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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in April 2012
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 4
Blog 
4/30/2012  28 comments
Focusing flux in 3-D can deliver rare earth size and performance from ferrite materials.
Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Automotive Lightweighting Funding Renewed by White House
Engineering Materials 
4/26/2012  19 comments
The White House has approved $14.2 million of new Department of Energy funding to promote the development of stronger, lighter composites and metals for cars.
Slideshow: NPE Plastics Conference Showcases Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2012  14 comments
NPE2012 highlighted many sustainable plastics, some of which are recyclable at the end-product stage, some that are made of recycled materials, and some that are constructed of bio-materials.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2012  10 comments
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
Blog 
4/20/2012  69 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
Missing Bearing Breaks Garage Door Opener
Made by Monkeys 
4/20/2012  25 comments
What happens when the bearings are missing from the design of your garage door opener? You get a new one.
Recycled Bottles Used for Heavy Truck Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2012  21 comments
Recycled plastic bottles have become a PBT resin used to make the brackets of the side air deflection system in heavy trucks.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 3
Blog 
4/10/2012  21 comments
Nanoscale structures and alternative materials promise to provide the magnets of the future.
Will STEM Support Stoke Tech Future?
STEM Connection 
4/5/2012  46 comments
Our LinkedIn Systems & Product Design Engineering group is considering government support for STEM education.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Silicone Adhesive
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2012  6 comments
Silicone adhesives deliver flexibility and high-temperature resistance in demanding applications.
Petroski on Engineering: Anticipating Failure for Successful Design
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2012  32 comments
Failures can provide lessons and wisdom in a newly proposed design, plan, or policy.
China Teams With Boeing to Increase Aircraft Production
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2012  26 comments
China is becoming much more involved in the production of commercial aircraft, including new aluminum alloys for use in large planes, such as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.




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