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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in November 2011
Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
Guest Blogs 
11/30/2011  18 comments
According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
Case of the Failing Thermistors
Sherlock Ohms 
11/30/2011  12 comments
Thermistors were failing by the handful. The contract manufacturer had to find a fix and prove the fix to the customer.
Engineer's Toy Becomes a Profession
Electronics News 
11/30/2011  46 comments
Paul and Carol Flack started Bridge Street Toys to resurrect the engineering toys he remembered from his childhood.
Standard Solar Cofounder Talks Rooftop Panels
Blog 
11/22/2011  24 comments
Standard Solar co-founder Lee Bristol talks about photovoltaic panels and how he started his business.
Changing the Oil? Check That Seal
Made by Monkeys 
11/22/2011  24 comments
When the motorcycle started sliding through the turn, it was clear the oil seal wasn't holding.
3D Inspection Cutting Automotive Defects
Blog 
11/18/2011  12 comments
3D machine vision techniques are taking on an increasing role in automobile production lines in a bid to up overall production quality and cut defects.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Fly Via Additive Manufacturing
Blog 
11/17/2011  15 comments
Aerospace applications are the fastest-growing sector for direct laser sintering (DLS).
Solyndra Seeds Doubts About Photovoltaic Manufacturability
Guest Blogs 
11/4/2011  18 comments
The real lesson in successive crashes at Solyndra, Beacon Power, and First Solar may be that designers are not keeping issues of practicality and manufacturability paramount.
Composites on Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heavily Researched
Blog 
11/3/2011  11 comments
Much of what's known about the composites used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes from research by the federal government.




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