Five engineering wonders in Blade Runner that now (sort of) exist

Blade Runner, a 1982 sci-fi movie directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philp K. Dick’s Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep, provided a dystopian, gritty look of a future Los Angeles. It featured Harrison Ford as an ex-cop on the hunt for rogue human-like androids. It’s also chockfull of engineering designs and technical wonders. Unbelievably, […]

Designing Hoses and Tubes: Beyond the Lawn

If you’ve ever had to add hose or tube assemblies to your design, you know they can demand careful engineering. As you choose your materials and wall thicknesses, you have to think about the pressure, temperature, and elements your part is likely to encounter. You’ll have to consider connectors. And, as John Travolta so expertly […]

Five, cool engineering projects the media noticed in 2015

We all get busy. Projects are developed. Deadlines are given and then made (hopefully). Days turn into sleepless nights, then weeks, then into months, then it’s December and you’re (again, hopefully) reading a roundup of cool projects and inventions by engineers made during the year. It’s true. There were many amazing engineering feats accomplished this […]

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The Superstars of Food Packaging

How often do you think about food packaging? If you answered “never,” you’re clearly not paying attention in the grocery store.  The bags, cartons, and heart-shaped boxes on display are constantly being reengineered to keep food safer, fresher, and more alluring. Thinking outside the (symmetrical) box. Next time you shop, take a closer look food packaging […]

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Improving Design Skills: Where to Find Inspiration


A couple months ago, we looked at how the types of forms typically associated with the industrial design community are now becoming the responsibility of mechanical engineers. This time, I’m going to give those that are tasked with creating more complex shapes and forms some things to think about, tips on how to learn more, […]

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The Device That Can Look Into Your Eyes and Reveal Everything About You

If you’ve ever studied genetics, you know that eye color is determined by your parents. That’s just about the first lesson students learn. But what your biology teacher probably skipped is that a whole lot of other things happen in the womb to create the patterns, freckles, and other details of your eyes and they […]

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The Big Game: 4 Cool New Technologies to Look for at Levi’s Stadium

You’ve probably heard that there’s a huge football game Sunday. We can’t actually say the name because the NFL frowns upon the usage of the “big game,” but we’re going to assume you might be watching it, maybe enjoying a beverage and some wings, or other sporty culinary delights. In the hype leading up to […]

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Veteran PTC Customer Reveals 3 Things He Only Just Learned About His Software

Dean Barrick, business manager at JLG Industries, Inc., Oshkosh, Corporation, works with a staff of long-time users of PTC Creo and PTC Windchill.  Like many veterans of the CAD and PLM software, he attends events and meets with the PTC team in order to find out about, and quickly take advantage of, new advances when […]

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