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Lights Out: The Rise of Robotics and Automation

Imagine an automated factory, devoid of human life, where manufacturing activities are performed by robots that work as effectively with the lights off as they do with the lights on. This is known as “lights out” manufacturing, and it’s a reality that our world is hurtling toward. The manufacturing industry has long sought to replace …

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Exploring the Branches of Mechanical Engineering

Few machines are designed without the expertise of a mechanical engineer. Employed in a variety of industries, mechanical engineers can be found developing aerospace prototypes, analyzing automotive test results or using computer-aided design (CAD) in manufacturing. There are plenty of opportunities for experienced, qualified professionals throughout the branches of engineering. However, the sheer number of …

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Perseverance: Engineering the Mars 2020 Rover

We — not as a nation but as humans — will not give up. The human race will always persevere into the future. — Alexander Mather, winner of the “Name the Rover” essay contest  The spacecraft carrying NASA’s Perseverance rover entered the Martian atmosphere traveling over 12,000 miles per hour. Thrusters kept the spacecraft on …

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