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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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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  1 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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.
Perovskite Solar Cells Are Just About Ready for Prime Time
Blog 
6/7/2016  1 comment
Thin-film solar cells made of perovskite are poised to move from the lab to the commercial market in the next three years, according to a recent report by Lux Research.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
Blog 
6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Blog 
6/6/2016  3 comments
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
Blog 
6/3/2016  1 comment
Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
Holding Your Nerves
Blog 
6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  3 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
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