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Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
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7/26/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
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7/26/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
New Modeling Technique Makes Carbon Nanostructures Better and Cheaper
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  2 comments
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
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7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  5 comments
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges
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7/21/2016  4 comments
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Coconuts Inspire Materials to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A German researcher is using the strength of coconut shells as inspiration for the design of concrete for earthquake-proof buildings.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
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7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Researchers Produce Low-Cost Super-Strong Titanium Alloy
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7/12/2016  Post a comment
Given the urgent need for improved fuel economy in the transportation sector, there has been a renewed interest in titanium as a structural material.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
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7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
The First 3D Printer for Microfluidic Devices Allows One-Step Prototyping
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
Dolomite Microfluidics has created the first fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that allows virtually anyone to make rapid prototypes of fluidically sealed devices.
Hyproline Project Demonstrates High-Performance Metal 3D Printing
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
An EU-backed coalition has developed a solution for 3D printing precision metal parts produced in small series with increased accuracy, less waste, and fewer rejects.
'Artificial Eye' Sensor Can See in the Dark
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
Using an all-optical approach inspired by the eyes of fish, University of Wisconsin in Madison researchers have developed an image sensor capable of seeing in near pitch-black darkness.
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
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6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
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6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
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6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
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6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Chemically Active 3D-Printed Structures Are Successfully Demonstrated
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6/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
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6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Materials Matter More than Anything in Product Development
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6/22/2016  Post a comment
Join a free online course, June 28-30, about one of the most important topics to understand when you’re making something -- which materials make sense, why, and in which situations.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
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6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
Keeping Medical Devices in Great Shape for the Long Run
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6/17/2016  Post a comment
Medical device designers are constantly facing new challenges, stemming from rapid changes in the healthcare regulatory and care delivery landscape. Fortunately, designers also have multiple materials resources.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
Mantis Shrimp Inspire Next-Gen, Super-Strong Composites
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6/15/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have identified a unique structure in the mantis shrimp's dactyl club that can inform the design of stronger materials.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
Engineering Materials 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
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6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed new techniques that could help them identify performance flaws in materials that form solar-energy-harvesting cells, leading to performance improvements in new cells.
Celebrate the Best of Gadget Freak
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our latest Gadget Freak ebook calls out the best and brightest projects from the 2015 crop.
ORNL Makes Carbon Fiber Stick to Aluminum
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2016  2 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining carbon composites with aluminum, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for high-volume industrial applications.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
An Electric Car Too Soon
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6/10/2016  2 comments
An engineer shares his story of the electric vehicle he built, and all of his mistakes he made and lessons he learned along the way.
Bones & Seashells Inspire Sustainable Design for Concrete
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6/9/2016  1 comment
Biomimicry is a popular research method these days, in particular in the quest for more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Researchers at MIT are among the latest to use biomimicry in this endeavor, with a new biologically inspired design of the world’s most common building material -- concrete.
Making Lighter, Smaller Designs with Fasteners
Engineering Materials 
6/8/2016  Post a comment
New and improved fastening methods are helping engineers join plastics, composites, and thinner metal sheets in a variety of product assemblies.
Gaining Real-World Experience in Formula SAE Series Racing
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
Imagine an educational experience for budding engineers to leave textbooks and theory behind and actually design, build, and test real vehicles. Imagine those students’ racing their own vehicles in an intense and exciting competition against other university teams. Formula SAE Series Racing has been making this dream a reality for more than three decades.
This Cutting-Edge Telescope Is a Security Camera for the Planet
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6/7/2016  10 comments
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope at Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems is a ground-based telescope that will, once installed on a mountaintop in Chile, scan the sky, taking detailed photos with a 3,200-megapixel camera every 10 seconds, over a 10-year period.
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