Computer Aided Design Pt 1: Design Before Technology

History of CAD The first design drawings can be dated as far back to the 16th and 17th century.  Utilizing handmade tools to draw concepts and measurements.  Of course, as mankind evolved, so did the tools, eventually developing drafting tables, ...

An Introduction to Aluminum Extrusion and Profiles

The aluminum extrusion (also known by ‘aluminum frames’) forming process is a bulk plastic deformation process. First, a billet of aluminum is preheated to a specified temperature that is still comfortably below the material melting point in order to facilitate ...

Sensor Mounting Part 1: Introduction to Sensors and Sensor Mounting

At its simplest definition, a sensor is a device with the ability to detect physical occurrences and changes in the environment, process them as inputs, and then generate an output signal. Sensors play a significant part in the manufacturing industry ...

The Internet of Things — What does it mean?

It seems that there is a lot of confusion about what products exactly constitute the “Internet of Things” (IoT), as well as a general skepticism as to what could actually be gained by owning a Wi-Fi enabled coffee maker.  Not ...

Printing Inspiration: 3D Printing in STEM Education

The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign Makerlab is the world’s first on-campus Business School 3D Printing Lab, with sixteen Makerbot Replicator 2 printers available for use. But if you look through the door of this lab on a Monday night, ...

Florida Tech Motorsports is Racing for the Cure

Each Spring, university students are building projects for design courses, or for competitions as a part of student groups such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). These students are motivated by their ...

Hot Bot wins Second Place for BOM Contest!

In February, MISUMI USA hosted a contest on Reddit for 3D Printer BOMs that used MISUMI components. We’d like to congratulate our second place winner, Brad Hopper, on his design of a deltabot 3D printer called the Hot Bot. According ...

Alumimaker 2 takes First Place for BOM Contest!

Earlier this year, MISUMI USA hosted a contest on Reddit for 3D Printer BOMs that used MISUMI components. We’d like to congratulate our first place winner, Andrew Chase-Ziolek, on his design of an Ultimaker 2 derivative called the Alumimaker 2. In ...