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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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