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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in January 2014
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
Carbon-Reinforced Compound Bests Metal Specs for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2014  15 comments
RTP Company has developed carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds for injection molding with specs that vie with metals in their stiffness and strength.
Software Will (Help) Make 3D Printing Metals in Space a Reality
Engineering Materials 
1/28/2014  19 comments
Granta Design's materials information management software has helped optimize materials and processes for additive manufacturing in the ESA's AMAZE program to make space-quality metal components in space.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
Blog 
1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
Unjamming the Toner Hoppers
Sherlock Ohms 
1/27/2014  6 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.
Learning Labs Focus on Materials & 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/24/2014  6 comments
Next month the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and co-located events, will feature 30 two-hour Learning Labs. Here's the skinny on the sessions covering materials and 3D printing.
Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Is That a Good Thing?
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2014  28 comments
Google's expected target applications for its new robot division are in manufacturing and retailing, and its other robot purchases are right in line. So why did it buy Boston Dynamics, the leading-edge military robot company?
Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items
Blog 
1/22/2014  27 comments
Festo imitates natural wave action to move delicate items along a conveyor.
3D Print Metals For Under $2,000
Engineering Materials 
1/21/2014  31 comments
You can build a low-cost open-source 3D printer that makes metal parts for less than $2,000, designed by Joshua M. Pearce and his team at Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU and Sigma Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding to support commercial development.
Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Electronics News 
1/20/2014  18 comments
The 2014 North American International Auto Show, which opened to the public in snowy Detroit last week, offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 
1/20/2014  23 comments
Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
Blog 
1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Who Will Reign in the Automation Circle?
Blog 
1/17/2014  Post a comment
The 2013 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists have been announced, and it's just a few short weeks until the winners will be revealed during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif. Do you have your tickets yet?
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
Blog 
1/16/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
First 3D-Printed Metal Part Flies on UK Military Jet
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2014  23 comments
A 3D-printed metal aircraft end-production component has been successfully flown on a test flight conducted by BAE Systems for Britain's Royal Air Force.
Why a Stainless-Steel Ball Valve Is a Necessity for Engineers’ Jobs
Guest Blogs 
1/15/2014  6 comments
Always consider the nature of your business when you are choosing the equipment for effective functioning of your business tasks. This will help you to get one that is the best suited for your requirements.
3D Systems Acquires Gentle Giant Studios
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/14/2014  4 comments
3D Systems has acquired Gentle Giant Studios, a 3D model production company, which now gives the company rights to make characters from the Star Wars franchise and Marvel comics.
Plastic Replaces Metal in Car Engine
Engineering Materials 
1/13/2014  27 comments
Ford replaced brazed metal manifold components in two new V6 engines with DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin, saving 1 lb. in weight and $1 in cost per engine.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 
1/10/2014  23 comments
The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Changes What Engineers Can Do With 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/9/2014  15 comments
3D Systems has introduced printers, services, and software that will change what engineers can do with 3D printing. These include a bigger and faster SLA build volume, another printer that does multiple colors in plastic, one that prints plastic multi-material objects bigger and faster, ceramic 3D printing via the cloud, and a universal print driver.
Saving Millions Through Cost Reduction
Sherlock Ohms 
1/9/2014  11 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.
Slideshow: Upping the Efficiency of Solar Cells
Blog 
1/8/2014  50 comments
Solar energy has emerged as one of the most viable forms of renewable energy. But to make it even more prevalent and a standard part of power grids, solar-energy harvesting technologies need to perform at a higher level, achieving more efficiency, or a higher ratio of electrical output to the incident energy in the form of sunlight.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Metals in Space
Engineering Materials 
1/7/2014  24 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun a program for designing a large-scale 3D printer that will work in space to make high-performance metal components and even entire satellites.
Are Carmakers Using the Latest Steel Technology?
Guest Blogs 
1/7/2014  9 comments
In 2011, the global steel industry published the FutureSteelVehicle engineering report, a guidebook for getting the most out of steel for lightweighting. Are these ideas being put into practice?
Slideshow: Rising Engineering Star Finalists
Blog 
1/6/2014  6 comments
Meet the engineers who are influencing and having an impact on the design engineering community.
Slideshow: Meet the 2014 Rising Engineering Star
Blog 
1/3/2014  12 comments
Justine Haupt, a design engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named the top innovator in this year's Rising Engineering Stars contest.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 
1/2/2014  40 comments
Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.




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