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Design World serves design engineers, engineering managers and other professionals in industrial segments including factory automation, robotics, rapid prototyping, semiconductor, material handling, packaging, medical equipment and devices.
152 Episodes
In this Motion Mondays podcast, Jeff Johnson of Beckhoff Automation chats with Design World’s executive editor Lisa Eitel about linear-motor conveyors (also called intelligent transport systems) as well as planar-motor systems from Beckhoff called the XPlanar. Jeff Johnson is U.S. mechatronics products manager at Beckhoff Automation. Based in Fond du Lac, Wis., Johnson was (prior to joining Beckhoff in 2008) an applications team leader for Danaher Motion and G&L Motion Control. Visit and search on XPlanar to see this podcast’s show notes.
According to Pierrick Balaire, global business line leader at Intertek: “The Intertek Functional Safety mark provides Nexen a way to reduce hazards and risks to operating personnel, machinery, and surrounding environments at a time when they are facing increased demands around functional safety. We’re pleased to grant Nexen with this certification — the first of its kind in North America — and look forward to continuing to work with them and others providing the industry with high-quality products as well as peace of mind.” In this Technology Tuesdays podcast, Dave Hein — senior vice president and engineering and chief technology officer at Nexen Group — chats with Lisa Eitel of Design World about three brake options that now have Functional Safety certification. Visit and search on Hein to see this podcast’s show notes.
A more indepth look at 2021 predictions from Shapeway, based on insights from industry insiders, strategic partners, and high-profile business and consumer customers.
Exploring 3D printing for space by Design World
When it comes to making a designed part, you have several choices: traditional machining, which covers a range of options; injection molding; and now additive manufacturing. Even more recently though, is the trend of combining metal fabrication and additive manufacturing to make parts.
How to make a car walk

How to make a car walk


What are the design challenges of developing a car that can walk? Hyundai Motor engineers recently set about exploring that idea and developed a prototype vehicle called the Elevate.
A recent interview with Daniel Lazier, Strategic Application Engineer, at Markforged, covers tips on getting the most out of your additive manufacturing project. Here are a few points from the interview.
With the recent appointment in May of Dr. Jeffrey Graves as the new president and CEO, 3D Systems will be positioned for its next phase of growth.
What is additive molding

What is additive molding


The additive industry is dynamic, with new techniques introduced frequently. Ethan Escowitz, CEO and founder of Arris Composites, for example, developed a technique called additive molding. This proprietary process combines additive manufacturing and high-volume molding technologies to create composite materials made of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.
Many users of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology are concerned with its potential impact on the environment. Often the focus is on resin-based prototypes ending up in landfills and taking years to degrade. But other materials also end up as scrap, such as that from machining and similar subtractive processes. One company has made it a mission to turn this scrap into usable metal powder for additive manufacturing (AM). The company is 6K Inc. Recently, I had a chance to interview Aaron Bent, CEO at 6K, about how they turn manufacturing scrap into additive manufacturing “gold.”
A look at recent developments with Greg Elfering, Ultimaker's newly named president of Ultimaker Americas. Ultimaker initially developed desktop 3D printers, but the company has expanded into connected 3D printers, then moved into larger systems as well as a network of 3D printing, including services
Desktop 3D printers continue to evolve. We take a look at developments in metal desktop systems with Jason Meets of Markforged.
A dozen Boston area anesthesiology residents launched an eight-week hackathon hosted on to design a rapidly deployable, minimum viable mechanical ventilator for patients with COVID-19-related ventilator-dependent lung injury. The CoVent-19 Challenge was open to teams and individuals anywhere, and finalists worked directly with Stratasys 3D printing experts and the CoVent-19 Challenge team to turn their designs into prototypes for testing.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought considerable attention to the 3D printing/additive manufacturing industry. Much of it focused on systems that work with polymer and resin materials. But what about metal additive manufacturing? How has the pandemic affected the metal side of additive manufacturing? Kevin Brigden, additive manufacturing applications engineer at Renishaw, addressed this and other developments in metal AM.
Recent events show the need for agility to meet market demands. Dr. Joe DeSimone, executive chairman of Carbon, discussed the unique levels of agility offered by additive manufacturing.
In today’s episode of Technology Forward, we explore trends in additive manufacturing. I’m speaking with Arjun Aggarwal, VP of business development at Desktop Metal. Desktop Metal uses carbon fiber to make metal 3D printing with a desktop system accessible to all engineers, designers, and manufacturers.
The additive manufacturing (AM) industry is continuously changing. We asked Justin McCurnin, Vice President of Marketing at Stratasys what trends and developments he sees today. (Stratasys was one of the founders of this industry, and not only have the engineers witnessed a number of developments, they have created many of them as well.) One of the biggest trends is the additive community’s response to the COVID pandemic. It is highlighting a little recognized capability of additive manufacturing – the importance of a near and quickly responsive supply chain.
The use of 3D printing technology to build devices with embedded electronics has evolved. In the early days, special 3D printers injected dielectric inks onto a layer of a build, creating electronic traces, to build electronic parts. Nano Dimension was the first company to develop such a system, and it continues to evolve the technology. Today, it offers Additive Manufacturing Electronics (AME).
In a recent interview with Jonah Myerberg, co-founder and CTO of Desktop Metal, we explored how metal additive manufacturing, including desktop printers, will affect automotive design and production.
Listen as Greg Thompson of Protolabs discusses how service bureaus are helping in the battle against the Coronavirus with their ability to offer a range of prototyping and manufacturing capabilities.
Comments (2)

Michael Lilley

this is my first podcast from Design World. Great topic, and great conversation. Can you put some cloth on the walls? It sounds like you're talking in a bowl.

Jan 17th

Harvey Singh

Great topics but not so great audio control. The variants in sound volume is roughly 10 to 20% at the start and end of every episode.

Oct 21st
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