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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in November 2012
Time Is Running Out
Blog 
11/30/2012  2 comments
Tuesday, December 4 is your last chance to enter the Golden Mousetrap Awards. So, what are you waiting for?
Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 
11/29/2012  32 comments
Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
Smoking Trailer Brakes Cause Alarm
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2012  48 comments
When all four brakes on the boat trailer started smoking, it was time to examine the braking system.
Wind Power Operating, Maintenance Costs Drop 38 Percent
Engineering Materials 
11/28/2012  41 comments
The costs of wind power are falling, not only for turbine cost and performance, but also for operating and maintaining onshore wind farms. In just the last four years, operation and maintenance costs have dropped 38 percent.
Slideshow: Finding Success by Focusing on Failure
Guest Blogs 
11/27/2012  10 comments
Rob Manning, chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory, sits down for a chat with Design News.
BASF, TenCate Join Forces on Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2012  11 comments
BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have joined forces to develop and produce glass and carbon continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for high-volume car production.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2012  24 comments
NASA is using 3D printing to build engine parts for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
Blog 
11/20/2012  31 comments
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Engineers: It's BYOD for Life
Blog 
11/19/2012  16 comments
The concept of "bring your own device" to work is causing every type of business to do some restructuring for the sake of security.
Water Wand Plugged With Rust
Made by Monkeys 
11/19/2012  19 comments
The new water wand was plugged with rust after just a couple days of use.
The Work Day of the Future
Blog 
11/15/2012  27 comments
In 20 years, what will the typical work day be like? That is the question the Working Worlds in 2030 project is trying to answer.
Slideshow: Scenes From JEC Americas & IFAI
Blog 
11/14/2012  8 comments
For the first time ever, JEC Americas converged on the city of Boston November 7 to November 9, hosting a massive materials show in conjunction with IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International).
3-Island Pacific Nation Goes 100 Percent Renewable
Engineering Materials 
11/14/2012  19 comments
A new system will make residents of a small Pacific nation dependent on solar power and biofuel from local coconuts for electricity.
Software Advances Do Their Part to Spur 3D Print Revolution
Blog 
11/14/2012  2 comments
Sure, prices on 3D printers are coming down. But advances to 3D content creation tools at both the low and high end are helping to make 3D printing more accessible to a broader audience.
Embedding Power Everywhere
Guest Blogs 
11/14/2012  17 comments
What if you needed a wrench and found they were all the same size? Solar power systems face that problem now.
Engineering Directives Not Followed... Again
Blog 
11/14/2012  9 comments
What happens when 4km of speaker wire is wrongfully installed?
Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
Blog 
11/13/2012  17 comments
Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
Is Your Personal Device Personal?
Blog 
11/13/2012  14 comments
Do you use your personal mobile device in your plant, and does your company expect you to use your own iPad or smartphone for company use?
Video: Making a 10,000-Year Clock
Blog 
11/8/2012  24 comments
The Long Now Foundation is building a clock designed to last 10,000 years.
Aerospace Fasteners Mix It Up
Engineering Materials 
11/8/2012  8 comments
Fasteners and fastening systems for spacecraft and commercial aircraft are getting stronger, more reliable, and more varied.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lessons From Paper Clips
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2012  21 comments
There always seems to be new challenges for the inventor of the paper clip.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
Blog 
11/6/2012  19 comments
Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Servo Woes Fired Up the Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/5/2012  20 comments
The servo drives kept overheating, and some caught fire, but the driver manufacturer said nothing was wrong.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.
The Dodge Truck Was a Magnetized Mess
Sherlock Ohms 
11/1/2012  23 comments
This Sherlock Ohms nearly had to dismantle the car in order to find a magnetic snafu.




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