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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in July 2012
3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 
7/31/2012  8 comments
A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Robot Servo Errors Were Only Human
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2012  14 comments
Many things can go wrong with the robot welders, but all of those problems come from the humans.
Cars Could Lose Weight With Green Cavity Foam
Engineering Materials 
7/30/2012  18 comments
A renewable version of Dow Automotive Systems' polyurethane cavity sealing Betafoam system will help cars cut weight and noise.
Aircraft Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2012  16 comments
Engineers have a broader choice of metals and plastics to help lighten the load and beef up the strength of commercial aircraft designs.
You Asked & We Delivered: an iPad App
Blog 
7/24/2012  4 comments
Readers have been asking us for some time now to produce an iPad app for Design News, and now that the app is available.
Crack Fix for Pesky Oven Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
7/24/2012  26 comments
The bulbs on this otherwise great dual cooker caused quite a problem when they needed to be changed.
Design Decisions: Quick Coupler Factors
Guest Blogs 
7/23/2012  7 comments
To choose the right connector for the job, it is essential to understand how the environment can affect them.
Plastics Deliver Massive Weight Savings for UPS
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2012  33 comments
After a year-long pilot program, UPS plans to shift to composites and other plastics for many of the structural components in its brown delivery trucks.
Loose Screw Sends Power Wagon Racing
Made by Monkeys 
7/19/2012  24 comments
One loose screw and the power wagon has a mind of its own, accelerating by itself.
My Opinion on Multidisciplinary Design
Blog 
7/19/2012  11 comments
Designers of various applications are all converging and operating on a project simultaneously, but what is the next phase?
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2012  9 comments
Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
Engineers: Have You Ever Burned Off Your Fingertip?
Blog 
7/18/2012  25 comments
We want to hear about your engineering disasters. After all, what good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
The Satellite Station Had a Screw Loose
Sherlock Ohms 
7/18/2012  10 comments
One missing gasket can make the difference between success and failure for a satellite earth station.
DuPont Invests in Juno Spacecraft Composite Company
Engineering Materials 
7/17/2012  3 comments
DuPont has invested in a company that makes a carbon nanotube-based composite ESD protection material flying to Jupiter on the Juno spacecraft.
Solar Cells Printed on Aluminum Foil Cost Less
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2012  17 comments
Nanosolar's thin-film solar technology, which prints metallic, nanoparticle inks on huge rolls of aluminum foil, promises to be more efficient and cost less than alternate thin-film methods.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 
7/13/2012  15 comments
An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2012  15 comments
New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots
Blog 
7/12/2012  23 comments
The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.
Mechanical Switches Solve Sprinkler Control Problem
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2012  21 comments
Simple mechanical switches triumphed over an overly complicated "simple" user interface.
How Do You Educate Yourself?
Blog 
7/10/2012  17 comments
We asked our LinkedIn group, "How do you learn about new engineering technologies?"
Case of the Strange Antenna Patterns
Sherlock Ohms 
7/10/2012  17 comments
When the plastic stand was replaced by a wooden stand during the testing of an antenna, everything went wrong.
Slideshow: Electronics Beef Up Auto Safety
Blog 
7/9/2012  19 comments
From airbags and vision systems to communications and safety cages, we present a few of the latest and greatest advances in auto safety.
Pegasus XL Launch Rocket Flies on Composites
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2012  13 comments
A Pegasus XL air-launched rocket, and the NASA X-ray observatory satellite it has just sent into space, are both made partly from carbon composites.
Bioplastic Packaging Is Cheaper Than Cardboard
Engineering Materials 
7/5/2012  30 comments
Although bioplastic shipping containers may cost more per unit, they can be cheaper overall since they're reusable and can be recycled back into the supply chain in a closed-loop/reverse logistics setup.
Missing Magnet Revives Washing Machine
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2012  35 comments
A critical magnet -- that was not even indicated in the user manual to be part of the washer -- was missing.
There's a Heater in the Freezer
Made by Monkeys 
7/3/2012  31 comments
Design News' own Richard Nass recently ran into a problem with his refrigerator, leading him to believe it was made by monkeys.
Petroski on Engineering: Checklists & Design
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2012  21 comments
A properly devised checklist for design could prevent mistakes from being made.
Salt Container May Raise Your Blood Pressure
Made by Monkeys 
7/2/2012  28 comments
Flaws in the plastic injection molding process made the popcorn salt a mess.
Composite Ferry Pontoon Floats in Australia
Engineering Materials 
7/2/2012  19 comments
The first all-composite floating ferry pontoon has been installed at Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia.




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