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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in March 2012
Shop Brass Damaged the Clipper Ship
Made by Monkeys 
3/29/2012  14 comments
Shop brass -- a cheap version of bronze -- may not be strong enough to hold a clipper together.
US Faces Off With China Over Rare Earths
Engineering Materials 
3/28/2012  66 comments
The US, the European Union (EU), and Japan have filed a World Trade Organization action against China for restricting the trade of rare earth minerals.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Relies on Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2012  18 comments
The first commercial spacecraft, which will begin powered flights this year, reportedly has an all-carbon composite structure.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2012  17 comments
Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Understanding Overload Failures
Guest Blogs 
3/23/2012  17 comments
Avoiding overload failures is a matter of understanding the forces that act on a part and the properties of the material from which it is made. Things break, but they don't necessarily have to.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 2
Blog 
3/22/2012  12 comments
With the price increase in rare earth oxides, engineers find themselves considering alternative designs to minimize such magnets in a system without affecting performance.
Petroski on Engineering: Envelopes of Experience
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2012  21 comments
Computer-generated drawings may be the new standard, but hand-drawn and designed work is admired.
Rebuilding Manufacturing: Readers Say Reduce Regulations
Wolfe's Den 
3/14/2012  33 comments
New innovations in technology are everywhere, but where should the support come from?
Caution: Corrosion When Wet
Guest Blogs 
3/9/2012  16 comments
Despite your best efforts, the environment always seems to find a way into your work.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 1
Blog 
3/5/2012  44 comments
A range of market forces will prop up prices for rare earth metals. Learn how to mitigate the effect.
Faulty Door Latch Frustrates Owner
Made by Monkeys 
3/1/2012  30 comments
The new storm door was great, but the latch needed help, over and over again.




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