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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in July 2013
NASA 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Is Ready
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2013  13 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne created a 3D-printed rocket engine using fused deposition modeling and stereolithography.
Slideshow: Ford Steps Up Sustainable Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/30/2013  11 comments
Already ahead of the curve in using renewable and sustainable materials, Ford is stepping up its use of recycled, biobased, and recyclable materials in components throughout the car.
NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Part
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2013  28 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed hot-fire tests on a rocket injector assembly made with a selective laser melting 3D printing process and powdered metals.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Multi-Material Audio Speakers
Blog 
7/26/2013  17 comments
A New Zealand designer has 3D-printed a speaker for his home audio system made with the multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing system from Stratasys.
Unlimited Lifetime Data Storage Using Nanostructured Glass
Blog 
7/24/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Southampton have created a glass storage disk that holds an unprecedented capacity of 360 terabytes.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
Blog 
7/23/2013  57 comments
Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
Video: Purdue Researchers Develop Hands-On 3D Digital Modeling Tool
Blog 
7/22/2013  16 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have created a hands-on design tool that interprets gestures and movements, thus enabling designers to create and modify 3D shapes with their hands.
Small Hinge Hampers Maytag
Made by Monkeys 
7/22/2013  45 comments
A poorly designed hinge corroded early, sidelining a Maytag washer/dryer.
edX Offers Free Online Courses
Blog 
7/22/2013  6 comments
In an effort to help those all over the globe further their education, MIT and Harvard University created a non-profit organization called edX.
Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing
Blog 
7/22/2013  15 comments
Clothing is about to get smarter thanks to a new yarn developed by researchers in Australia that can conduct and store electricity, and can be used to create fabric with its own built-in power source.
eBay Unveils 3D Printing App
Blog 
7/19/2013  12 comments
eBay Exact is eBayís venture into the world of 3D printing. The site has teamed with Makerbot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pot Factory to make it happen.
Preflight Inspection Averted Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
7/17/2013  63 comments
The vacuum in the plane's gas tank was suspicious. Sure enough, there was a potentially devastating fuel line blockage.
Favorable Economics & Strong Design Boost American Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
7/17/2013  5 comments
After years of off-shoring their manufacturing operations, companies are bringing long-shuttered US factories back to life.
Slideshow: Plastic Can Protect Astronauts
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2013  26 comments
A thermoplastic material invented to simulate human tissue may be powerful enough to shield astronauts against radiation in space, which is no mean feat.
Learn 3D Printing Technology at a College Near You
Blog 
7/15/2013  12 comments
NYU now offers a course on 3D printing, which results in students receiving a certificate.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
Blog 
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  33 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
Researchers Extract Plant Material for Use in Solar-Energy Harvesting
Blog 
7/11/2013  15 comments
University of Georgia researchers have developed a way to interrupt plant photosynthesis so material from them can be used to harvest solar energy.
Your Aluminum Extrusion Questions Answered
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2013  3 comments
During the successful AEC webinar, "Itís About the SHAPE: Designing with Aluminum Extrusions," hosted by Design News, there were a number of great questions that we didnít have time to answer.
Video: Wood Fiber Used to Create Organic Nanobattery
Blog 
7/10/2013  9 comments
The National Science Foundation is supporting the work of University of Maryland grad students to develop a sodium-ion battery that uses wood as its base and whose components are thinner than a piece of paper.
Dipstick Messes With the Distributor
Made by Monkeys 
7/10/2013  32 comments
With the dipstick out of place, the car was performing in a very odd manner.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Running the Robot to Ruin
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2013  22 comments
When the robot's speed was increased to improve production, it was set on a collision course for disaster.
Algae-Based Biofuel Goes Commercial-Scale
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2013  8 comments
In a major move forward for algae-based biofuel, US feedstock producer Cellana has inked a multi-year deal for commercial-scale quantities with Finnish company Neste Oil, one of the world's biggest renewable diesel producers.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
NASA Builds 3D Printer for Space
Engineering Materials 
7/3/2013  30 comments
After nearly two years of R&D and testing several different commercial 3D printers in zero gravity, NASA has partnered with Made in Space to develop a 3D printer.
Leaking Gas Fueled the Car
Made by Monkeys 
7/3/2013  40 comments
When the fuel line started to leak, the leaking fuel kept the car running.
Building Out the Internet of Things With Printed Electronic Smart Labels
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  16 comments
Printed Smart Labels of various sorts can be envisioned for a wide range of products and use cases that weren't feasible before.
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: Itís a Good Thing
Blog 
7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2013  16 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.
Design News Radio: Get High-Quality Injection-Molded Parts Faster
Blog 
7/1/2013  9 comments
Plastic injection-molded parts can be designed by following some basic rules. It's also possible to get the parts you want in less time than you expected. A lot depends on the process you choose.




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