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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in July 2011
How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
Wolfe's Den 
7/29/2011  123 comments
Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
Crumbled Plastic Intake Manifold Strands Motorist
Made by Monkeys 
7/25/2011  12 comments
The monkeys came out when Ford engineers were designing the company's 4.6-liter engines.
3D Printer Kit Ordering Woes
Blog 
7/21/2011  6 comments
Guest blogger and additive manufacturing maven Todd Grimm describes the sometimes frustrating process of ordering a kit to produce three-dimensional parts from common plastics.
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2011  7 comments
Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
Gates Tags Toilet as Top Tech Challenge
Wolfe's Den 
7/20/2011  10 comments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging the engineering community to develop innovative toilets that can neutralize or extract energy from human waste.
Looking for the Inside Story on Injection Molding?
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2011  3 comments
Plasticstoday.com is holding a virtual event on plastics molding technology September 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News July Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
7/15/2011  6 comments
Design News's July issue is available in digital form, as an online e-magazine or a downloadable pdf.
Cancer-Fighting Device Is Tough to Swallow
Guest Blogs 
7/15/2011  10 comments
A self-propelled, remote-controlled capsule endoscope developed jointly by two Japanese institutions allows scanning of the entire digestive tract for signs of cancer and other ailments.
Alcoa Makes DFMA Case for Aluminum's Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2011  12 comments
A team at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh analyzed several tools and chose DFMA as a way to prove that aluminum is a better sustainability option than other materials for select applications.
Let's Make Plastics From Our Southern Scourge
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2011  8 comments
It's time to get creative about the feedstocks we want to use as a replacement for oil and natural gas.
EU Updates Hazardous Substances Guidelines
Lead-Free Zone 
7/11/2011  6 comments
The European Union has published a revised RoHS that casts a wider net and offers fewer exemptions.
Outsmarting the Appliance Monkey
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2011  13 comments
One way to outsmart the monkeys is to use the trouble-shooting guide that may be hidden in your appliance.
Die-Cast Decks Are Coming to a Backyard Near You
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2011  22 comments
Decks made of "maintenance-free" cast and extruded aluminum shapes will challenge wood and plastic composite materials.
Micro Parts Aren't Just Tiny -- They're Top Secret
Engineering Materials 
7/7/2011  5 comments
Only a handful of companies are actively producing micro-molded components in the United States, and they aren't your usual suspects.
Join the Maker Revolution
Guest Blogs 
7/6/2011  3 comments
Guest blogger Todd Grimm is buying a kit to make a 3-D printer, and will share his experiences with readers interested in this red hot trend.
Outsourcing Bridges Is a Crazy Idea
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2011  13 comments
Construction workers in Shanghai are making a replacement bridge for the 2.2-mile span that was damaged in the 1989 Bay Area earthquake.
It's Time for a Straight Pitch on Green Polymers
Blog 
7/5/2011  5 comments
A feedstock shortage pushed Arkema to develop a renewable feedstock for Plexiglas acrylic, but the pitch is all about saving the world.




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