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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in June 2013
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
Blog 
6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
The Microwave Door Refused to Open
Made by Monkeys 
6/27/2013  85 comments
The material to support the microwave's latch was not sufficient. Consequently, the latch failed.
DuPont Lightens Up
Engineering Materials 
6/27/2013  30 comments
DuPont has been working with auto manufacturers to refine some of its high-performance engineering plastics, and even invent new ones. It's all being done in the name of lightweighting vehicles and improving performance.
Metals 3D Printer Gets a Smaller Footprint
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2013  42 comments
Optomec has downsized its highly sophisticated 3D printing process for metals and made it available in a smaller machine -- the new 450.
Clothespin Pulls Double Duty as Alligator Clip
Sherlock Ohms 
6/25/2013  18 comments
When it comes to sophisticated test equipment, sometimes a clothespin can take you to a new level of accuracy and usefulness.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2013  16 comments
UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Can’t Get a Good Fix on the Dryer
Made by Monkeys 
6/20/2013  21 comments
If the dryer weren't so poorly designed, it would be easier to fix the design problems.
Don’t Knock the LED Candle Over
Made by Monkeys 
6/19/2013  30 comments
When an artificial product is manufactured to match its real-world version, some qualities should be reviewed and discarded.
Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2013  20 comments
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
Design News Radio: Smart Machines Make the Grade for Control Applications
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
Design News's latest radio show explores the benefits – and tradeoffs – of smart machines.
Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion in Tests
Blog 
6/17/2013  44 comments
A new battery design, which replaces lithium with abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur, is still in its nascent stages but shows real promise for giving batteries more energy potential.
Sparks Fly Over Bad Oven Design
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2013  30 comments
The schematic told the truth about a bad over wiring design.
Bulging Capacitors & Thoughtless Design
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2013  23 comments
A failed capacitor is one thing, but finding out it failed because of thoughtless design requires the investigative powers of Sherlock Ohms.
100-Percent Solar Plane Flies High on Advanced Materials
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2013  18 comments
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
Culture Changes Drive Auto Design
Blog 
6/13/2013  30 comments
Siemens PLM has pointed to climate change, urbanization, and the aging population as its guidelines in automotive design decisions.
The Range Had a Shocking Design Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
6/12/2013  52 comments
The brand new range came with a design flaw that delivered a nearly 100 percent chance of failure.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2013  12 comments
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
2 Strikes & the Dishwasher’s Not Out
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2013  16 comments
There are two dumb design mistakes associated with this dishwasher, and yet it still works fine.
Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing – Here Comes DIY Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2013  37 comments
A $1,500, hand-operated, bench-model, plastic injection machine crowdsource-funded via Kickstarter can be used to mold small, quality, plastic parts inexpensively, on demand.
3D Printing With Sugar
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/5/2013  43 comments
A California-based couple has found a way to use a 3D printer and granulated sugar to make intricate, edible geometrical decorations.
ZAP! Another ESD Casualty
Made by Monkeys 
6/5/2013  32 comments
Watch out for the ESD -- it's electrifying.
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2013  31 comments
The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.
Researchers Poke Holes in Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency
Blog 
6/3/2013  12 comments
The method, called “dark solar,” has been developed by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it enables the cells to reflect only 2 percent of the sunlight that reaches them.
Misconceptions About 3D Printing
Blog 
6/3/2013  18 comments
Brand director Rich Nass moderated a recent radio show on 3D printing. Bottom line -- the technology is here for the long haul.




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