemon Go Is AR’s Foot in the Door to Our World

Breaking popularity records, getting people moving, and confusing nonusers; Pokemon Go may be the bridge to the future of AR.…
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From hight3ch.com: Tesla’s Gigafactory Is Live And It Is Amazing

Tesla knew that to meet future delivery goals they had to build a manufacturing facility to supply batteries fast and efficiently. They realized t…
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Bladeless wind turbines

Both based on old/ancient ideas, these two wind turbines change the way we think of wind generation. …
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From roadandtrack.com: Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America. First competed in 1916, this year marked the …
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From industrytap.com: Skunk Works Spider Robot

Before the Spider bot, inspecting airships was a tedious process done by humans with flashlights, while also requiring the blimp to be completely …
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From spectrum.ieee.org: Robotic Submersible

Interesting, amusing, this weekly selection of robotics videos are sure to entertain. …
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From industryweek.com: Three Megatrends Transforming Manufacturing

While manufacturing will continue to generate economic growth and transform lifestyles and living standards, by mid-century the U.S. manufacturing…
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From interestingengineering.com: 10 Most Beautiful Wildlife Crossings

Engineers are building ‘animal bridges’ across highways to help wildlife cross safely.…
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From popularmechanics.com: 17 iPhone Tricks

From faster charging to correcting Siri’s pronunciation, to finding out exactly what your phone knows about you. Here are 17 iPhone tricks to m…
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From manufacturing.net: Airbag Crisis

Watch this video to understand exactly what causes this massive airbag malfunction. …
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From mentalfloss.com: 7 Pieces of Technology Modeled After Animals

No one engineers quite like Mother Nature. That’s why so many scientists look to the animal kingdom to help overcome the limits of human technol…
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From hight3ch.com: Supersonic Jet With No Boom

Might there be a 2.5 hour flight from New York to Los Angeles?…
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From interestingengineering.com: Vending Machine That Dispenses Used Cars

This 5 story vending machine works just as you imagine. Insert a coin and watch your purchased vehicle retrieved and delivered to you, no human i…
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From nasa.gov: Winners of 2016 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The 2016 NASA Rover Challenge requires student teams to design, construct and race human-powered rovers through an obstacle course simulating the …
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From spectrum.ieee.org: Go Behind the Scenes of a Virtual Reality Roller Coaster

Combine a roller coaster and virtual reality for the ride of a lifetime. Achieve 3.5 g’s, more than an astronaut feels during liftoff.…
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From roadandtrack.com: Fastest Street Legal Electric

The Corvette Genovation eXtreme Electric car shows it stuff. …
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Pretty Impressive Rube Goldberg Machine

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From guinnessworldrecords.com: Fastest speed on an electric skateboard

Reaching 59.55 mph (95.83km/h), Mischo Erban, broke the Guinness World Record for fastest speed on an electric skateboard. The board from Next Gen…
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From popularmechanics.com: Drone Footage of a Modern Sawmill

Controlled mostly by conveyors and robotic arms, this sawmill video taken by a drone takes you from tree trunk to 2 x 4. …
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From Makezine.com: Drone racing

It's a thing. Seventeen pilots race these fast, fun & powerful drones. …
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From Boston Dynamics: Atlas

The latest Atlas is more nimble than before. Check out its capabilities. …
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From popularechanics.com: hyperloop technologies physical tubes ready to assemble

Construction of the Hyperloop test track in Nevada has begun; planned completion this year. Passengers will be travelling through a depressurized …
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Winged Drone

Unveiled at Consumer Electronic Show 2016, Parrott’s Disco fixed-wing drone has taken some beautiful footage from a 14-megapixel camera. …
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From CNN.com: future of adventure personal submarines

While you may not be able to purchase a Deepflight Dragon at over a million dollars, you can take it for a dive in Lake Tahoe, California. This 16…
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From guinnessworldrecords.com: most drones airborne simultaneously

At an airport in Tornesch, Germany this beautiful display lit up the night sky with drone technology controlled by Intel Corp to create a new worl…
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From roadandtrack.com: Bathtub Hill Climb

It might not be the most elegant hill climb, but is sure is entertaining. …
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From autodesk.com: breaking the battery barrier

