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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in February 2013
Rock Always Wins in Lawnmower Battle
Made by Monkeys 
2/27/2013  42 comments
Hitting a rock with your lawnmower shouldn't destroy the mower -- that is, unless it is built by monkeys.
Video: Researchers Use Spray-Coating Technique to Develop Cheaper Solar Cells
Blog 
2/27/2013  5 comments
Researchers in the UK have come up with a way to fabricate solar cells that involves a process similar to spray painting and lowers the price of manufacturing the cells, potentially making them more accessible.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2013  34 comments
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
Report: Plastics Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup
Engineering Materials 
2/22/2013  26 comments
58 plastics associations report the progress they've made on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.
The Saturn’s Failing Plastic Window Parts
Made by Monkeys 
2/21/2013  40 comments
When the plastic part that lifts the window in your Saturn breaks, get plenty of replacement parts. You'll need them.
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Polyurethane Composite Toughens Up Seawalls
Engineering Materials 
2/19/2013  10 comments
A pure polyurethane glass fiber composite designed for seawalls is tougher and stronger than standard glass fiber composite materials.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Lulzbot AO-101 3D Printer Ready to Use out of the Box
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/18/2013  13 comments
Turnkey Lulzbot AO-101 3D printer comes with everything needed to get up and running immediately.
Ceramics Moving Into Jet Engines
Blog 
2/13/2013  5 comments
GE Aircraft Engines is moving heavily into composite materials for its jet engines.
Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2013  21 comments
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
Blog 
2/8/2013  18 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 
2/8/2013  36 comments
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
Blog 
2/7/2013  41 comments
Korean researchers have developed what they are claiming is the world's first bendable lithium-ion battery, an invention that could pave the way for more flexible mobile and electronic devices.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 
2/1/2013  11 comments
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.




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