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The Production and Use of Clear Parts with 3D Printing

3D printing may be able to provide an edge when it comes to fabricating these clear parts. However, there are few technologies capable of 3D printing clear parts—and even fewer that can do so with quality and clarity. 

In this 13-page eBook, you will learn about the value of clear, 3D-printed parts, including:  The advantage of 3D printing clear parts Applications for clear, 3D-printed parts How to produce clear, 3D-printed parts

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How the Shrinking Cost of Sensors Is Fueling the Internet of Things

For that reason, it’s essential for design engineers of all types to learn about the variety of sensors that are hitting the market. 

Engineering.com has put together a special report outlining some of the most widely used or specialized sensors that can be connected to the IoT, as well as some of their applications. We also make a case for how and why design engineers should consider incorporating IoT features in their products 

In this 13-page eBook, you will learn:  A variety of different sensors used in IoT How communication, storage and security are handled in IoT applications How and why design engineers should consider the IoT for their products.

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Rapid prototyping and product testing with Ultimaker

Having printers in-house allowed for extensive testing in early design stages, reduced time spent between iterations, saved money, and allowed the team to collect valuable data about product usability.

Download the business case to learn how BOSEbuild saved cost and development time using 3D printing!

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Custom Glass Manufacturer

Due to the inherent complexity of glass fabrication, many professionals seeking glass services know exactly what kind of part is needed, but are unclear on the intricacies of the actual manufacturing process. Therefore, having a basic understanding of glass fabrication is crucial to ensuring you receive reliable, high-quality parts at a fair price. This guide is intended to help professionals navigate the manufacturing process and select a trustworthy fabrication partner who will be able to meet all of your exact application needs.

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The Comprehensive Guide to Photo Chemical Machining

Precision. Economical value. Flexibility. Rapid results. These are just a few of the benefits that photo chemical machining can provide for your precision components. In comparison to other traditional fabrication processes such as laser cutting, stamping, and punching, the photo chemical method can produce highly intricate, complex parts that are unaffected by mechanical stress quickly with low-cost tooling. This white paper offers a comprehensive guide that outlines everything you need to know about photo chemical machining. From basic fundamentals to a cost analysis to a detailed comparison with other fabrication techniques to useful engineering and design tips. Download now, and discover if photo chemical machining is the right process for your application.

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Connector Designs To Address Data Rate and Density Challenges

As the need for bandwidth continues to increase, so does the need for higher data rates within a system. Although many in the electronics industry are pushing these cutting-edge data rates, achieving this performance is much easier said-than-done. Design challenges include PCB routing complexities, space limitations, thermal management, and ever-shrinking component size. This paper discusses some of the design strategies used by one connector manufacturer to address and meet these challenges.

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How to Save Water for Optimal Property ROI

Facility managers are always searching for ways to decrease their water usage. As a property manager or landlord, you have technological options to reduce water consumption and save money.

In this e-kit, you’ll learn how: Saving water with high-efficiency fixtures can increase ROI To get creative with scaling back on water usage Our powerful, patented technology saves precious resources – your money and the world’s water Niagara Conservation was founded on the practice of looking at how something works and designing a better solution, for our customers and our planet. Read on to learn how your business, properties, and projects can cut costs, increase efficiencies and save the planet. Welcome to the water revolution, we saved you a seat.

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The Evolution of Device Display Technology

Whether watching a movie cast on silver material or texting on a OLED display, the people of this planet are transfixed to screens. 

On their face, device displays can deliver a myriad of experiences that excite our emotions, help us learn and facilitate communication with those both near and far. 

But where did device display technology come from? What are its origins? And what can we expect to see in the future? 

In this white paper you will learn:  About the history of display technology. What breakthroughs are still helping advance the state of the art in display technology. What you can expect from display technology in the near future.

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3D Printing for End-Use Production

Yet these parts are often little more than conceptual show-and-tell models, not durable enough for long-term use, and in some cases prone to degradation by sunlight. 

The winds of manufacturing are beginning to shift, however, and industrial-grade 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is now encroaching on machining, injection molding, and other conventional manufacturing processes. This white paper explores the new and existing technology leaders in this area, and assesses the capabilities of production for each major 3D printing process. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why 3D printing should be immediately adopted for production. What 3D printing technologies are available and the individual strengths that each technology brings to 3D printing. What the future holds for additive manufacturing and how near that future is to becoming reality.

