Posted by Alyn Wallace

NASA just sent a wrench to the ISS… by email!

Barry Wilmore, International Space Station (ISS) Commander, recently needed a wrench that they didn’t have at hand on-board the ISS… so NASA emailed him one. For the first time ever, an object has been designed on Earth and manufactured in space. How cool is that? Previously, if a similar situation arose then those on board the ISS would have to wait for the next resupply mission which could be months away. Now, thanks to Made in Space, the California company that designed the micro gravity 3D printer aboard the ISS, astronauts can simply print the desired tool they need. Whenever […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Stay Safe: 10 Ways Engineers Need to Protect Themselves

Engineering encompasses many industries, but one thing that most occupations within the engineering field have in common is risk. As an engineer, there are many varied ways that you should protect yourself, legally, physically and financially. Below are 10 ways that engineers need to protect themselves: For engineers who do a significant amount of work in the lab, safety and laboratory inspections should be done on a regular basis. Lab checks should be consistent; a check list should be used to ensure that everything is as it should be and in its proper place. A mistake could have devastating consequences, not only for […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Multi-directional maglev elevators make getting around high rises easier

Elevators changed how people moved around buildings when they were first designed around 160 years ago. However, since then the design of them hasn’t changed all that much as they can still only travel up and down in mechanical fashion in a vertical shaft. ThyssenKrupp hopes to change this with an elevator that would look right at home in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. They have designed a concept of an elevator that would be able to move several cabins around a building vertically and horizontally. If the concept comes to fruition we could see testing of the system in 2016. [Image […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Watching glass being blown is totally mesmerising

When glass is heated up it melts down and creates a mesmerising orange glow, similar to metal. The furnaces are natural gas or fuel oil-fired and operate at temperatures up to 1,575°C. There are, currently, two primary methods of making a glass container: the blow and blow method, used for narrow-neck containers only, and the press and blow method used for jars and tapered narrow-neck containers. A video series uploaded to Youtube by user kogvideo show how various glass products are made and the processes behind them. Check them out below:         Source: [Youtube]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

This machine converts water and carbon dioxide into synthetic fuels

Germany based Sunfire GmbH have created a machine that can convert water and carbon dioxide taken from the air into synthetic petroleum-based fuels such as petrol, diesel and kerosene. The tech could be a much needed step towards phasing out the use of pricey, finite fossil fuels. [Image courtesy of Sunfire] Sunfire have developed a method to produce the fuels cleanly and also uses electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar. They say the machine currently operates at an efficiency of around 50%, but seem confident this can be increased to 70%. The process works by creating steam via electricity from renewable […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

The unpowered Fortis exoskeleton lets you lift heavy tools indefinitely

Lockheed Martin have developed a next-generation, unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton called the Fortis that will provide the user strength, endurance and flexibility. Unlike other exoskeletons, it is lightweight and low profile and doesn’t require a power source. [Image Courtesy of Lockheed Martin] The Fortis exoskeleton transfers loads through the exoskeleton to the ground in standing or kneeling positions and allows operators to use heavy tools as if they were weightless. The ergonomic design utilises biomechanics to move naturally with the body and adapt to different body types and heights. It has joints in the parts of the body that would regularly have joints […]