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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in May 2013
Slideshow: Anatomy of a Composite-Heavy Jetliner
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2013  21 comments
The airframe of Airbus's A350 XWB consists of a bigger proportion of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite structures than any other commercial jet to date: over 53 percent by weight.
Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Methane Hydrate Deposits
Blog 
5/31/2013  15 comments
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been on a focused mission to supplant their nuclear energy with safer alternatives (more like, non-radioactive alternatives).
Straw Lampshade-Like Cover Turns Skyscraper Into Energy Harvester
Blog 
5/30/2013  31 comments
Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
Slideshow: An Engineer Goes to Congress
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2013  24 comments
Many engineers often comment that Congress would make better decisions if it included more engineers. What they didn't know...
Bioplastic's Algae Content Raised to 51% for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
5/29/2013  19 comments
Bioplastic manufacturing leader Cereplast has increased the post-industrial biomatter content of its second injection-molding grade of algae-based resin to 51%.
Are Your Valves Leaking?
Blog 
5/28/2013  7 comments
Here's a seminar that goes into the details of spec'ing the right valve for the right operation.
NASA Tests Biofuel, Reports Reduced Emissions
Engineering Materials 
5/28/2013  7 comments
Initial reports from NASA's first round of flight tests of a jet biofuel based on camelina plants show fewer emissions than from conventional jet fuel.
TEK Scope Fixes Itself
Made by Monkeys 
5/27/2013  14 comments
When your lab is only one scope, one meter, and one homebrew function generator and power supply, the scope is stage center. But this one wasn't working right.
Slideshow: Brilliant Gadgets From the Hands of the Young
Gadget Freak 
5/24/2013  31 comments
We see Gadget Freak projects from all walks of life, but many of our most imaginative gadgets are created by budding engineers.
3D Printing Round-Up: Innovative Medical Field & Space Exploration Pursuits
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/23/2013  16 comments
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
Slideshow: Composites Help Disintegrate Spacecraft Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
5/22/2013  9 comments
Carbon fiber composites are being used in a satellite fuel tank designed to burn up on re-entry.
Video: Doodle3D Prints Designs From 2D Drawings
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/21/2013  6 comments
Doodle3D brings your 2D sketches to life.
Researchers Improve Potential for Lithium-Air Batteries
Blog 
5/21/2013  2 comments
Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Labs have observed a reaction in lithium-air batteries that could help improve the design of these cells for electric vehicles and other applications.
Video: 'A Boy & His Atom'
Blog 
5/20/2013  7 comments
Watch IBM's atomic scale stop motion film about, you guessed it, a boy and his atom.
Fuse Holder Mismatched to Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2013  17 comments
If the fuse and fuse holder don't match up right, hefty repair bills might follow.
Video: Worm Hooks Inspire Better Bandages
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2013  16 comments
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
8 Ways to Design End-of-Life Into Your Products
Guest Blogs 
5/16/2013  17 comments
An analysis of what’s needed to implement Design for Disassembly and Design for Recycling results in eight strategies engineers can use to design an intentional end-of-life stage into their products.
Harvard, MIT Researchers Design 3D Printed, Self-Assembling Robots
Blog 
5/16/2013  10 comments
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have designed a 3D printed robot that crawls like an inchworm and can self-assemble with an electric jolt.
Video: Seahorse Armor Inspires Robot Design
Engineering Materials 
5/16/2013  5 comments
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are designing a robotic arm that takes inspiration from the loose, flexible, yet very strong structure of the armored plates on a seahorse's tail.
The Messed Up RF Generator
Made by Monkeys 
5/15/2013  9 comments
After the Monkeys messed with the RF generator, it was a puzzle to get it right.
Datacenter Security: Is Protection at the Building & Room Enough?
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2013  3 comments
Government regulations, coupled with growing consumer sensitivity about data and identity theft, require that data storage organizations demonstrate proper protection and due diligence in protecting sensitive information stored inside datacenter enclosures.
Slideshow: How 3D Printed Body Parts Are Changing Medicine
Blog 
5/13/2013  25 comments
3D printing is making it cheaper and easier to make artificial body parts from live tissue and synthetic materials.
How to Make Light Go Faster
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2013  21 comments
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
SME Rapid Conference Hosts 3D Printing Art Gallery
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/10/2013  24 comments
The SME Rapid Conference has invited 3D printing artists to submit their artwork to be displayed at this year’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
Green Power Breaks Records in the West
Engineering Materials 
5/10/2013  74 comments
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
The Case of the Cantankerous Battery Cells
Sherlock Ohms 
5/10/2013  7 comments
At the battery factory, a number of things can go wrong, from lousy suppliers to oddball crimping.
The Membrane Keys Messed With the Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2013  41 comments
Watch out for membrane key cables that won't do their job.
Video: Get Creative With the World's First 3D Pen
Blog 
5/9/2013  21 comments
Coining itself as the most affordable way to 3D print, the 3Doodler pushes out heated plastic that quickly cools to create different shapes and objects.
Video Blog: Life-Changing Inventions & the Big Bucks
Blog 
5/8/2013  14 comments
DN brand director Rich Nass picks two important topics for his weekly video blog -- engineering starting salaries and the 20th anniversary of the Internet.
Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar
Engineering Materials 
5/7/2013  21 comments
The latest model of Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider autonomous, unmanned marine vehicle (UMV), the SV3, is reportedly the world's first hybrid wave- and solar-power-propelled unmanned ocean robot.
Altered Design Hampers Transmitters
Sherlock Ohms 
5/7/2013  10 comments
The cooling system on the space transmitters ran into problems from metallic goo. Someone improvised a mess.
My Opinion on Energy Efficiency: It's Universal
Blog 
5/6/2013  7 comments
The Hanover Fair was eye-opening for lots of reasons, including the difference in German trade show culture vs. that seen in US trade shows.
Slideshow: Architects Make Curves With Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
5/3/2013  47 comments
Composites are helping architects make highly unusual curved and freeform shapes in large buildings in the Middle East.
Design Decisions: Implementing Adsorbent Technology
Guest Blogs 
5/2/2013  5 comments
It is important to take the necessary precautions when handling, storing, or transporting used or broken lamps to protect against any potential harm from released mercury vapor.
Stretchable Lithium-Ion Battery Could Power Athletes & Patients
Blog 
5/1/2013  22 comments
A lithium-ion battery from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University stretches up to three times its normal size.
A Decent 5mL Pipettor Was a Pipe Dream
Made by Monkeys 
5/1/2013  7 comments
The 1mL pipettors were a hassle to use, but just wait until you see the problems with the 5mL versions.




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