Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in June 2012
Lawnmower Twisted Its Drive Belt Useless
Made by Monkeys 
6/28/2012  31 comments
The drive belt twisted itself useless after only seven hours of use. The owner then stepped in with a fix of his own.
Cord Configuration Leaves Hair All Wet
Made by Monkeys 
6/25/2012  8 comments
The hair dryer kept failing due to a poorly assembled cord.
Plastic Components Couldn't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
6/22/2012  29 comments
The brake lights failed because the Audi couldn't take the heat.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2012  37 comments
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Video: Bukobot Advances Open-Source 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/19/2012  6 comments
The Bukobot open-source 3D printer aims for easier assembly and scalability, offering hobbyists and engineers a low-cost framework for getting started with 3D printing.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Gets Green Light for Powered Tests
6/14/2012  13 comments
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship, made primarily of carbon composites, has gotten an FAA experimental launch permit for rocket-powered, suborbital test flights.
Washing Machine Can Keep the Change
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2012  31 comments
You have to dismantle this washing machine just to clean out the coin catch.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
West Wind Tilts Radio Antenna Out of Range
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2012  26 comments
The radio signal was not reaching those to the west of the antenna tower. A tilting antenna told the story.
Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Display Glass
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2012  15 comments
Corning says its 100-micron Willow Glass is the first display material that can be made in high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing processes for consumer electronics.
3D Printing Adds a New Dimension to Product Design
6/11/2012  12 comments
3D printing is in the spotlight. Learn more about this technology during Design News' radio show.
Determined Homeowner Gets Coin Catcher Clean
Made by Monkeys 
6/7/2012  36 comments
The washer came with a coin trap. Great idea if you can get to the coin trap to clean it out.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  17 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.
What's in Store for 2H12?
6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.

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Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
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