Most Commented Content posted in May 2012
The Fun Side of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 5/15/2012
While 3D printers gain ground for traditional prototyping and limited-run manufacturing applications, the technology is also fueling a host of innovative use cases, from furniture design to collectibles, even for unmanned aircrafts.
Engineering, Science & Math in a Water Bottle
Mechatronics Zone 5/25/2012
Designing and filling a new type of water bottle might take less engineering work, but the description will help kids understand how science, math, and engineering influence their lives even through things that seem mundane.
Robots Cut Composite Repair Costs in Half
Engineering Materials 5/17/2012
A major advance in repairing composite structures combining robots and lasers bodes well for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, which contain composites in large proportions of their structures.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Dassault Takes a 3D Trip Back in Time
CAD/CAM Corner 5/31/2012
Leveraging its 3D modeling, simulation, and virtual reality technologies, Dassault Systemes has collaborated with Boston's Museum of Science and Harvard University on an immersive 3D experience that takes people back to Egypt's ancient Giza plateau.
Plastic Doesn't Pollute – People Do
Plastic may not be the most beloved of materials to the more environmentally minded, but Plasti 2012 aimed to mold a different opinion of the material in people's minds.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
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