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Envisioning the future of design


December 4, 2014 9:48 am ET

Imagine a time when walls will not have light switches. Instead, motion sensors will detect when you walk in and out of a room, adjusting the lighting, temperature, aroma and digital wall decoration to your liking.

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Venture capital firm buys stake in Ximedica


November 17, 2014 3:32 pm ET

International venture capital firm SV Life Sciences has acquired a majority stake in Providence, R.I.-based medical device company Ximedica LLC.

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Arburg's Freeformer wins Red Dot design prize


November 10, 2014 2:05 pm ET

Arburg GmbH + Co. KG, the Germany-based injection molding machine manufacturer, has won a Red Dot design award for its first 3-D printing machine, the Freeformer.

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Through transition, R&D/Leverage has kept its identity


October 6, 2014 4:06 pm ET

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. — About six years ago, R&D/Leverage made a decision to rebrand to emphasize that the company was much more than a tool shop. That part of the company's story is well known by now. But what's sometimes forgotten is how the...

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Plastics barely mentioned in iPhone 6 introduction


September 9, 2014 4:26 pm ET

Bigger than its predecessors, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will pack more pixels and power into a thinner design that has a glass face curving around the sides to meet an aluminum enclosure. Not a lot of plastic compared to...

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3-D printed instruments hit the right note


September 9, 2014 2:00 pm ET

AUSTIN, TEXAS — At lunch during Industrial Designers Society of America's annual conference this year, members got a taste of some inventive tunes: Musical instruments designed for additive manufacturing and printed in plastic as part of a...

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Processors reach out to design community


September 3, 2014 1:30 pm ET

A conference for industrial designers is starting to attract more plastics processors looking for a better connection with the design community.

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Updating a travel icon for the professional millennial


August 29, 2014 11:44 am ET

As part of a drive to expand its customer base to include more millennials, Airstream Inc. turned to the Columbus College of Art & Design's MindMarket studios to develop a mobile office and living space product concept.

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Design, materials, engineering finding a faster way forward


August 27, 2014 1:50 pm ET

Engineering and design specialists at Altair Thinklabs and Eastman Chemical Co. have developed prototypes that would not just help Paralympics medalist Blake Leeper shave time off his sprints, it also could help produce a better, more affordable...

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Design Stories: Young designers showing the way in adaptive design


August 27, 2014 12:12 pm ET

Amanda Bolton, then 19, decided to change her major at the University of Cincinnati from fine arts to industrial design, creating products for people like her grandmother.

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