The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.

Spinning towards the future of electric aviation

Australian electric propulsion company, magniX has successfully tested its 350 horsepower all-electric motor with an aircraft propeller mounted for the first time on a Cessna ‘Iron Bird’.

Meaning-Centred Design Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist of 18 shortlisted finalists in six categories for the first Meaning-Centred Design Awards has been unveiled. The awards recognise designs that radically innovate what things mean to ...

Automation made easy with modular motion concept

igus’ robolink Apiro is a modular motion system which enables design engineers to develop low-cost automation systems. Consisting of three lubrication-free worm gears for standard movement, inverted ...

Material shifts shape using heat and light

A material developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli before reverting to its original form.

This tablet’s flexible screen rolls up like a scroll

A research team from Queen’s University in Canada has unveiled the ‘MagicScroll’ – a tablet with a 7.5-inch 2K resolution flexible touch screen that can be rolled into a tube, like a scroll, to allow ...

3D printed bionic eyes could restore sight

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface for the first time, an advance that they say could eventually lead to a ‘bionic ...

Dyson to expand UK site for electric car testing

Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track at its Wiltshire facility where its “radical” electric cars, planned to be brought to market from 2021, will be put through their paces.

Sketching in 3D with air scaffolding

A team of researchers from KAIST have developed a mid-air 3D sketching tool, combining the strengths of gesture and pen input. They say the technique will ease the way for ideation in three ...

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EDS rocks!

Global engineering group Sandvik will showcase its cutting-edge 3D-printed ...