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Category: Mechanical Engineering

Building open source tools for Adobe Creative Cloud updates | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Many IT shops focus on delivering prepackaged, vendor-based software to employees. As companies begin to offer services to millions or even billions of people, their internal systems, technical environments, and licensing strategies must evolve to give teams the flexibility and speed to keep up with the growing business. For Facebook, and perhaps for any company that operates at our scale, delivering enterprise tools across an organization is becoming an engineering challenge. One area that can occupy countless IT hours is…

Using sensors and social networks to make slopes safer

Jim Christian SM ’14 is co-founder and vice president of product for Mountain Hub, an app-based network in which people can upload and share critical real-time information about outdoor conditions. Credit: Jim Christian The peace and quiet that envelope a lone hiker on a leaf-riddled trail or a rock climber perched on the top of a cliff seem a world away from the noise of a social media feed. But Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) alumnus Jim Christian SM ’14…

Building an experience framework – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Zhibo Wei, Steven Liao & Jay Kim, Pinterest engineers At Pinterest, we’re committed to delivering a great experience to more than 175 million monthly active users. In addition to core features, like home feed and search, hundreds of in-product experiences are presented to Pinners every day, including new user onboarding flows, user education, tooltips and more. These experiences are built by multiple different product engineering teams. In order to ensure consistency and proper user targeting, we built a system called…

Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries

Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have shown they initiate a process called tubulogenesis that is crucial to the formation of blood-transporting capillaries. In microscopic images taken a different times during a weeklong experiment, researchers tracked the changes in cells (green) and cell nuclei (orange) using fluorescent markers. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key…

‘Shape Memory’ Effect Demonstrated in Gold Particles — ScienceDaily

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Germany have demonstrated for the first time the phenomena of shape memory and self-healing in gold microparticles. Achieved through defects-mediated diffusion in the particle, the discovery could one day lead to development of micro- and nano-robots capable of self-repair; mechanically stable and damage-tolerant components and devices; and targeted drug delivery. The study, published in the journal Advanced Science, was conducted by doctoral student Oleg Kovalenko and Dr. Leonid Klinger, led by Prof.…

Neflix Platform Engineering — we’re just getting started

“Aren’t you done with every interesting challenge already?” I get this question in various forms a lot. During interviews. At conferences, after we present on some of our technologies and practices. At meetups and social events. You have fully migrated to the Cloud, you must be done… You created multi-regional resiliency framework, you must be done… You launched globally, you must be done… You deploy everything through Spinnaker, you must be done… You open sourced large parts of your infrastructure,…

Concrete from wood

Credit: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Houses can be made of wood, as they were in the past – or of concrete, as they are today. To build for tomorrow, the two building methods are being combined: These hybrid structures, which contain both wood and concrete elements, are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary architecture. In the context of the National Resource Programme “Resource Wood” (NRP 66), Swiss researchers have now developed an even more radical approach to combining wood and…

The Big Four of Transportation Trends

“The general press and transportation specialty publications are bursting with reports of new developments in four major disruptive transportation technologies: Shared rides Electric vehicles Autonomous vehicles Connected vehicles As we look back on the auto revolution since 1945, we have spent trillions of dollars on cars and related infrastructure. These investments transformed our country and greatly assisted us to an unprecedented level of prosperity. Yet there are many things we would no doubt do differently with 20/20 hindsight to shape…

Aquila’s successful second flight: Another step forward in bringing the world closer together | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Just after dawn on May 22, Facebook reached another exciting and important milestone for the Aquila program — completing the successful second full-scale test flight of the aircraft. The aircraft flew for 1 hour and 46 minutes, and landed perfectly on our prepared landing site. In order to launch right after sunrise, which was at 5:15 am, we showed up at the gate to Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona at 12:30 am. While some members of the team began to…

3-D-printed implants can improve integration of amputee prosthetic devices with bone

Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers A new study evaluated two additive manufacturing methods for producing either fine or coarse textured titanium implants and compared the strength of bone integration, interlocking, and torque in rats given one or both types of the implants in the distal femurs. The ability to apply this technology to customize implant surface textures and geometries to match the specific anatomy of human amputees is increasingly important as the trend in prosthetic devices moves toward transcutaneous…