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Welcome to another month of the Fictiv Hardware Roundup, where we share interesting news, education, events, and opportunities from the hardware ecosystem.

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Industry News

  • Intuitive Surgical has received FDA clearance for their da Vinci X robotic-assisted surgical system.The new system assists surgeons and hospitals using voice and laser guidance, drape design that simplifies surgery prep, and a lightweight, fully integrated endoscope. [via Medical Design Technology Magazine]
  • Lockheed Martin is building a full-scale prototype space habitat, in the second phase of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program in partnership with NASA.The habitat will be housed at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [via American Machinist]
  • Media is abuzz about the launch of Tesla Model 3 this week. Business Insider has an insider look at what it takes to be an engineer at Tesla, from former Tesla Engineer Hokuto Ueda, who was on the team that took the Model S from prototype to delivery. [via Business Insider]

Hardware Knowledge

  • When transitional from hydraulics or pneumatics to electromechanical motion, roller screw actuators are usually the best choice. Design World has a great guide on the design of roller screws and inverted roller screws, and their applications. [via Design World]
  • There’s a whole host of different methods to inspect castings to discover defects in the casting process. ME Mechanical details the different approaches and explains when they are most applicable. [via ME Mechanical]
  • Machine Design has put together a robust checklist for Injection Molding considerations, including resin selection, process choices, design specs, and more. [via Machine Design]


  • ReadWrite Labs is hosting the first in a series of events highlighting the IOT industry on Thursday, August 3rd. For this event, learn the ins and outs of the landscape from ReadWrite CEO Philippe Case. [Register here]
  • If aerospace is more your thing, this year’s Small Satellite Conference will be hosted in Logan, Utah, August 5-7th. This year’s focus will be on Big Data, namely identifying and solving the challenges of collecting, transmitting, managing, manipulating, and interpreting data streams. [Register here]
  • Early bird tickets are available for Product Realization Group’s 2017 Hardware Symposium on Thursday, September 14th. This year’s theme is “Artificial Intelligence – Hardware Revolution or Evolution?”. Get 15% off early bird tickets with discount code “PRG-HW17AI”.  [Register here]


  • Samsara is hiring a Product Designer (Mechanical Engineer) to create electro-mechanical system assemblies, packaging, and accessories. [via Samsara]
  • Automatic Labs is hiring a Senior Hardware Engineer to lead projects that help people drive smarter and bring the power of connectivity to every car. [via Automatic]
  • PCH Lime Lab is looking for a Prototyping Lab Manager to lead the shop team in bringing design and engineering concepts to life. [via Lime Lab]

For the Love of Engineering

  • If you enjoy podcasts, I highly recommend Z Holly’s “The Art of Manufacturing”, which releases new episodes every Thursday. The show interviews a diverse group of entrepreneurs manufacturing physical products (including hardware, but also food and apparel), and the challenges they’ve had to overcome. [Listen here]

Until next month!

Madelynn, Director of Community at Fictiv