Bill Vandermark

About Bill Vandermark

Bill has been working as a marketing specialist at ANSYS since 2008 and is still constantly amazed by the different types of technology that the ANSYS software can impact.

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles features a few looks back, a few looks forward and a new approval from the FDA.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles feature a new device to kick the smoking habit, an office patrol robot, and a new machine to potentially help save the planet. Oh, and we also throw in some cool new Legos to blend the real world with the virtual world.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology features a turbocharged vacuum, an article that reads like a sci-fi plot, and we take another step toward the technology that is the Hoverboard.  Oh, and we’re also using engineering prowess to help save the world and advance the ability to conduct electricity in complex hardware.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles

This week’s top articles (+bonus) are heavily weighted on the wow side of things.  Technology Advancements that started back in the days of Tesla and Einstein are now becoming even more part of our everyday lives and that doesn’t even include the robot furniture of the future! So, enjoy the articles and if you’re gearing up for a long weekend, have fun, stay safe and keep exploring the engineering world.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s top articles span a wide reach across the world of science and engineering technology from a table created back in the 1700s to power sources only dreamed of in the future. And, in honor of that special someone in your life, I’ve included an article that will appeal to the Mom on the go…printable make-up! Enjoy the articles, enjoy the weekend, and call your mother!

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Greetings. It has been a while since I’ve joined you on the blog so forgive me as I shake the rust off my typing fingers and walk you through some of the top finds that came across my desk this week in the world of engineering. This week’s engineering technology articles include a variety of items across a broad range of industries, all of which caught my eye in a different fashion. From seismo-acoustics to 3-D printing, I think there’s something for everyone this week.

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Engineering Great (and Small) Things and the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year DecorationEditor’s Note: Today’s blog goes out in honor of the Chinese New Year being celebrated today.

Here’s a little confession: I’m not an engineer. Good, now that I got that out of the way, I also feel it pertinent to say that if you read my little bio at the bottom of the page, it does impart a very valid truth. I am constantly amazed by the different ways that companies from every industry use the ANSYS suite of products. Because of all the technological advances that I see on a day-to-day basis, I’ve noticed that I started to look at the world around me in a different way.

When most people, myself included, think of engineering achievements, we’re quick to point out headline making news like the Boeing Dreamliner that Sin Min Yap blogged about a few weeks ago, or the now-retired space shuttle program that took time this week to remember one very bad day 27 years ago. And while these are indeed achievements on a grand scale, I’ve also started noticing how amazing things can be even when they aren’t measured on the same plane of engineering as a complex airliner. Continue reading

The Trampoline – Simulating a New Childhood

image of man jumping on a trampolineAnyone growing up in the 80s (or earlier) who ran rampant around the neighborhood can easily close his eyes and picture either a back yard swing set or the local playground. Metal slides baking in the sun, monkey bars with oxidation handprints down the center, dirt ruts under the chain and rubber swings — and if you were really lucky, a trampoline.

Even though we survived each of those supposed “death traps” and today’s playgrounds are littered with recycled rubber mulch, padded edges and plastic everything, the trampoline still remains largely unchanged. Sure, the safety netting can be considered but it only prevents falling off the trampoline. Continue reading