What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 7/28/2015 4 comments Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 7/25/2015 1 comment University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 7/16/2015 Post a comment Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
The Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 7/15/2015 7 comments Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 7/13/2015 16 comments There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
Blog 7/10/2015 6 comments Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 7/2/2015 1 comment Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
Blog 7/1/2015 Post a comment Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 7/1/2015 1 comment From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 6/26/2015 4 comments The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 6/22/2015 3 comments In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Imagine being able to illegally download a physical product the same way you can with music and videos. That’s basically what’s happening with 3D printing and digital manufacturing, with huge repercussions in the intellectual property domain.
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
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