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Lightweighting Metals Institute Looks to Lighten Up Iron and Toughen Up Aluminum
Engineering Materials 
9/24/2015  2 comments
Lighter cast iron and harder die-cast aluminum are goals of the first two technology acceleration projects from the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow consortium.
10 New 3D Printing Materials from Plastics to Glass to Metals
Engineering Materials 
9/22/2015  4 comments
There are new materials for use with 3D printers, and then there are new materials that can only be made using 3D printing (3DP) techniques. In this slideshow, we'll show you some of both.
Motion System Enables Acoustic Resonance-Based, Impeller-Free Mixing
9/22/2015  1 comment
Intelligent drives and controls make this novel mixing technology, using high-intensity low-frequency energy, possible for a wide range of materials and user industries.
Continued Adoption of Electric Vehicles Rests on Battery Technologies
9/16/2015  1 comment
Lithium-ion chemistry for EV batteries remains the top dog, but it has some up-and-coming challengers aimed at finally taking electric cars to the masses.
Service Bureaus Are Still a Driving Force in 3D Printing
9/16/2015  Post a comment
The utopia of everyone having desktop 3D printers in their homes is not quite here yet, and as we wait for the next Industrial Revolution, service bureaus will continue to provide us rapid manufacturing.
Giant Robot Will Build Huge Composite Parts for Mars and Beyond
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2015  2 comments
NASA has installed a giant composites-making robot to help fabricate the biggest reinforced parts ever for space vehicles, including Mars rovers and landers, plus planetary and lunar habitats.
Printed, NFC-Powered Energy-Harvesting Device for Sensor Networks Is Coming
9/15/2015  Post a comment
A UK applied research group aims to develop a printed energy-harvesting device powered by near-field communication technology.
The Challenge of Mobile Phone and IoT Antennas
9/13/2015  2 comments
Mobile phones and IoT products are adding wireless devices at a rapid rate. What antennas are being used for these applications, how well are they working, and what challenges do they face?
Competition Awards Designers for Inventing New Products Out of Recycled Materials
9/12/2015  1 comment
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is asking designers to take one man’s trash and turn it into treasure by developing innovative new products out of reused materials.
How to Improve Tactile Switch Actuation and Lifecycle
9/11/2015  Post a comment
Selecting the right switch for its force and feel can be crucial if you want to avoid a big hit to product quality.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
Engineering Materials 
9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear
9/4/2015  Post a comment
Work in embedding conductive materials into commercially available yarn could lead to energy textiles that store power for use.
Old School Craftsmanship Is Alive, Well, and Inspirational for Labor Day
9/3/2015  4 comments
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
How to Gain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 2
9/2/2015  Post a comment
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
8/29/2015  2 comments
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2015  1 comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Advanced Materials -- and Ridiculous Engine -- Enable Lamborghini's Punishing New Roadster
Automotive News 
8/27/2015  3 comments
Combining ultra-lightweight materials with a monster 750-horsepower engine, engineers at Automobili Lamborghini have created one of the world’s fastest (and most expensive) new convertibles.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
8/26/2015  3 comments
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
Engineering Materials 
8/21/2015  2 comments
3D printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Just Because It's Old Doesn't Mean It's the Problem
Sherlock Ohms 
8/15/2015  9 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
8/14/2015  4 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
Survey: Engineers Broaden CAFE Materials Usage As Midterm Review Begins
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
As the CAFE standards deadline looms and EPA midterm review begins, automotive engineers are broadening their materials use to help vehicles shed weight and using more fuel-efficiency technologies.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
8/13/2015  3 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
The Secret Behind Better Material Adhesion Is Surface Pretreatment
8/12/2015  Post a comment
If you want the bonds between your design's components to be reliable and highly resistant to humidity, extreme temperatures, and aggressive substances, then pretreating the surfaces of those components is a must.
Coatings Are Getting Smarter and More Specialized
Engineering Materials 
8/11/2015  2 comments
Although many next-gen coatings are still in R&D, smarter coatings that change in response to their environments are coming soon.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Dubai is Building the First-Ever Fully 3D-Printed Office
8/4/2015  2 comments
The office's exterior and interior, including furniture, will be entirely 3D printed.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
Novel Alloy Will Save Money on the World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet
7/30/2015  9 comments
Lockheed Martin is looking to a new novel alloy and casting process to cut expenses on the F-35 Lightning II -- the world's costliest fighter jet.
Advanced Metals Gaining Ground in Lightweight Vehicles
7/29/2015  16 comments
After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
7/29/2015  1 comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
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.
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
7/26/2015  4 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
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.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
Engineering Materials 
7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
UL Working on Safety Certification for 3DP Materials Emissions
Engineering Materials 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
UL is researching pollutant emissions from 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, with the goal of establishing safety controls.
How Light-Curable Conformal Coatings Protect Automotive Electronics
Guest Blogs 
7/22/2015  Post a comment
Conformal coatings present themselves as space-saving alternatives to enclosures for protecting the circuit boards of automotive electronics. They can also provide electrical insulation.
Better Materials Will Help Reduce the Medical Device Recall Rate
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2015  1 comment
The product recall rate for medical devices has been increasing steadily for the past 15 years. A better materials selection process could cut that in half.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
LEGOs Will Soon be Made of Sustainable Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/17/2015  1 comment
Lego Group is making a significant investment toward making LEGO bricks more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
6 New Adhesives and Fasteners Transforming Transportation
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2015  2 comments
Take a look at 6 new adhesives and fasteners aimed at changing the face of transportation.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Could Spawn a New Era of Design Solutions
7/16/2015  1 comment
Some say there is a substantial gap between the CAD tools widely used by designers today and the next-generation tools that designers would need to maximize multimaterial 3D printing. But artificial intelligence in software may take care of that.
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