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1 year ago 25 notes

Today’s inspiration from the National Engineers Week Foundation: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. 

Many girls are convinced that engineering is a field that does not readily embrace female professionals.The inspiring message of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day turns that assumption on its head. The next generation will see the end of the long held belief about engineering and gender, in which men have traditionally dominated.  For young women interested in engineering, the walls are coming down, the ceiling is cracking and the opportunities have never been greater or more exciting. 

1 year ago 14 notes

A Factory on Your Kitchen Counter

In his State of the Union address last week, along with the standard calls for education reform and energy independence, President Obama gave a shout-out to a growing technology. In a lab in Youngstown, Ohio, the president said, “Workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything.”

When Brook Drumm saw clips from the speech at his home outside Sacramento, Calif., he wanted to reach through his TV and give the president a fist bump. Mr. Drumm, a bald, goateed father of three, designed the Printrbot, a desktop 3-D printer kit. Like a number of other 3-D printers, it uses heated plastic — applied layer by layer to a heated bed by a glue-gun-like extruder — to turn designs created on a computer into real objects.

As Mr. Drumm illustrated in the Kickstarter campaign he used to raise more than $830,000 to start his business in late 2011, the Printrbot is small enough to fit on a kitchen counter, next to the Mr. Coffee. “The goal for the company,” Mr. Drumm said in world-beating tones, “is a printer in every home and every school.”

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Stirling Engine" by Maker Made Tschikay on DIY.

A Stirling engine is a heat engine operating by the heating and cooling (expansion and contraction) of air. Unlike the internal combustion engine, the Stirling Engine is known as an external combustion engine because the creation of heat happens on the outside. This project solves a challenge for the Mechanical Engineer Skill.

1 year ago 18 notes

Challenge of the Day: Make a Hydraulic Hand

A Hydraulic Device uses fluid to do work. Fluid is pushed from one tube to another, moving a platform a certain distance. The work done by a hydraulic device is dependent on the diameter of the tubes as well as the distance the fluid is moved. Create your own hydraulic hand using some standard syringes and become a Mechanical Engineer Skill.

1 year ago 7 notes

DIY Brushbot

Electronic Toys combine classic themes with today’s technologies. With a basic knowledge of motors, batteries and circuits, you can create high-tech toys that do some pretty cool things. You can add electronics to an existing toy, or create one from scratch. This Brushbot solves a challenge for the Toy Maker Skill.

1 year ago 17 notes