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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in February 2014
Fasteners, Adhesives Hold Things Together at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/28/2014  3 comments
At the MD&M West show and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., four companies displaying fastening systems and other assembly methods like adhesives stood out.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
3D Printing Approaches End Production With Single, Multi-Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/25/2014  8 comments
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companies’ total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
Oh Snap! Another 3D Printer
Blog 
2/24/2014  17 comments
Affordability is key with the Snap3D printer from TJIKO Labs.
Sabic Brings Carbon Composites to Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
2/21/2014  10 comments
Like most medical-grade plastics introduced at this year's MD&M West show, those from Sabic's Innovative Plastics division can withstand multiple sterilization processes and harsh chemical disinfectants. The big difference? Sabic's new compounds are high-modulus carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.
Disease-Fighting Materials Spotlighted at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/20/2014  22 comments
Most of the new materials on display at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, Calif. last week were developed to fight disease, especially the infections that hospital staff and patients are getting in large numbers. Many of the new plastics have also been developed with antimicrobial properties.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
3D Systems Acquires Xerox's Solid Ink
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/19/2014  2 comments
3D Systems absorbs Xerox’s Solid Ink Engineering to further expand its 3D printer prowess.
Use Maps, Not Recipes, for Student Project Success
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2014  8 comments
By creating roadmaps we can prepare students to think critically and decide the appropriate way to solve a problem, while keeping them engaged every step of the way.
MarkForged Unleashes Carbon Fiber 3D Printer on World
Blog 
2/17/2014  16 comments
The world's first carbon fiber printer was introduced at SolidWorks world 2014.
Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
Blog 
2/17/2014  45 comments
A UK-based company is developing solar-cell technology that could help advance the market for integrating solar energy-harvesting glass into commercial buildings.
Slideshow: Adhesives Make BMW's All-Carbon Composite Body-in-White
Engineering Materials 
2/14/2014  6 comments
The new BMW i3's entire body-in-white is made of carbon fiber composites, a first in automotive mass production. Its construction has been made possible by Dow Automotive Systems' Betaforce structural adhesives.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
Blog 
2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
Blog 
2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Using Light-Curable Materials for Medical Device Applications
Guest Blogs 
2/12/2014  10 comments
The use of light-curable materials (LCMs) in the medical device industry continues to gain popularity and support for their ease of application, cost savings, and fast-acting results.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Captain Hybrid 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Corroded Copper Stops Dial Tone
Sherlock Ohms 
2/11/2014  33 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.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2014  18 comments
If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
Pressure Sensing in 3D Applications
Guest Blogs 
2/10/2014  5 comments
Tactile pressure-sensing technology has the potential to alter our world in ways we might not expect.
Gadget Freak Review: Simple Tool Seals Wounds, Construction Set for Straws, Electronic Wall Outlet Safe
Gadget Freak 
2/7/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a simple device for sealing gunshot wounds, an open-source construction set that uses straws and cardboard to build shapes and objects, and a hidden electronic safe built into a wall.
Slideshow: Recycled Composites, Plastics Go Commercial
Engineering Materials 
2/7/2014  20 comments
Some plastics, like water bottle materials, are a lot easier to recycle than others, but progress is being made in materials availability. It's often spurred by the demands of big manufacturers.
America Makes Funds Second Wave of 3D Printing Projects
Engineering Materials 
2/6/2014  5 comments
The former National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute awarded funds to a second wave of 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects. They involve multiple processes, metal and polymer materials, and several companies we've discussed before.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
Blog 
2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer
Blog 
2/3/2014  8 comments
Stratasys came out swinging at SolidWorks World 2014, unveiling its high-end, multi-material 3D printer –- the Objet500 Connex3.
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Added to Golden Mousetrap Awards
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2014  20 comments
The products and services in the materials and assembly category of the Golden Mousetrap Awards keep expanding. This year, we've added a new section: 3D printing and rapid prototyping materials, tools, and services.




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