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Accidental Invention: Potato Chips

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WARNING: Reading this article may incite a ravenous craving for potato chips. Viewer discretion is advised. The crunchy, salty, irresistible snack that you know and love was first created nearly two centuries ago. Potato chips are said to have originated from an interaction between a picky restaurant patron and an irritated cook… But is that

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Inventions Ahead of Their Time: NASA Tools

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If you’ve got a memory foam mattress you love dearly, you’ve got NASA to thank for that. Temper foam, cochlear implants, and portable computers are just a few of NASA’s incredible inventions that were used for space exploration long before they became everyday items in society. It’s no secret that space travel requires some pretty

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Mothers of Invention: Hedy Lamarr

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Did you know that “The Most Beautiful Woman in Film” was also responsible for the ideas behind what we now know as WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth technology? Here are some insights into the incredible mind and talent of Hedy Lamarr. It is hard to find a better example of “Beauty and Brains” than Hedy Lamarr.

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Considerations for Working with Metal Powder Additive Manufacturing

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Utilizing the abilities of additive manufacturing (AKA 3D printing) with metal powders is unlocking the ability to build new parts and tools for aerospace, automotive, communications, and medicine that were previously not feasible. However, we must also consider and address the serious safety and handling implications. Working with new technologies can be exciting, especially building

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Inventions Ahead of Their Time: Corrective Lens/Contact Lens

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Today, a large portion of the population wears eyeglasses or contacts regularly. But how long ago would you suppose corrective lenses were first utilized? 100 years ago? 500? 1,000? How about over 2,000? Yep, that’s right. Check out this article to learn the early origins of these incredibly useful tools. Glasses have become pretty standard

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Accidental Invention: Corn Flakes

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Corn Flakes – the best-selling breakfast cereal in the United States. You know them. You love them. But do you know how they were created? Check out this article to learn the surprising story behind the accidental invention of this iconic Kellogg’s product. As with many notable inventions, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were created partially by

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Blended Romance: How Custom Powder Systems Came to Be

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“I don’t know how many times my boss introduced us… He really only needed to introduce us once,” recalls Denise on meeting Dale “Mac” McIntosh. The two had been working in the plant food industry and, if opposites do attract, Denise and Mac soon figured out how to blend their different personalities. “She’s my alter-ego,”

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Werner Stengel, the Thrill-Seeking Engineer

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You are strapped into your seat, the roller coaster cart slowly crawling forward when you see a hill approaching up ahead. You start to get nervously excited as the cart ascends, knowing that you will shortly be subjected to massive amounts of force and speed. Once the cart reaches the top, you take a quick

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When Bubble Wrap was Wallpaper

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As the 3D craze hit movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were banking on all of us living in homes with 3D wallpaper. Their company, Sealed Air Corporation, was formed to make a wall covering made of two sheets of plastic

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Our Customized Platform Lifts Will Elevate Your Operation

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There are hints of lifting devices dating back to the time of Archimedes. Leonardo da Vinci, our kindred Renaissance spirit, drew up elevator designs. Steam-powered elevators would haul lumber and coal in the 19th century. It would be years before people thought about hoisting people in these machines…and this kind of engineering ingenuity is behind

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Women in Welding: From Rosie the Riveter to Custom Powder Systems

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Woman welding

During World War II as all the “boys” were off to war, women stepped in and took up factory jobs. American women were working around the clock to make sure our troops had the tanks, jeeps, airplanes, and artillery needed to get the job done. Post-war America saw more and more jobs move into the

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Where’s Your da Vinci-Chute?

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Da Vinci Parachute

It once seemed outrageous to think a ship made of heavy steel could ever float on water. Imagine the reaction if a painter told you a contraption of wood could let you toss yourself from any height and drift safely to earth.  The parachute was one of the many inventions from the always-bubbling brain of Leonardo

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Happy New Year! Here’s Your Blank Napkin

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Napkin Sketch

We are an idea company. When we first meet customers, they are always a bit baffled…perplexed…flummoxed even. Our job is to take their (seemingly) impossible challenge and come up with the best way to solve it. We love love love being asked to do the things that haven’t been done before. We’ve been sharing with you stories of

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Napkin Sketch: Life-Saving Fire Hose Nozzles

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Napkin Sketch

Necessity is the mother of invention, but when three million gallons of liquid hydrocarbon explodes in front of you, waiting for mother to call isn’t an option. While the event was cataclysmic, it inspired the invention of the variable flow fire nozzle now used by fire departments around the world. Volunteer firefighter Clyde McMillian arrived at

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving - Custom Powder Systems

No, that’s not a typo.  No, we didn’t push the wrong button. Instead of a holiday once a year, what if we gave a little “thanks” …every day? At Custom Powder Systems, we’re a building full of scientists and engineers.  We like to see methods and proof. This is why we’re delighted to discover that

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