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Dow Launches Waste-to-Energy Program for Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2016  3 comments
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Robotics and Smart Automation Change the Packaging Game
10/25/2016  1 comment
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
Hyundai RN30 Concept Car Lightens Up With Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
10/24/2016  Post a comment
BASF is partnering with Hyundai on a high-performance concept car that showcases both eco-friendly, sustainable materials and materials to enable lighter weight cars.
3D Print Your Own Sith Lightsaber for Halloween
Engineering Materials 
10/20/2016  1 comment
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Scalability, Agility, Extensibility will Determine the Future of the IoT
10/20/2016  2 comments
The Internet of Things is at an important and exciting tipping point in its evolution. ARM exec Ian Ferguson shares his perspective.
Bio-Based Materials Have Advantages Over Petro-Based
Engineering Materials 
10/19/2016  1 comment
Some next-generation bio-based materials are superior in performance to their petro-based counterparts, but also face some commercial challenges. This is especially true of certain biopolymers, adhesives, coatings, and advanced materials.
Apple Puts the Brakes on Its Automotive Ambitions
10/18/2016  4 comments
Internal reports are indicating that Apple has scrapped its plans to build a production car and is shifting its focus to systems for autonomous vehicles.
7 New Plastics for Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2016  Post a comment
Cars and other vehicles, as well as electronics and medical devices, continue to lead the use cases for the new plastics products we've been seeing, as engineers design products for tougher environments.
Molten Silicon Offers Unprecedented Solar Energy Storage
10/14/2016  13 comments
The most abundant element in the Earth's crust can store up to 10 times more solar energy than existing solutions, and is uniquely suited for urban areas.
Composites Startup First To License ORNL's Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2016  3 comments
LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France cycling champion Greg LeMond, is the first to license a new carbon fiber production method invented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that's faster, cheaper, and greener.
SpeedFoiler Looks to Break Catamaran Speed Records Using Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2016  Post a comment
This month will mark the launch of the SpeedFoiler, a super-fast, ultra-lightweight foiling catamaran that can fly short distances over water faster than other foiling designs, in part because of its carbon composite materials.
8 New 3D Printing Materials Are Just in Time for Halloween
Engineering Materials 
10/12/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop of 3D printing materials is mostly a collection of tough, strong, often heat-resistant filaments made for professional engineers and industrial products. Plus, most of them are black, just in time for Halloween!
Multiple Materials Challenge Adhesive Manufacturers
Engineering Materials 
10/12/2016  Post a comment
More and more assemblies are joining parts made of dissimilar materials in cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Adhesive makers are stepping up to the challenge.
4D Printing Method Makes Shapes Fold Up Like Origami
Engineering Materials 
10/10/2016  2 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has developed new materials and process for 4D-printing shapes that are programmed to fold and unfold when heated or when electricity is applied.
'Edible' Electronics Can Be Powered by Melanin
10/7/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that melanin is a viable basis for bio-batteries to power a new class of edible medical devices.
Greener Solar Cell Developed Using Common Food Additive
10/5/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a plastic solar cell that replaces toxic halogen solvents with a common food additive to create a more environmentally friendly cell
Did You Attend One of the Top 20 US Engineering Schools?
10/4/2016  8 comments
This list of top engineering schools combines a wide range of criteria that make up a quality engineering program.
Bubble Wrap, Sponge Work Together to Clean Your Water
10/4/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have designed a bubble-wrapped sponge that uses sunlight to boil water and create steam for potential use in water treatment/desalination.
Electric Powertrains Light Up Paris Motor Show
Automotive News 
10/3/2016  6 comments
Electric powertrains are stealing the spotlight, as automakers showcase their best and brightest battery-powered vehicles, during the Paris Motor Show, Oct. 1-16.
Device Turns Body Heat Into Energy to Power Wearables
10/3/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.
How 3D Printing Can Be More Than Prototyping
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2016  1 comment
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
9/28/2016  4 comments
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2016  5 comments
Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
Fabric Harvests Solar, Motion Energy to Power Wearables, Textiles
9/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
9/26/2016  4 comments
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Human Error Causes Most Engineering Disasters
9/23/2016  24 comments
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
iPhone 7 Plus Teardown: No Headphone Jack, More Space
9/22/2016  15 comments
Apple made some controversial decisions with its new iPhone 7 models, so what did they do with the extra space? The latest teardown from iFixit digs under the hood of Apple's new sensor-heavy phone.
BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
9/22/2016  1 comment
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Faster, Cheaper Composites for Automotive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Some carbon composite processes are moving into volume auto manufacturing, while intensive R&D is being conducted on many fronts to fast-track material and process development.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
New Nanoscale Structures Give Metals a Boost
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2016  Post a comment
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Your Next Job May Be As a 3D Printing Consultant
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2016  Post a comment
According to freelance website Upwork, demand has risen sharply since last year for engineers with experience of all kinds in 3D printing and AM.
Tooling & Fixtures: The Unsung Application for 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
9/14/2016  Post a comment
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
Eggshell, Bone Used to Develop Eco-Friendly Construction Material
9/14/2016  1 comment
A researcher at Cambridge University is working to develop construction material that emulates bone and eggshells in an effort to find more environmentally friendly ways to develop buildings for the cities of the future.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
'Sewbo' Robot System Automates Fabric Sewing in 3D
9/13/2016  Post a comment
An industrial robot arm works with a sewing machine to construct an entire garment, not previously possible because of the inability of most robotic arms to handle limp, flexible fabrics.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
New Polymers Pave the Way for Innovation in Solar, Medical Fields
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT and Singapore University have developed shape-memory polymers that can spring back to their natural shapes even after being drastically bent and twisted.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
See The Latest in Innovative Materials at the MD&M Innovation Tour
Engineering Materials 
9/9/2016  Post a comment
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
The iPhone 7 Is Crammed With New Sensor Technologies
9/8/2016  22 comments
With the iPhone 7, Apple has finally made an iPhone upgrade that is more function than form, with a number of improvements in the device's sensor and chip technologies and a farewell to a consumer favorite analog technology.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Why Electric Motors Should Be Assembled by Bonding
9/7/2016  5 comments
As motors become smaller and more powerful, adhesive bonding gains in popularity, and the variety of materials and surfaces it can be used on expands, more and more engineers are likely to consider using it for their applications.
The 'SAW' Robot Uses One Motor to Crawl, Climb, and Swim
9/6/2016  1 comment
The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) is the first to produce a continuously advancing sine wave with a single motor for locomotion. It can crawl both forward and backward, climb, and swim over long distances.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
The More Companies Using 3D Printing, The Better
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
OEMs want a wider breadth of metal material offerings, tighter tolerances on prints, and better surface finishes in their 3D printed medical devices, plus better part density and faster processes. Come find out what's available in materials and processes at a talk by Shannon Van Deren at next month's MD&M conference in Minneapolis.
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