For years the Lightning Motorcycle team designed and 3D printed prototypes of their battery powered motorcycle, sometimes several times a day. Thi…
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From biomimetics.mit.edu: HERMES System

UAE’s Robots for Good Competition encourage robotics innovation that benefits society, in particular in the areas of education, healthcare and s…
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From mentalfloss.com: The Master Builders at Fender Made a Playable Cardboard Guitar

The process of creating a Fender Stratocaster out of cardboard is pretty interesting. The best part of the video is seeing the reactions of Fender…
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From Autodesk.com: WindPax - Battling energy poverty by energizing the developing world

Around the world, more than 1.5 billion people live without access to electricity and an equal number cannot rely on their local electrical grids.…
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Drift Racing

Drift is just a car moving sideways through a turn, but of course the pro’s don’t stop there. Drivers can drift through several opposing turn…
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From caranddriver.com Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan

While they were able to use technology to design and cut the cardboard, they had to glue the car together by hand. Watch the process of this orig…
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From hight3ch.com: Project Flake Concept Car

Project Flake is the final year project at Coventry University in England. The designer was inspired by 2 movies, Transformers and Cars. The car…
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From CNBC: Robotic hand from MIT can recognize objects by feel

What makes this robot hand unique is the integration of sensors in the hand that can measure the shape of the object, using an algorithm that allo…
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From Smitsonianmag.com: This Giant Contraption Can Print a House

Inspired by how wasps build their nests, this company has built the world’s biggest 3D printer that can pump out a 10 foot tall house in one we…
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From Sciencedaily.com: Bullet-proof Bloodhound car aims for 1,000mph record

Unveiled in London, the Bloodhound is the world's fastest and most advanced racing car. Using a Rolls Royce jet engine to get to 300 mph, it then …
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From Onshape.com: Avatech

Founded by 3 backcountry skiers and MIT classmates, Avatech offers a potential lifesaving device that measures avalanche risk factors and shares t…
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From Roadandtrack.com: Why the 1951 Hoffman Is the Worst Car Ever

The 1951 Hoffman has so much wrong with it starting with wheelbase that's shorter than the track width, to being difficult to get in and out of, t…
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From Makezine.com: In Praise of “Big” Maker Art

Check these great installations from the recent World Maker Fair New York.…
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From Redorbit.com: So there’s such a thing as Power Wheels racing, and it’s epic

It has to be an electric car for $500 or less and has to start as a Fisher Price vehicle or resemble one by the end. At least 3 wheels have to b…
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From smithsonianmag.com: This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prosthetics

Industrial designer Scott Summit of 3D Systems has created prosthetic limbs and an exoskeleton that merge art, design and 3D printing. The video …
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From popularmechanics.com: Mad 54-Propeller Mulitcopter Lifts a Man Into the Air

Equipped with 54 counter rotation propeller drones, the Swarm can lift up to 360 pounds for 10 minutes. The umbrella not only shields the pilot, …
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From interestingengineering.com: Harvard’s Lung-on-a-chip wins Design of the Year

Winning London’s Design Museum Design of the Year award, Harvard's lung-on-a-chip could replace animal testing of pharmaceuticals which do not n…
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From engineergirl.org: Exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

EngineerGirl.org is a fun site that introduces girls to the field of engineering through interviews with female engineers, describing what enginee…
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From gizmag.com: Solar-powered palm trees get passersby online in Dubai

D-Idea Media created the Smart Palm at 21 feet tall, powered by photovoltaic panels that fit into the shape of the leaves. It provides device cha…
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From popularmechanics.com: The World's First 3D-Printed Car Is a Blast to Drive

From Local Motors comes Strati, 3D printed car printed in layers so you can embed energy-absorbing crash structures or superstrong seat-belt mount…
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From interestingengineering.com: Japan and the USA will fight head to head with giant robots

MegaBots are 15-foot-tall, internally piloted humanoid robots that fire cannonball-sized paintballs at each other at speeds of over 120 miles per …
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From theroboticschallenge.org: Robots from Republic of Korea and United States take home $3.5 million in prizes

