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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in April 2013
Charting the Failure History of a Bolt
Sherlock Ohms 
4/30/2013  11 comments
When a bolt fails, it might be best to look at the failure history of the bolt in its setting.
Aircraft Engine Maker Opens Additive Manufacturing Lab
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2013  9 comments
Pratt & Whitney has funded an additive manufacturing center at the University of Connecticut to advance R&D for AM processes that produce metals.
Video Blog: We May Be Geeks, but We Control the World
Blog 
4/29/2013  18 comments
People who attend technical conferences like Design West are often mistakenly labeled as geeks. Do you even know what the real meaning of a geek is? Check out my video blog and I'll fill you in.
The Case of the Failed Leading Edges
Sherlock Ohms 
4/26/2013  6 comments
Be careful how materials are accepted and rejected. It may not make any sense.
Quick Fix for Ever-Popping Pole Saw
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2013  11 comments
Was this saw designed poorly, or was the problem operator error?
Combating Shock & Vibration Is About More Than Cost
Guest Blogs 
4/25/2013  9 comments
People don't always consider the benefits of wire rope isolators.
The Social Network for 3D Printers
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/24/2013  25 comments
Makexyz is the place where people can offer their 3D printer for other people to use.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  57 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
Researchers Use DVD Burner to Fabricate Microcapacitors
Blog 
4/24/2013  4 comments
UCLA researchers have designed a new way to fabricate microcapacitors that could provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to provide energy sources for micro devices that charge 100 to 1,000 times faster than standard batteries.
Video: Danfoss Designs Fabric That Harvests Energy From Athletes
Blog 
4/23/2013  11 comments
“Stretch sensors” can harvest the energy generated when someone engages in exercise or a sporting activity. The energy powers sensors in the fabric to provide people with information about their movement to a wireless device.
These Jumper Cables Won't Get the Car Started
Made by Monkeys 
4/23/2013  28 comments
The jumper cables just didn't have the substance to get the job done.
Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
Blog 
4/22/2013  38 comments
Energy-harvesting tiles from Pavegen store energy to be used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas.
Can a Robot Bend a Part?
Sherlock Ohms 
4/19/2013  14 comments
Can a robot bend parts? It depends on how dirty the die gets.
Engineering Creativity Peaks in Kindergarten
STEM Connection 
4/19/2013  25 comments
As engineers, we’re not nearly as creative as we think we are.
Webinar Walks Through the 'Rules' of Injection Molding
Blog 
4/18/2013  5 comments
Proto Labs is hosting a short webcast on April 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET to identify four different methods of obtaining injection-molded parts.
Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2013  37 comments
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, has the potential to upend manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Rain Knocks Mower Out of Service
Made by Monkeys 
4/17/2013  32 comments
When you can't get replacement parts, an $8,000 lawn mower becomes nothing more than a lawn ornament.
Corn, Wheat & Rice Trash Make Concrete Stronger
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2013  24 comments
Kansas State University civil engineers have used the waste products of biofuels to make a stronger cement, a major ingredient of concrete, that also gives concrete a smaller carbon footprint.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2013  19 comments
Apparently the 2003 Saturn Vue has some interconnections between sensors that depend upon the integrity of the radio ground strap for proper operation of the engine and transmission control computers.
Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
This year's New York International Auto Show featured a mix of cars ranging from electric vehicles designed for urban environments to super cars with price tags over half a million dollars.
Dutch Architect Plans to 3D Print a Building
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/10/2013  35 comments
Using stereolithography, designers plan to 3D print buildings around the world at about $6 million a pop.
Researchers Develop Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees
Blog 
4/10/2013  13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a way to use a natural material in trees to develop solar cells that pave the way for recyclable, sustainable, and renewable solar-cell technology.
Used Cooking Oil Powers Transatlantic Flights
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2013  30 comments
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has begun weekly transatlantic flights from New York to Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil.
Slideshow: Composites Go to the Arctic
Engineering Materials 
4/8/2013  19 comments
Extreme athletes are skiing across the Arctic on an expedition to the far north of a Norwegian island, depending for survival on their wits and two custom-designed sleds that incorporate carbon composites and ultra-high molecular weight linear polyethylene.
Design Decisions: A Comparison of 3 Different Ball-Bearing Materials
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2013  3 comments
Every manufacturer offers its own versions of ball bearings with varying features. Which one is right for you?
We Just Can't Get a Handle on This Pan
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2013  48 comments
The same size handle is being used on all sizes of pans in this Jamie Oliver collection from Tefal. Will the monkey who designed this please step forward?
Slideshow: Smallest Dental Labs Get 3D-Printed Models
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2013  32 comments
A new 3D printer from Stratasys is making digital production of models for crowns, bridges, retainers, and other dental devices affordable for the smallest labs.
Printer Wars: See Who Emerged Victorious
Made by Monkeys 
4/5/2013  36 comments
The HP printer came to the end of its useful life because it could not keep up with technology. The Epson machine was just plain greedy with its ink.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Report: 2013 Will Make or Break Alternative Fuels
Engineering Materials 
4/4/2013  36 comments
This will be the year that makes or breaks alternative fuel technologies in North America, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2013  33 comments
The line between materials and machines will blur when modular, self-reconfigurable robots and self-assembling engineered DNA bricks change the rules of product manufacturing.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw
Made by Monkeys 
4/2/2013  15 comments
A simple soldering problem kept a 13-year-old boy from enjoying the three-channel, radio-controlled helicopter he received for Christmas.
Owens Corning Joins BASF, TenCate to Fast-Track Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Owens Corning has joined an alliance between BASF and TenCate to develop continuous glass fiber composites for high-volume auto manufacturing.
Video Blog: Media Day at the NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/1/2013  5 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass attended the New York International Auto Show recently. Here's what he has to say about it.
Excelling in Shades-of-Grey Real World
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  5 comments
Grey-box modeling combines the physical and empirical to solve problems.




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