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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in December 2013
Slideshow: 3D Printing Shifts to End-Production Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/31/2013  14 comments
EOS is taking steps to establish additive manufacturing as an efficient process in industrial production. The shift comes as interest grows in several vertical industries to integrate AM technologies and processes into existing manufacturing flows.
Bad Solder Stopped Bosch Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
12/31/2013  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Finnish High-End Steel Maker Comes to US
Engineering Materials 
12/30/2013  15 comments
Rautarukki Corp., a Finnish specialty steel maker known for its sustainable practices, has opened offices in Pittsburgh and Toronto. It will target its products toward transportation, heavy lifting, mining, and other industrial applications.
Bottle Molding Gets a Makeover
Blog 
12/23/2013  10 comments
Queen's University in Northern Ireland has spent more than 20 years researching and experimenting with plastic bottle moldings. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering School is the foundation for the Advanced Materials and Processing group, which has become the experts of the world on forming and creating new bottles.
Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants
Blog 
12/20/2013  18 comments
Siemens has developed software that allows Ford to view its plants in 3D software.
Spring-Free Trampoline Coming to a Backyard Near You
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/20/2013  20 comments
Dr. Keith Alexander and the University of Canterbury develop the world’s first spring-less trampoline using finite element analysis (FEA).
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
Blog 
12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
Biodegradable Plastic Can't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
12/19/2013  26 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
Blog 
12/18/2013  33 comments
NASA's technology developments point to a hot desire to get back into human-based space travel.
Gadgets That Fly, Take Fish-Eye Photos & Build Prototypes
Gadget Freak 
12/17/2013  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 
12/17/2013  15 comments
Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
The Pipe Sealant Was Not Compatible With Jet Fuel
Sherlock Ohms 
12/17/2013  21 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: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2013  2 comments
Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
This Lube Job Takes a Contortionist
Made by Monkeys 
12/16/2013  45 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 
12/13/2013  3 comments
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Microsoft's $100M Xbox One Controller
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/13/2013  5 comments
Microsoft says it spent more than $100 million in the research and development of its new Xbox One controller. Was it worth it?
Arburg Unveils Freeform 3D Printer
Blog 
12/13/2013  1 comment
Arburg's new 3D printer, called the Freeformer, melts granulates together, in a process identical to that of injection molding.
GE's Cold Spray Process Repairs Worn Parts
Blog 
12/12/2013  11 comments
GE is working on a new 3D printing method, known as cold spray, in which metal powders are sprayed from a nozzle at extremely high velocities on metal objects.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Slideshow: Supermarket Baxter Robot Learns to Check Your Eggs
Blog 
12/11/2013  30 comments
An industrial robot known for its safety around humans has been programmed to work a checkout lane and choose how it accomplishes certain tasks.
Goldie Fishwater & the Internet-Connected Aquarium
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/10/2013  17 comments
Contributing editor Cabe Atwell developed a Raspberry Pi and Arduino-based remote network fish tank control for his goldfish, Goldie Fishwater.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 
12/10/2013  34 comments
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: Design & 3D Print Custom Metal Implants
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2013  8 comments
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
Google Me a Robot
Blog 
12/9/2013  26 comments
Google is developing robots for manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse tasks.
Injection Molding: New Twists for a Mainstream Technology
Guest Blogs 
12/6/2013  8 comments
Injection molding can be a powerful tool for both prototyping and production. Here are some tips on how design engineers can get the most out of it.
NI's Dr. T to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Blog 
12/6/2013  15 comments
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Looking Ahead to the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2013  2 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 
12/4/2013  52 comments
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 
12/4/2013  16 comments
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
There's Still Time to Vote for Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
12/3/2013  5 comments
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Correct NEMA Enclosure
Guest Blogs 
12/2/2013  4 comments
First determine the operating environment, then ascertain the cooling requirements and methods.




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