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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in October 2013
Video: 3D Printing Gets Spooky
Blog 
10/31/2013  1 comment
Happy Halloween! Here's a scary way to use a 3D printer.
Control Switch Saves Shelf Lighting
Sherlock Ohms 
10/31/2013  41 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.
Single-Piece Aluminum Tank Hull Will Resist IEDs
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2013  7 comments
The US Army Research Lab and Alcoa Defense are developing a single-piece forged aluminum tank hull designed to protect soldiers and ground combat vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Slideshow: Advances in Smart Shopping
Blog 
10/30/2013  23 comments
The integration of sensors and QR codes are playing a big part in the new wave of smart shopping solutions.
Decaying Rubber Has Whistle Effect
Made by Monkeys 
10/30/2013  33 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
STEM Connection 
10/30/2013  24 comments
Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
Engineers Reinvent Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2013  15 comments
Engineers are reinventing 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). The latest idea, from father/son-startup Vader Systems, uses liquid metal jet printing (LMJP) to make solid metal, full-production parts.
The RoHS Initiative Had a Big Effect on Product Quality
Guest Blogs 
10/29/2013  17 comments
When RoHS hit the manufacturing sector, big OEMs had to scramble with lead-free experiments to stay ahead of the competition. This had a monumental impact on a connector that now faced a redesign of virtually every connector in its portfolios.
2 More Innovative Uses of Plastics
Blog 
10/29/2013  2 comments
Cope Plastics and Vycom were the two finalists in the IAPD Design Challenge.
Reader Vote Round 5: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/28/2013  5 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Enter the Scary Door... If You Dare!
Blog 
10/28/2013  10 comments
As Halloween draws near, haunted attractions employ the latest technology -- pneumatic actuators and IR sensors -- to up the fear factor.
Slideshow: Optimizing the Design of Cars & Planes
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2013  15 comments
Sophisticated optimization software turns out to be a secret weapon behind aerospace and automotive companies' ability to successfully incorporate new materials like carbon composites into their designs. It's also behind several other innovations in aerospace and automotive design.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 
10/25/2013  9 comments
The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Don’t Put Compressed Air in the Floor
Made by Monkeys 
10/25/2013  10 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
LulzBot Crowd Funds Its Next 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/24/2013  8 comments
LulzBot's TAZ 3D printer is being crowd funded through fundable.com and has already well exceeded its $100,000 goal, with six days left to go.
What Made the Mustang Squeak?
Sherlock Ohms 
10/23/2013  34 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.
Students' Plastic Prosthetic Claims Top Prize in IAPD Design Contest
Blog 
10/23/2013  7 comments
UMass Lowell student engineers are working to develop an inexpensive plastic prosthetic arm for children in third-world countries. The team recently won the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition.
How to Be a 'Doctor of Engineering' Without Going to Grad School
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2013  21 comments
The process of differential diagnosis, as practiced by physicians, provides a framework for thinking about problem solving in many contexts, of which engineering is just one.
Video: Robotic Cubes Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2013  26 comments
MIT researchers have developed self-assembling, flywheel-driven modular cube robots that roll around each other and across a surface. They also appear to jump through the air.
Rising Engineering Stars: We Want You!
Blog 
10/18/2013  14 comments
Help us recognize engineers (a.k.a rising engineering stars) who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Growing Need for Optimization, Simulation in Design Process
Blog 
10/17/2013  25 comments
The growing need for simulation and optimization in product design was a major theme at Altair's 2013 Americas Technology Conference. Optimization can improve the product concept and lead to new product designs, as well as improve design and manufacturing processes.
The Pre-Cat Blew Up My MR2 Spyder
Made by Monkeys 
10/16/2013  41 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Researchers Use Engineered DNA to Develop Programmable Glue
Engineering Materials 
10/16/2013  6 comments
Researchers have used engineered DNA to develop a programmable glue that can be used with a variety of materials to create self-assembling, small-scale systems, such as surgical glue that stitches together selected tissues, reconfigurable computer chips, or lenses.
Muscle-Bound Bots Bench 80 Times Their Own Weight
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2013  34 comments
An electroactivated polymer (EAP) produces robotic muscles that lift 80 times their own weight, a new benchmark. They also store and convert energy that robots can use to operate themselves.
Department of Defense Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual
Guest Blogs 
10/15/2013  10 comments
The US government shutdown forced the Department of Defense Corrosion Conference to move from Hawaii to an online-only platform.
Reader Vote Round 4: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/14/2013  12 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone
Engineering Materials 
10/14/2013  19 comments
Bayer MaterialScience has designed a prototype car trunk lid, using a sandwich structure with a dense outer skin made of a glass fiber/polycarbonate-based thermoplastic composite and a polyurethane foam inner core.
$600 for a 50-Cent Fix
Made by Monkeys 
10/14/2013  25 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Composite Bridge Deck Lightens Loads
Engineering Materials 
10/11/2013  29 comments
Washington, D.C.'s crumbling 29th Street bridge has been replaced with one that has a fiberglass-reinforced composite deck.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 
10/10/2013  7 comments
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Where Rubber (& Oil) Meet the Road
Made by Monkeys 
10/9/2013  38 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
3D Printer Has an Eye-Popping Price Tag
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/8/2013  22 comments
The Peachy Printer is a $100 3D printer with a unique method of printing and a huge following on Kickstarter.
Green Engineering: Researchers Turn Plastic Bags Into Usable Nanomaterial
Blog 
10/8/2013  21 comments
Australian researchers have developed nanotechnology that uses non-biodegradable plastic bags to create carbon nanotube membranes. The membranes can be used in filtration, sensing, energy storage, and biomedical technology.
Flax-Based Bike Helmet Is Heavy but Safer for the Environment
Blog 
10/7/2013  22 comments
An environmentally friendly bike helmet that is comprised of a bio-resin foam core interior and a knitted flax woven outer resin shell is molded using ultra-violet light.
3D Printing: Game-Changing Applications for Consumers
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2013  10 comments
3D-print your car (Kor Ecologic’s Urbee), a bed (from FRONT), eyeglasses (from Make Eyewear), and even the hard-to-come-by toy your kid wants for Christmas.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2013  27 comments
A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Multiple Materials, Colors & Textures Gets Closer
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2013  21 comments
The ability to 3D-print multiple materials, colors, and textures in the same piece is getting closer with some major breakthroughs in hardware and software.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.




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Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
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