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Ken Klapproth

Ken Klapproth

Maker, Inventor & Mechanical Engineer

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About the author:

A lifelong maker, Ken Klapproth has always been fascinated with how things work and the process by which they are made.   Ken has an extensive career in developing and marketing information solutions to commercial success in the engineering market for large and small companies including Elsevier, IHS, Invention Machine Corporation, Entuity, Proficiency, and SDRC.  Starting his career as a Mechanical Engineer for Pratt & Whitney, Ken helped designing the commercial gas turbine engines found under the wing on many of today’s modern aircraft including the Boeing 777.  In his spare time, Ken is an avid woodworker, photography enthusiast, and runner.

Posts by Ken Klapproth

Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 in New Materials & Applications

3D printed sphere

Image by metalurgiamontemar0 [CC0 1.0] via pixabay

Will 2017 be remembered as the year 3D printing matured beyond prototyping to production? Ponder this quick compilation reporting the biggest, the best, or the most impressive from the following year. Continue reading “Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017” »

Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation

Posted on December 27th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications


Image by SkySaver (crop from original) [Content on YouTube] via YouTube

With urban buildings going higher and constrained footprints straining emergency egress, one company eyes a novel approach through windows rather than doors. Continue reading “Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation” »

iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home

Posted on December 20th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications


Image by Sam Lionheart [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] via

Before you take a butter knife to pry open your latest $1000 Apple acquisition, you may want to see how the experts do it and consider replacement part costs. Continue reading “iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home” »

Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing

Posted on December 13th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications

Vanadium disc etched

Image by Alchemist-hp [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] via Wikimedia

Engineers and metallurgists may no longer have to trade strength for ductility when choosing structural metals thanks to 3D printing techniques. Continue reading “Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing” »

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