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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in August 2011
Bad Service Prompts Low-Tech Purchase
Made by Monkeys 
8/30/2011  20 comments
After suffering repeated repairs on a new washing machine, this customer sought out a low-tech replacement.
Ahhaproject Designs Bridge Function & Aesthetics
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2011  8 comments
Korean-based design firm Ahhaproject is creating innovative product designs for Electrolux and others.
The Case of the Missing Tee Piece
Sherlock Ohms 
8/29/2011  6 comments
Sometimes what you're seeking is right under your nose -- or maybe another body part.
Hidden Hose Stymies Homeowner
Made by Monkeys 
8/26/2011  21 comments
Yet another story of a fridge with a monkey'd up water and ice dispenser.
Thin Films Could Boost Car Battery of Future
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2011  8 comments
University of Illinois professor Paul Braun has developed a battery structure that offers high power without sacrificing energy.
If It Isn't Broken, Don't Replace It
Made by Monkeys 
8/17/2011  15 comments
The engineering on new appliances seems to be more monkey-prone than the engineering on older ones.
An Unexpected Failure Mechanism
Mechatronics Zone 
8/17/2011  20 comments
The most solid part of a device can fail even though we test it thoroughly and don't expect it to fail over the life of a product.
Weak Springs Cause Power Steering Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/15/2011  17 comments
Three months after my girlfriend’s daughter purchased a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with 45,000 miles in 2009, per our recommendation, the power steering stopped working, intermittently.
Shape-Shifting Materials Are Packages of Future
Wolfe's Den 
8/15/2011  14 comments
Intel is developing transparent silicon dioxide hemispheres that can shift their shapes under control of electric currents.
The Case of the Missing Machines
Sherlock Ohms 
8/11/2011  7 comments
Sometimes the requirements of a large, tier-one customer are demanding, but this challenge was over the top.
Screaming Engine Prompts Generator Fix
Made by Monkeys 
8/8/2011  6 comments
My generator failed. When I bought the replacement part, I could tell they had discovered their monkey mistakes.
Resin Producers Forge Ahead on Bioplastics
Engineering Materials 
8/3/2011  3 comments
Major global resin producers continue to show substantial interest in development of engineering plastics from renewable resources, even though acceptance in the engineering community has been glacial.
Monkeys Messed Up My GE Profile Washer
Made by Monkeys 
8/3/2011  25 comments
Watch out for GE's 'green' washers -- this reader found a mess of Monkey engineering.
Thin-Film Ferros Promise Energy Harvesting Bounty
Blog 
8/2/2011  3 comments
Georgia Tech team explores ferroelectric thin films as a new method of implementing MEMS structures for energy harvesting.
Monkeys Designed My 2011 Yamaha Jet Boat
Made by Monkeys 
8/1/2011  19 comments
Even new Yamaha Jet Boats need aftermarket parts in order to maneuver properly at low speeds.




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