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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

Not Your Father’s Assembly Line

Posted on October 18th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications

RoboGate Assembly Line

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Would Henry Ford be more amazed by the technological complexity of contemporary automobiles or that of the contemporary assembly lines which produce them? Continue reading “Not Your Father’s Assembly Line” »

Make America Make Again

Posted on October 11th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications


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Even the most innovative idea will remain just that if no one figures out how to make it. National Manufacturing Day encourages the next generation of makers. Continue reading “Make America Make Again” »

3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap

Posted on October 4th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications

Tensegrity node

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When your cool new generative design optimizes load bearing versus material but is cost prohibitive to 3D print in metal, think sand. Continue reading “3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap” »

3D Printed Soft Muscle Could Mean Lifelike Robots

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

3D printed muscle

Image by ronymichaud [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have further narrowed the gap between science-fiction and reality by 3D printing muscle. Continue reading “3D Printed Soft Muscle Could Mean Lifelike Robots” »

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