Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in June 2011
Engineers Need to Think More Creatively
6/30/2011  9 comments
German engineer Sylvia Monsheimer says that additive manufacturing technologies free engineers from the burden of worrying about manufacturability.
Give Automotive Composites Another Chance
Guest Blogs 
6/28/2011  11 comments
Composites dramatically reduce weight in cars, but they face many problems, ranging from design inertia to lack of understanding of the processing technology.
Finally We Get Some Truth on Plastic Body Panels
6/28/2011  11 comments
Automotive legend Bob Lutz divulges why he ditched plastic body panels in the General Motors Saturn.
What Are Asian Designers Thinking of Now?
Guest Blogs 
6/27/2011  6 comments
Add the first after-lunch sonic toothbrush to the design diversity coming out of Asia.
Award-Winning Packages Feature Pulp, Cloth
6/27/2011  6 comments
Bulrush fibers and mushrooms are among the emerging materials of choice for America's leading package designers.
Monkeys Made the Rain Trough on My Van
Made by Monkeys 
6/24/2011  5 comments
Monkeys made the rain trough on the '96 Chrysler Town and Country. When the drain gets plugged with debris, the water spills into the vehicle – after passing over something that makes it boiling hot.
The Dreamliner: It Was Too Big To Fail
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2011  5 comments

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