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT') in 2018

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

Among other things, we found out that higher performing production environments have more advanced IIoT implementations than lower performing environments 

Here are a few more insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular The data supporting these findings is presented in charts and graphics in this 24-page report. 

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IoT Features in New Product Development

We asked the survey respondents whether they were in the evaluation, pilot, or deployed stage of delivery to their customers. 

The answers were interesting – IoT development was more pervasive than we expected. 

Here are a few selected insights:  IoT is in the mainstream. More than 60% of respondents are at least evaluating adding IoT capabilities to their products. IoT adoption isn’t limited to manufacturers of finished goods. Projects are underway at companies in all industries, from processed products such as fluids or raw materials to component and part manufacturers. Multiple types of IoT offerings are in development including automated management of devices, tracking assets in the field and analytics for product performance. The data supporting these findings are presented in charts and graphics in this 26 page report. 

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9 Free Resources to Help Device Manufacturers Boost CAPA Management

MasterControl specialists have invested over 240 expert hours into the development of the CAPA Toolkit, a collection of complimentary webinars, white papers and other useful information designed to help medical device manufacturers improve quality management processes. The aim of the MasterControl CAPA Toolkit is to help executives and quality managers improve quality systems and know the best actions to take when quality events arise. You don’t even have to fill out a form to get the free Toolkit—just click the link and you’ll be on your way to discovering how leading device companies are getting down to the actual root causes of quality management predicaments and resolving their CAPA issues.

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How to Leverage Technology to Improve Collaboration

From using different mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) applications to working on projects with stakeholders located all over the world, engineers have to overcome various obstacles to get the job done. Learn how technology can help streamline communications and collaboration, ultimately setting up your team for success.

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Designing for a Connected World

Engineers have strict expectations to meet when it comes to designing smart connected products, and system engineering is a critical skill set in this new age of design. Read the e-book "Engineering Handbook for Designing Smart Connected Devices" to learn how to master this competency.

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Reshape Your Business with 3D Design

Learn how SOLIDWORKS® 3D design and visualization solutions helped nine consumer products companies improve features and functionality, bring products to market more quickly, reduce production timelines and more.

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Breaking Down the Barriers of 3D Printing

It lives up to the promise of making businesses more competitive by giving them the tools to streamline and enhance the product-creation processes. 

It’s no secret that businesses need to quickly respond to changing customer and market demand to stay competitive. That’s true for small design firms as well as large, established manufacturers. Getting a new product out before your competition helps you generate new revenue and maintain market leadership. But doing that is not easy. 

So, you have to ask yourself the question “is this the right time to invest in 3D printing?” 

In this white paper you will learn:  How 3D printing can shorten product development times. How 3D printing process has been made easier and more user friendly. How 3D printing can reduce the cost of product development.

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Racing to Success with Additive Manufacturing

During the racing season, teams like Penske compete on and off the track by adding innovative features to their cars to push the limits of performance in search of a win. The same is true for all businesses, even if you're not flying around an oval at 150mph. 

But, what does that mean for companies outside of the racing game? 

It means that adopting the right technology to fuel rapid product development cycles is critical for business success. One technology that stands above others for its ability to handle fast-paced iterative design cycles is 3D printing. In this white paper, you'll learn how winning teams like Penske Automotive have leveraged 3D printing to see success on the track and in their consumer product divisions. 

In this white paper you will learn:  How Penske uses 3D printing across their design scheme. How 3D printing can make product assembly easier with rapidly produced jigs and fixtures. How 3D printing can help with composite tooling.

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Get the Heat Out of Your Designs -- Fixing Your Electronics Cooling Problems

Electronics used within products are constantly changing and improving, but the need to ensure proper cooling of these components remains. To maximize product performance, engineers need to overcome common electronics cooling challenges like:  Reduction in product size Increase in overall product performance Reducing overall cost Extending product lifespan Optimizing circuit board design So, what would you design differently if you had the ability to see the invisible elements, like airflow and heat transfer? In this webinar, you will see how one product is used to help users visualize, identify, and solve electronics cooling challenges. 