Korean Humanoid Robot – Hubo – is the 2015 DARPA robotics challenge winner! Launched in response to a humanitarian need sparked by the 2011 n…
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From Dailymail.com: The incredible 'bendy bicycle'

Twenty-one year old designer Kevin Scott has created this bendable bike that can fold up for easy storage and can be secured without a lock.…
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From Popularmechanics.com: Goofy Toy Super-Tank Belongs in a Bizarro World War I

Michael Sng, founder of Machination Studio created over individual parts, painted and hand assembled this fully electronic and mechanical 3D prin…
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From MIT: Centimeter-long origami robot

This miniature origami robot’s design was motivated by a hypothetical application in which tiny sheets of material would be injected into the hu…
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From usfirst.org: First Robotics

Over 18,000 kids converged at the 25th FIRST. FIRST kids are significantly more likely to attend college, major in science or engineering, and b…
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From Dartmouth.edu: Formula Hybrid Competition

Founded and run by Dartmouth, the Formula Hybrid Competition challenges to design and build high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles with…
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From MIT: Harvesting Fresh Water from Fog

Researchers at MIT's School of Engineering, working with colleagues at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago, are harvesting potable wat…
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From Popularmechanics.com: Advanced Combustion Rotary Engine

This 8 pound, backpack sized, rotary engine has military as well as commercial potential.…
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From Shell.com:Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. This year student te…
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From Rubegoldberg.com: Rube Rules

Rube Goldberg: a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation – Webster’s New World Diction…
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from CBS News: This is the world's smallest computer

The University of Michigan's M^3 is the smallest autonomous computer in the world. It can be injected into the body, where it can perform ECGs an…
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From MIT News: Thumbnail track pad

Researchers at MIT’s Media Laboratory have developed an unobtrusive wearable sensor that could operate digital devices or augment other device i…
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From Smithsonian.com: Putting Hummingbirds to the Test

When researchers at UC-Berkeley put hummingbirds in front of a high-speed camera and added a wind tunnel to the mix, they learned how the tiny bir…
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From Popularmechanics.com: 25 of the Best Hubble Telescope Photos of the Past 25 Years

At 25 years old the Hubble has exceeded its projected lifespan. Take a look at 25 of the best photos; they’re out of this world.…
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From CNN.com: Son of Hubble to peer back to the dawn of time

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is intended as the successor to the Hubble. Scheduled to launch in October 2018, JWST is as big as a tennis…
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From The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm

A very special child gets the surprise of a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family; delivered by his superhero Iron Man.…
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From nationalgeographic.com: All Fall Down

It’s an older video clip but well worth the revisit.  Some of these soccer playing robots have fun balance challenges.…
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From popularmechanics.com: This Bookmobile Tank is a 'Weapon of Mass Instruction'

His friends think he’s crazy fun and you’ll see why as this artist takes his self-made bookmobile to the streets.…
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From Interestingengineering.com: Pilot Uses Boeing 737 To Build Flight Simulator In His Own Garage

The ultimate garage project. He calls it a “big boy toy”, and he assembled it in his garage. This flight simulator has all the bells and whis…
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From nationalgeographic.com: What Makes These Sculptures Look So Perfect?

Rotating 3D sculptures, a strobe, a camera and Fibonacci’s sequence.  It all adds up to “blooms”, a video reflecting the golden ratio found…
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From popularmechanics.com: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Best Shots From Space

Take a guess then check out the slide show of these photos from space or under a microscope?…
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From interestingengineering.com: This 4-Ton Beast Powered By 3 Jet Engines Can Hit 605 Km/hr

Shockwave is the world’s fastest jet powered truck.  It starts at 4g on acceleration to 6g’s then 9 g’s negative.  Quite a ride!…
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Dave Won a Myo!

As the 2,000,000th component download from our partner company TracePartsOnline.net, Dave won himself the Myo armband.  The Myo armband lets…
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From interestingengineering.com:This jetpack turns you into an aeroplane. Watch Jetman fly over Dubai

Can you see yourself in this four engine flyer?  It has joysticks  in the hand grips for direction and can reach speeds in excess of 200 kmh.  …
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From Engadget.com: Thank you 3D Systems and the Hershey Company.

