mechanical engineering

Global Parts Company ERIKS Adopts Ultimaker to Support Client Manufacturing

After the consumer 3D printing bubble of 2014, the market for desktop 3D printers was completely shaken up as manufacturers looked for new ways their systems could be used for…

UC Berkeley Researcher Receives Award from Johnson & Johnson for Smart 3D Printer

In 2015, Johnson & Johnson launched the WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Math, Manufacturing and Design) program in order to increase the representation of women in the scientific and technical fields, along…

Comparing the Operational Characteristics of Plastic 3D Printed Spur Gears

Spur gears, which can achieve high transmission ratio and energy efficiency, are comment elements used in the transmission of motion and high intensity power for mechanical power drives, i.e. belt…

Mechanical Engineer Launches Campaign to Provide 3D Printed Breast Prostheses to 1,000 Women in Need

It’s October, which means that Halloween is upon us. But more importantly than candy and ghouls, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), an annual campaign to increase awareness of the…

Reach for the Stars: Students Working with NASA to Reduce the Weight of 3D Printed Objects Sent to Space

During college, I was a staff photographer and the chief copy editor for our school newspaper. I also landed two great summer internships – one in the marketing department of…

Soft Robotics and 3D Printing Used to Make Flexible Gloves that Allow Users to Experience Tactile Feedback in a VR Environment

Earlier this month, researchers at the University of California San Diego presented its soft robot, capable of walking over rough terrain with four 3D printed legs. Now, a different team…

McGill University Researchers Use 3D Printing to Develop Bio-Inspired Interlocking Sutures

Researchers and professors at McGill University in Canada have worked with 3D printing a number of times, using the technology to 3D print better hip replacements, and even more absurd-sounding items,…

UNM Researchers Developing Bone-Ligament Adherence Systems, Using Student-Built 3D Bioprinter

A couple of years ago, 3D printing entered the curriculum at the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Valencia campus, and researchers at the main campus in Albuquerque are now attempting…

LAYKANICS Brings Fun 3D Printing and Engineering Projects to Makers and Educators

While more schools than ever are bringing STEM and 3D printing education into the classroom, educators are often left to their own devices when it comes to developing their lesson…

3D Printed Whiskers Reveal Seals’ Secrets

Imagine if you had to track your lunch based on the disturbance it had caused in the air around it 30 seconds ago as detected by your beard. Obviously somewhat…

This 3D Printed Impeller Sucks…And That’s a Good Thing!

An impeller is a rotor designed to modify the pressure and flow of a fluid, specifically to create a ‘sucking’ force. It is the counterpart to the more familiar propeller which…

VA Tech Students 3D Print ‘Ant Vehicle’ for Use in Disaster Relief

There is an old joke about engineers that goes like this: Q: How can you tell which engineers are the extroverts? A: They are the ones staring at other people’s shoes….

Design Team at UT Austin 3D Prints a Reverse Engineered Cap Gun

Students studying mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin are required to take a course called, not surprisingly, “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.” As part of this course, the…

IAM3D Challenge 2014 Gives Mechanical Engineering Students a Chance to Win Cash

The inaugural American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D (IAM3d) Challenge has officially launched.  The contest, which is designed to provide mechanical engineering and multidisciplinary/engineering technology undergraduate students…