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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in December 2012
Fastener Inserts Designed for Lightweight Aerospace Materials Reduce Risks, Costs
Guest Blogs 
12/27/2012  11 comments
Efforts to incorporate lightweight materials into aerospace designs raise the issue of finding safe and reliable methods of fastening assemblies.
Video: 3D Printing With Moon Rocks
Engineering Materials 
12/26/2012  20 comments
Washington State University engineers have 3D-printed some simple-shaped objects using a lunar regolith simulant, an artificial version of the mixture of loose dust, rock, and soil that covers solid bedrock.
Injection Molding Goes High Volume
Engineering Materials 
12/21/2012  14 comments
Injection molding processes and techniques are being adapted to the high-volume production needs of automotive, medical, and aerospace applications.
Solidoodle 3 Provides High-Quality 3D Printing on the Cheap
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/21/2012  7 comments
Fierce competition has spurred Solidoodle to release the third iteration of its printer with updated parts and better performance.
Autodesk Teams With IZOD IndyCar to Innovate the Racing World
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/17/2012  9 comments
Autodesk is teaming up with IZOD IndyCar Series in a three-year deal meant to expose and familiarize all of the IndyCar race teams with the entire Autodesk collection of software.
Growing Future for Metal Injection Molding
Guest Blogs 
12/14/2012  6 comments
Metal injection molding (MIM) is experiencing a worldwide boom, with an estimated market worldwide of more than $1 billion per year, and compound annual growth rates estimated to be as high as 20 percent.
Engineering Students Show Off Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills
STEM Connection 
12/12/2012  10 comments
An innovative program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago teams up students to work together to solve complex, open-ended, real-world problems.
A Lousy Way to Deal With Parts
Made by Monkeys 
12/12/2012  18 comments
Sometimes managing parts can be idiosyncratic, and that's not always a good thing.
3D-Printed Weapons & the Consequences
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/11/2012  113 comments
A 3D-printed gun has been test fired, and it works. Is it an engineering marvel or a disaster waiting to happen?
Mixing Paint(ball) With Workstations
Sponsored Blogs 
12/10/2012  3 comments
KEE Action Sports has leveraged true professional workstation innovation with Intel technology to become, and remain, a leader in the sport of Paintball. And that doesn’t happen by accident.
Xbox 360 Gets a $5 Fix
Made by Monkeys 
12/10/2012  20 comments
Just before buying a new Xbox 360, one gamer found a fix that cost a mere $5.
Fabrication Technique Gives Graphene the Flexibility for Future Transistors
Blog 
12/7/2012  5 comments
As electronics become smaller and faster, graphene transistors will become the center of attention for helping the transition from old-school to fast future in the coming decade.
The Mystery of the Water Hammering
Sherlock Ohms 
12/6/2012  13 comments
The water hammering came and went for ages until Sherlock Ohms was sitting in the right place at the right time.
Stanford Engineers Invent All-Carbon Solar Cell
Engineering Materials 
12/6/2012  20 comments
In a major first, researchers at Stanford University have built a prototype of an all-carbon solar cell that includes carbon nanotubes in the photoactive layer and in the electrodes.
Design Decisions: What Designers Need to Know About EMI Shielding
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2012  4 comments
The balancing act between accessibility/airflow and shielding from electromagnetic interference can be maintained with a honeycomb filter.
Rapidform 3D Scanner Recreates Ancient Caves
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/4/2012  11 comments
Is Rapidform a tool every engineer needs to have under his belt to stay competitive in the modern manufacturing industry?
Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
Guest Blogs 
12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.
My Opinion on PLM in the Cloud
Blog 
12/3/2012  16 comments
Cloud-based PLM is here to stay and will have a significant impact in the market.




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BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
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