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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in June 2014
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Here’s a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Storage Technique Brings Plastic Computers 1 Step Closer
Blog 
6/30/2014  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a way to convert digital signals into optical ones with low energy cost.
Gears in Motion Control Systems
Guest Blogs 
6/30/2014  17 comments
It seems that gears have been around forever -- what could be new?
Slideshow: Tokyo Museum Features Eerily Human Robot Guides
Blog 
6/27/2014  63 comments
The Japanese have long been early adopters of robots and are generally more comfortable with human-robot interaction than people in many other countries, including the US.
The $250 3D Printer & Custom Cookie Cutter
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/27/2014  16 comments
The MOD-t 3D printer, from New Matter, is a low-cost printer that is easy to use and one of the cheapest yet. Cookie Caster lets a user design his or her own cookie cutters and have them made. It's the cloud at work!
Consumer-Grade 3D-Printable Metal Casting Resin
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2014  12 comments
MadeSolid is offering a 3D-printable casting resin for making small metal parts for things like jewelry. It costs a lot less than previous alternatives and can be used with multiple consumer-grade printers -- an industry first.
10 Views of Big Data
Blog 
6/25/2014  20 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  11 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2014  8 comments
Autodesk Spark brings the company to the 3D printer table with a resin-based system of its own.
15 Steps to Becoming a Mechanical Engineer
STEM Connection 
6/23/2014  25 comments
Here are 15 steps you must take in order to become a mechanical engineer. Some are easy, some are very difficult, but all of them can be fun.
Use CFD to Design an Environmentally Friendly Car
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2014  2 comments
The use of CFD is more profound in automobile design because of the diverse physics involved. It can be used to optimize components for downsizing and reducing the environmental footprint while maintaining or improving operational efficiency.
Bearacade Aimed at Securing Classrooms
Blog 
6/23/2014  27 comments
An Ohio startup, National School Control Systems, has invented a device that can barricade a door quickly from the inside to prevent a gunman from entering.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2014  5 comments
igus is offering its tribological, integrated lubricant polymer in a filament for 3D-printing custom bearings, bushings, and prototypes. The Tribo-Filament is compatible with any filament fusion printer that has a heated nozzle and print bed, and uses ABS filaments.
A Fluid-Powered Design From the Educational Ranks
STEM Connection 
6/20/2014  1 comment
Editor’s note: We are encouraging students to let us know about some of the innovative projects they’re working on. Here’s one example.
Views of a Wearable Future
Blog 
6/19/2014  10 comments
Intel plans a hard push toward wearable tech and Samsung is already on the campaign.
Entering the Auto Part Abyss
Made by Monkeys 
6/18/2014  30 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination
STEM Connection 
6/17/2014  5 comments
The robotic building kit is aimed at children four to seven years old, with a goal of instilling in children an interest and affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with a varied way of teaching.
Dassault Expands Portfolio With Biovia
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/17/2014  3 comments
Dassault Systèmes launches Biovia to expand its bio materials and drug portfolio. Material simulation is the key.
Best Gadget Wins Big Money
Gadget Freak 
6/16/2014  3 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000.
Automotive Lightweighting Groups Get Serious
Engineering Materials 
6/16/2014  7 comments
Industry trade groups, materials manufacturers, and software companies are getting serious about helping automotive manufacturers with vehicle lightweighting. This spring, four different consortia and partnerships were formed.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge
Blog 
6/13/2014  3 comments
Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design will inspire the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle that will be printed at IMTS, in Chicago, in September.
Ford & Heinz Test Tomato-Based Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2014  13 comments
Ford and Heinz are testing bioplastics that use waste tomato fiber. Researchers have made some composites and are evaluating their properties, with the goal of making a strong, lightweight composite that can be used in a car's non-structural components.
10 Uses for Drones That Could Change Your Opinion of Them
Blog 
6/12/2014  52 comments
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
Climb Glass Walls Like a Gecko With DARPA Tech
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2014  8 comments
For the first time ever, a human has scaled a glass wall using an adhesive inspired by gecko feet. The DARPA-funded research that developed the polymer microstructure technology on handheld paddles is part of the agency's Z-Man program to help soldiers in urban environments.
Video: Intel Joins Robotic Revolution
Blog 
6/11/2014  3 comments
Chip maker and tech giant Intel is the latest company to jump on board with plans in the next few months to sell a design-your-own robot kit that will allow people to develop an interactive, humanoid robot.
10 Robots You Don't Want to Mess With
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2014  76 comments
Our current crop of military robots includes small, tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), more specialized types like large autonomous vehicles, and both large and small winged robots, one carrying its own fuel cell.
Smart Tires Alert Drivers of Dangerous Wear
Blog 
6/9/2014  16 comments
Continental is poised to roll into the market with smart tires that use sensors to deduce rotation characteristics, pressure, and tread wear.
Memory Polymers Are Stronger, Cheaper & Recyclable
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2014  7 comments
Stronger, lighter, cheaper, self-healing, and recyclable, too? IBM says they're all true about its new family of industrial thermoset polymers.
3D Print Plastic & Electronics in One Pass
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2014  4 comments
Stanford University grad students have developed open-source technology that 3D prints conductive traces and plastic in one pass. Their startup is selling a liquid syringe extruder that plugs into a filament fusion printer, a plug-in replacement dual extruder, and a dual-extrusion 3D printer.
10 Teens Who Are Out to Change the World
STEM Connection 
6/3/2014  29 comments
Some of the most innovative designs these days are coming from the minds of teenagers, a fact that shows a lot of promise for the next generation of engineers.
Lockheed & RedEye Team to 3D-Print Rocket Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
6/2/2014  21 comments
Lockheed Martin and RedEye have 3D-printed two huge rocket fuel tank prototypes, the biggest of which is 6.75 ft. long. The project took much less time than traditional manufacturing methods, at about half the cost.




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