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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in November 2013
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2013  25 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.
The Many Faces of Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
11/29/2013  13 comments
Plants are becoming more efficient through a number of changes, from improved software to simulation, and improved safety to employee buy-in.
The Importance of Mentors
STEM Connection 
11/27/2013  42 comments
Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
Blog 
11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2013  41 comments
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
Blog 
11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 
11/21/2013  21 comments
Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2013  13 comments
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Design Decisions: Pressure-Sensitive Tapes Solve Bonding Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2013  4 comments
New engineered materials call for new generations of high-performance pressure-sensitive tape solutions.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  14 comments
The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronic News & Comment 
11/18/2013  15 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Slideshow: Garbage Disposal Doesn't Hold Water
Made by Monkeys 
11/18/2013  52 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
11/15/2013  15 comments
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
The Sled Mangled the Coupling
Sherlock Ohms 
11/15/2013  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.
Slideshow: DIY Robots With Modular Robotics’ MOSS Dev Kit
Blog 
11/14/2013  7 comments
Modular Robotics is offering a development kit that lets people build their own custom robots using modular building blocks that fit together via magnets and allow for complex designs and movements.
Slideshow: Super Cell Brings Efficiency to Server Production
Blog 
11/12/2013  3 comments
Efficiency in production can sometimes be improved by redesigning the production space.
Reader Vote Round 6: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
11/11/2013  19 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.
Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
Blog 
11/11/2013  28 comments
Disney has developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or control electrical components on e-paper or printed materials.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2013  15 comments
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 
11/8/2013  25 comments
Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Daylight Savings Foils Mouse-Less Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/8/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Building Circuit Boards With an Inkjet Printer
Blog 
11/7/2013  18 comments
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a way to print conductive ink onto a piece of paper from an everyday inkjet printer, making it a cheap, fast, and reliable way to quickly create and test PCB designs.
Clock Couldn't Keep Time Straight
Made by Monkeys 
11/7/2013  31 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
My Opinion on 57 Years of Plastics
Blog 
11/7/2013  17 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently attended the annual convention for the IAPD. What he found took him by surprise.
Reed Switch Loves Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
11/6/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: What 3D Printing Can & Can't Do
Electronic News & Comment 
11/5/2013  18 comments
3D printers can create parts of virtually any geometry, but engineers need a solid grasp of the technology to make the investment in it worthwhile, experts at Stratasys' Manufacturing the Future Summit said.
Engineering Plastics Get Tough, Lightweight
Engineering Materials 
11/4/2013  19 comments
Engineers are using more plastics derived from petroleum, biological sources, and recycled materials in consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, and offshore oil and gas applications.
Slideshow: The 5 Coolest 3D-Printed Things
Guest Blogs 
11/1/2013  11 comments
Many interesting items are being 3D printed (even as we speak). We present five that we think are pretty cool -- from a Terminator arm and artsy coffee reproductions to an easy way to build a house of cards and a 3D printer made from scrap.
Slideshow: Carbon Composites for Cars Get Tougher & Faster
Engineering Materials 
11/1/2013  14 comments
Dow Automotive Systems has been talking about the company's latest automotive carbon composites and the adhesives used to join them. Both are getting tougher, with faster cycle times.




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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.
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