Watch chocolate printed from this 3D printer and don't blame us if you run to the vending machine afterward.…
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From gizmag.com: Elio Motors' 84 mpg, $6,800 three-wheeler continues to play hard to get

Set to go into production in 2016, Elio Motors plans to manufacture in the former General Motors facility in Louisiana. View the slide show and se…
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From www.epfl.ch: A flying robot that can walk

The DALER (Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot) is used principally to fly long distances to survey large spaces in a short time span, and then …
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From popsci.com: WORLD FIRST: MAN CONTROLS TWO PROSTHETIC ARMS WITH HIS MIND

Meet Leslie Baugh the first person to ever manipulate two independent arms with his mind at the same time.  Working with virtual models as patter…
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From newscientist.com: Quiet cuttlefish robot dives through underwater forest

Spinning blades tangle underwater plants.  Propeller noise threatens marine mammals.  This underwater robot maneuvers easily and quietly and it'…
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From Engadget.com: We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

Using the same kind of electromagnetic field technology that floats MagLev trains, the inventor of this levitating platform views it as a sort of…
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From Wired.com: NASA Invents a Folding Solar Panel Inspired by Origami

Engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have come up with a preliminary prototype for a 1 cm-thick solar array that would be able to expand from 8.…
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From Interestingengineering.com: These residents don’t have far to travel to go to market

Take a look at these beautiful images of food stalls, apartments, and the Cornucopia wall mural.…
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From Interestingengineering.com: 10 extreme DIY projects that will amaze you

Kudos to the people who design and construct in their free time.  Be inspired.…
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From Wired - Astronauts to enjoy out-of-this world coffee with ISSpresso machine.

It may have to be consumed through a straw, but who doesn’t want a little caffeine to get through the work day, no matter where you work!…
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From WMUR TV: Domino Artist

We think this young woman is quite inspiring.  She owns 37,000 dominos, has built a set-up using 22,000 taking 25 hours, and cleans up after they…
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From Desktop Engineering Magazine online

Desktop Engineering's resident blogger and senior editor Kenneth Wong talked with TraceParts Inc CEO Bob Noftle about the origins of 3DX.…
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From interestingengineering.com: 19-year-old Student Develops an Ocean Cleanup Machine That Could Clean The Oceans in 5 Years

From Interesting Engineering: Winning several awards the Ocean Cleanup Array is a system that would consist of a processing platform and connected…
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From 3DPrint.com: J Group Robotics Plans to 3D Print Ingestible Medical Pills

J Group Robotics is researching ways they can fill 3D printed capsules with a liquid or powder medicine during or after fabrication. This could dr…
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From WTXL.com: Lighting up the night sky with unmanned drones

The Walt Disney Company is seeking permission to use unmanned aircraft for "aerial display systems with floating pixels, floating projection scree…
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From CNBC.com: Space Elevators

A giant cable from ground to space that hauls payloads of fuel, water, food, oxygen and more. Here’s the catch no material has been developed ye…
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3DX Model Showdown: Winners Announced!

Throw down, count down, best around, glory bound, talk of the town, trumpets sound, winners crowned! Congratulations to our two 3DX Model Showd…
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3DX Model Showdown: Finalists Selected - Voting Begins

We've selected the contenders. On Tuesday, June 03, 2014 you select the winners Thank you to everyone who entered. The creators of the two mode…
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Final Call - 3DX Model Showdown

This is it. One week left to enter to win one of two $50 Amazon eGift Cards. The deadline to upload your entries is Friday, May 30th! Voting be…
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3DX Model Showdown

We're really proud of all the models the community has uploaded. To encourage more uploading we've started the 3DX Model Showdown. Upload your…
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WooHoo! We're Live...

3DX has moved from BETA to Live. Get Involved: Establish a network of professionals you can return to time and again to exchange ideas and so…
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Thank You!

Congrats to our 20 BETA Contest winners! We appreciate all your effort to help make our launch a success. We hope you are putting that $50 A…
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Welcome Beta Users

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to tryout 3DX. Your feedback is important to us. Here are a few things we'd like you to accomplish: …
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