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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Farmers Without Tractors: CAD Design for Rural India

You don’t need a CAD software blog to tell you that tractors bring much needed torque and traction to farm fields. With these powerful machines, you can plow, till, seed, and harvest vast acreages of crops with relatively little effort. Not surprisingly, tractors have more than doubled farm productivity since being widely adopted in the […]

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 […]

When Concrete Fails: How a Humble Rubber Pad Keeps Rail Travel Safe

Concrete Railroad measureWhen you think about it, using concrete for railroad ties makes a lot of sense. Concrete doesn’t rot, it can keep a heavy steel rail stable, and it’s more environmentally friendly than the alternative (creosote-soaked wood). Plus, it doesn’t catch fire. Image: “Concrete sleeper 1638” by Walter Siegmund So why don’t we use it everywhere? […]

Four inventions that the world is only just now catching up to

Harbor_bridgeTry to read about the Internet of Things (IoT) online, and you’ll find no shortage of breathless talk about a new “fourth industrial revolution” and promises of something “bigger than the Internet.” Limited only by our imaginations, it seems, the IoT-driven future will solve more problems than we ever knew we had. Best of all, […]

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 […]

In Space, No One Can Hear You Engineer

In case you missed it, and really how could you, there was a very popular sci-fi, space-themed movie just released (here’s a hint: it includes the words “star” and “wars” in it) that brought out the little kid in most of the planet. Who remembers playing with the Millennium Falcon, or a TIE fighter or […]

Flu Shots: How Industry Makes Water Purer Than Toddlers’ Tears

Fluid flow simulation for a shell and tube style exchanger; The shell inlet is at the top rear and outlet in the foreground at the bottom. Source: Wikipedia.In the pharmaceutical world, there are two kinds of water: PW and WFI. PW, or purified water, is so clean that it can only have 100 colony-forming units, or cfu, per milliliter. That means that if you spread the water on plates of growth medium, incubate at 30°C for two days, and examine under a […]
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