A batch of fresh product design stories, just for you…
Machine Design magazine published its annual salary and career report for mechanical engineers and found that the community (56.6% of you) expected their salary to go up in 2016. And, you’re getting older, while younger engineers are getting hard to find. In the past five years of the survey, the percentage of new engineers decreased, while ages 55 and older have increased from 45% in 2012 to 59% in 2016.
So, who are you exactly, and what do you do all day? According to the survey, the majority of respondents are white males and age 50 and older. A little more than half work as design and development engineers. And the average salary for engineers this year? Almost three figures at $99,933.
As for the future, survey participants noted that roles are changing with new technology. “The lines are currently blurring between mechanical and electrical engineer,” wrote one respondent. “It is becoming important to have a basic understanding of the limitations of control systems and their impact on the mechanical systems being designed.”
To download the report, go here.
There’s nothing worse than lying wide awake at night while your partner deep sleeps and snores the night away. (OK, we can think of worse things, like Friday night design changes.) Anyhow, CPAP breathing masks can help alleviate the snoring and possibly save lives for those suffering from sleep apnea. The masks? Not super comfortable. But now, 3D printing is making it easy for sufferers to wear – because it’s tailor-made to match a wearer’s face.
3D printing helps create a three-dimensional object from a digital design, while “special machines use liquid silicone ink to create a physical object in layers to the precise dimensions of the image.”
The masks are being used as a trial at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, while “20 patients with sleep apnea will have 3D pictures taken of their faces using special cameras – a process that takes five minutes.” The pictures are sent to the 3D printer to make the mask that fits an individual’s facial contours. Though it’s a pilot program, we hope the research will make it personalized and more comfortable for those suffering. 3D printing for the win (again).
Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot announced that the advanced rendering capabilities within PTC’s Creo® 4.0 software will be powered by Luxion’s KeyShot render technology.
Through the real-time render view, users can now:
“PTC has an incredible focus on delivering the best design software with the strongest capabilities to their customers,” say Claus Wann Jensen, CEO and co-founder at Luxion. “With our longstanding collaboration, Luxion is proud to be part of this focus, providing new capabilities to PTC Creo users in elevating the quality of their product visuals.”
New visualization capabilities in Creo 4 ARX support KeyShot materials and direct import to KeyShot. (Image courtesy Keyshot.com)
Speaking of Creo and Keyshot, Prabhu Manickam captured our attention and imaginations recently with designs he’s been sharing on the Creo LinkedIn Group page, including unmanned aerial drones and this jet engine:
Jet engine by Prabhu Manickam, Project Scientist at National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore,
designed using Creo and Keyshot.
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