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Elektronische Komponenten: Kritische Verbindungen fr das Smart Home

In unserer zunehmend vernetzten Welt spielen Qualität, Zuverlässigkeit und Konsistenz eine große Rolle, insbesondere im Kontext des Smart-Home-Ökosystems. Die Antennen, Anschlüsse, Relais, Sensoren, Schalter, Klemmen und Schläuche in diesen Geräten spielen eine entscheidende Rolle für die ultimative Funktionalität des Produkts. In diesem Artikel behandeln wir: Die Bedeutung der Komponenten für die Zuverlässigkeit der Anwendung Komponentenanforderung für verbundene Heimgeräte Auswahl eines Design-Partners mit Connected-Home-Expertise Ob es eine Waschmaschine, ein Thermostat, ein Haussicherheitssystem, eine Kaffeemaschine oder ein anderes Haushaltsgerät ist, die Benutzer erwarten einen nahtlosen Betrieb von den angeschlossenen und intelligenten Geräten in ihren Häusern. Entdecken Sie, wie das vernetzte Zuhause dank der kleinen Komponenten im Inneren ermöglicht wird.

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Getting Started with Office 3D Printing

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This document provides a comprehensive insight into all of the considerations that need to be addressed when you're considering investing in an in-house 3D printing solution. After reading the document, you should be able to answer the following questions: How to establish buy-in across the organization and overcome barriers to adoption? What organizational considerations should be taken into account? How should the logistics of a new in-house 3D printing setup be managed? What to expect once the 3D printers are up and running? Download the white paper now!

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Electronic Components: Critical Connections for the Smart Home

In our increasingly connected world, quality, reliability and consistency matter a great deal, particularly in the context of the smart home ecosystem. The antennas, connectors, relays, sensors, switches, terminals and tubing inside these devices play critical roles in the product’s ultimate functionality. In this paper, we’ll cover: The importance of componentry to application reliability Component needs for connected home devices Choosing a design partner with connected home expertise Whether it’s a washing machine, thermostat, home security system, coffee maker or other home appliance, users expect seamless operation from the connected and smart devices in their homes. Discover how the connected home is made possible thanks to the small components used inside.

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The Case for Automation at Companies of Any Size

As technology—specifically robotics—evolves to include robots designed to collaborate with humans, rather than replacing them, the business rationale for automating production is stronger than ever. 

Still, many decisionmakers wonder if the cost of automating is worth the investment, and what kind of automation they're willing to bring on site. What's more, many worry that automation will ultimately lead to the decimation of jobs, crippling the economy at large. In this white paper, the case for cobots— collaborative robots that work in close proximity to humans—is made, by explaining that some forms of automation are easy to integrate, and can even create more jobs, while boosting the bottom line. 

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Disruption Is Here in Automotive and Ground Transportation

The automotive and ground transportation industry is being rapidly disrupted and transformed into a mobility industry with self-driving, electric, connected and shared vehicles, presenting both threats and opportunities to incumbents and newcomers. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity to leapfrog the competition and gain a dominant market position. Simulation solutions are ready and available to help speed your product innovation. Are you ready to meet the challenges?

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eBook: Should You Use Additive Manufacturing to Produce Your Next Part?

Though it began in rapid prototyping, 3D printing has begun to proliferate throughout the manufacturing sector. Many engineers now find themselves faced with a simple question: 

Should I 3D print my next part? 

The answer to this question depends on the answers to many others. These include:
  What material properties do you need? Is high strength or light weight a priority? Which geometric features make sense for additive manufacturing (AM) and which do not? Do you have rigid cost or time constraints?

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Maximizing Customer Engagement for Maximum Revenue Growth

Are you maximizing your customer engagement efforts? Most organizations have not evolved their customer engagement strategy for today’s digital world. In partnership with Forrester Consulting, Bold360 surveyed 468 across industries with the goal of defining a Customer Engagement maturity model that can serve as a blueprint for those organizations considering how to evolve. This white paper analyzes four different companies with all different definitions of customer engagement and how they stack up against each other. Included in this white paper: The customer engagement maturity model Profiles in customer engagement Use cases, challenges and opportunity examples

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