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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in March 2014
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
STEM Connection 
3/28/2014  24 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2014  16 comments
Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Training Is Biggest Obstacle for Industrial Engineers
Blog 
3/25/2014  25 comments
Industrial engineers want a continuous flow of training. The 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey by Seminars for Engineers finds lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success.
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions
Sherlock Ohms 
3/25/2014  18 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: It’s a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Nypro Healthcare Improves Rapid 3D Prototyping for Medical Device Makers
Blog 
3/24/2014  4 comments
Nypro Healthcare is offering two new services for medical device makers to ensure they create quality and accurate 3D prototypes before going into volume manufacturing.
Wausau Coated & Rockwell Build Speedy Flexible Coating Machines
Blog 
3/21/2014  3 comments
Specialty converter Wausau Coated Products wanted to create an automation machine and bring it online faster and less expensively than the conventional specify-and-purchase route. They called on Rockwell Automation for help.
A Usable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
Made by Monkeys 
3/21/2014  24 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: Is the MX3D-Metal the Future of 3D Printing?
Blog 
3/20/2014  11 comments
Unlike many of the 3D printers available, the MX3D printers can work around a part rather than building it straight up. Using such techniques, the printer can print objects on surfaces with angles and slopes or even directly onto walls. In addition, it can print curves and shapes with much more precision and accuracy.
Slideshow: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Blog 
3/19/2014  24 comments
A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
Hot Plate Assembly Is Plain Screwy
Made by Monkeys 
3/19/2014  9 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2014  15 comments
Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  42 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2014  16 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Carbon Composite Yacht Model
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2014  7 comments
CRP Technology has 3D-printed a 1:14 scale model of a yacht in carbon fiber composites to demonstrate the possibilities and give a boost to boat design. The material and process are also used for under-hood motorsport applications and in aerospace.
Check Memo for Intermittent Electronic Problems
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2014  13 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Metal Bike Frames & Parts
Engineering Materials 
3/12/2014  27 comments
Final frames for a bike made by Renishaw have been 3D printed in titanium, and bike component maker Kappius uses EOS machines to produce complex tool steel end-product parts.
Bike Material of the Future: Wood
Blog 
3/10/2014  37 comments
Students at Cedarville University are building and testing bicycle frames made from wood.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
Guest Blogs 
3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2014  7 comments
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?
Monkeys Got All the Dishwashers but This One
Made by Monkeys 
3/6/2014  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Carbon & Fiberglass Composite Compound Is Cheaper
Engineering Materials 
3/5/2014  9 comments
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Building a Drone Whirly Bird: Copter Mechanics
Blog 
3/5/2014  10 comments
The mechanical design of a helicopter drone involves attention to weight, strength, and vibration.
Machines Can’t Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the world’s problems.
Teardown: Is HP's Z820 Too Good to Be True?
Blog 
3/4/2014  10 comments
HP's flagship workstation is called super upgradeable, and touts "tool-free serviceability." Join us to see if this machine is too good to be true, or just what the doctor ordered!
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
STEM Connection 
3/4/2014  19 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Plastic Bearings Are Real & igus Is Proving It on a World Tour
Engineering Materials 
3/3/2014  15 comments
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.




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