How 3D Printing Provides New Hope for Spinal Cord Patients

Spinal cord injuries are severe. Approximately 300,000 Americans suffer from these injuries, with about 18,000 new occurrences each year. There's often little hope for these patients to regain their mobility and use of their limbs. However, a new technique that helps nerve cells bridge the damage by growing through a scaffolding structure might one day change that. Read more

The German Auto Industry Is Looking Shaky

Germany, the birthplace of the modern automobile, has long held quite a bit of power in the car world.  In fact, 80 percent of all luxury vehicles sold globally are from German brands. It wasn’t that long ago Volkswagen boasted in all of its ads of the German engineering that goes into its vehicles. If you haven’t noticed, the auto industry is in a bit of a transformational moment, if by “bit” I mean a complete overturning of pretty much everything. Read more

6 Tips On Getting Funding for Your Engineering Research

Research is essential for advancement. However, finding proper funding for it is hard. Most researchers need it - doctoral students, postgraduates, senior researchers and so on. Even though governments and charities offer money, there are still too many researchers for that funding to be enough. That’s why you need to learn to find and apply for funding on your own. Here is how: Read more

Sending 3D Printed Parts and 3D Printers into Orbit

3D printers aren’t just for applications here on earth. NASA is aggressively using 3D printing to fabricate parts used on their spacecraft.  They also sent a 3D printer into space and remotely fabricate parts from waste plastics. While we are familiar with 3D printing for manufacturing in industries such as automotive, medical, and defense, aerospace and deep space missions are finding more uses for 3D printed parts. Read more

Your Next Project: What’s in it for me?

When starting a new project it's easy to get bogged down in the minutia of the repeated aspects of accomplishing your job or task. But, have you ever stepped back and asked what's in it for me in this project? What am I gaining and learning from tackling this project? Sure the pay, or joy of completing a project is rewarding, but growing your skill base and developing yourself can be even more rewarding. Read more