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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in March 2013
Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
Blog 
3/29/2013  14 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass recently spent the day at the NY International Auto Show. Here's a sampling of what he saw.
National Additive Manufacturing Institute Funds First Projects
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2013  9 comments
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute has funded its first seven projects. They span a range of technologies and focus on fine-tuning existing AM processes for a variety of goals, including tooling, materials development, and composite production.
MPPE Insulation & the Incredible, Shrinking Medical Device
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2013  14 comments
As the demand for portable medical devices increases both in the home and in emerging markets abroad, design engineers find their solution for weight and space savings through innovative, recyclable MPPE insulation for wire and cable.
Taking Some of the Grit out of Manufacturing
Sponsored Blogs 
3/26/2013  7 comments
Technology can go a long way toward helping people at all levels in manufacturing, and this list of technologies and solutions can help the manufacturing industry.
Rich's Video Blog: Airplane Engine Difficulties & Cars From 3D Printers
Blog 
3/25/2013  17 comments
Rich's recent flight showed that it's not just the Dreamliner that's having difficulties. And have you heard of the car that was manufactured with a 3D printer?
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Army Uses 3D-Printed Tentacles to Help Robots Manipulate Objects
Blog 
3/25/2013  5 comments
Army researchers designed suction cups to be used on robots that can replace humans in perilous situations, such as during disaster-recovery efforts.
Product Showcase: Recent Highlights
Blog 
3/22/2013  3 comments
We’ve just posted some products in our showcase from HEIDENHAIN, Master Bond, and Tolomatic that deserve a little attention.
Stringed Nano Beads Could Improve Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Blog 
3/19/2013  16 comments
A team at the University of Maryland has created nanoscale beads of silicon that could extend the number of charging cycles lithium-ion batteries can go through by about 10 times the current design.
The Engineering Creativity Challenge
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2013  12 comments
Brainstorming an idea is a good approach, but it's often not the best. We need to focus our creative energies on the design challenge.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Captain Hybrid 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
Engineering Plastics for Extreme Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/18/2013  4 comments
Quadrant's Jim Hebel clarifies a few points about the Dimensional Stability of Duratron PAI and the ability to hold tight tolerances on finished machined components.
3D-Printed Hybrid Car Drives Toward Mass Production
Blog 
3/15/2013  17 comments
KOR EcoLogic has teamed with Stratasys's RedEye On Demand 3D printing business unit to fabricate a lightweight electric car, Urbee, that could take to the streets in about two years.
Energy-Harvesting Soccer Ball Gets a Kickstart
Blog 
3/14/2013  21 comments
Uncharted Play Inc. founders have developed a prototype soccer ball that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown.
How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
Castigated Engineer Sees the Light
Sherlock Ohms 
3/14/2013  12 comments
A machine-tool builder sacrifices part quality in order to save a few bucks.
Monkeying Around With the Mazda Saved Some Cash
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2013  44 comments
An automaker with a known problem commanded a premium price for replacement parts. One owner came up with his own cheap fix.
iRobot Takes Humans out of 3D Printing Equation
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/12/2013  16 comments
A patent recently filed by iRobot details a fully automated 3D printer. The new system would be capable of finishing printed pieces without human intervention.
NASA Starts Biofuel Flight Tests
Engineering Materials 
3/12/2013  20 comments
NASA has begun flight tests of biofuels based on nonfood plants to determine their emissions and performance effects on jet engines.
Mars Rover Mining – an Engineering Feat
Blog 
3/12/2013  24 comments
NASA recently announced that the Mars rover Curiosity had collected the first sample from the interior of a rock on another planet.
Increasing Electronics Reliability With Conformal Coatings
Guest Blogs 
3/11/2013  18 comments
Selecting the right coating at the beginning of the design cycle can give engineers greater reliability and durability in the electronic devices they design.
Self-Assembly Meets 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
3/8/2013  15 comments
Self-assembly and 3D printing, two technologies at the edges of manufacturing, are on the verge of coming together to make 3D-printed objects that self-assemble when stimulated by water.
Slideshow: Plastics Are Fighting Disease
Engineering Materials 
3/7/2013  10 comments
Many of the new plastics on display at the recent MD&M West show in Anaheim, Calif. were developed specifically to help fight disease. They are also getting smaller and lighter.
Suzuki Saves Weight With Extruded Suspension Arm
Guest Blogs 
3/7/2013  14 comments
Suzuki developed an extruded aluminum lower control arm that weighs 50 percent less than a welded steel design, while costing roughly the same.
3D Printing Embryonic Stem Cells
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/7/2013  13 comments
A collaboration between Autodesk and Organovo results in successfully printing embryonic stem cells for the first time anywhere in the world.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
The Mill Is Peppered With Problems
Made by Monkeys 
3/6/2013  21 comments
The spring in the new peppermill was not strong enough, effectively bringing grinding to a halt.
Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field
Electronic News & Comment 
3/5/2013  32 comments
Football fans are about to get the ultimate view of their favorite sport, thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
Slideshow: MIT Engineering Students Design Wish-List Devices for Physicians
Blog 
3/5/2013  15 comments
Many physicians at one time or another have probably thought their jobs might be a lot easier if they had custom-made devices to help them perform procedures. For the past nine years, a class at MIT has been making some of these wishes reality.
Check Out Rich’s Video
Blog 
3/4/2013  27 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass has some things to get off his chest.




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