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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in August 2012
Folding Car Is the Ultimate City Vehicle
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2012  26 comments
The 100-percent electric Hiriko Fold is 2.5m long and has a range of 120km.
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
STEM Connection 
8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
This Isn't Your Mother's Iron
Made by Monkeys 
8/29/2012  43 comments
New irons are not like your mom's iron, which lasted forever. The new ones break even before the cord needs replacing.
Flexible Batteries Power Flexible Displays
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2012  18 comments
New materials for batteries can make them flexible and energy-dense enough to power displays on bendable, implantable, and wearable electronics.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
Blog 
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
What You Need to Know About Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
8/24/2012  10 comments
Design engineers must have a good grasp of architecture, understand the functions of various construction equipment or machinery, and be proficient in reading blueprints and drawings.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2012  72 comments
A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Key Redesign Spells Trouble for Mower
Made by Monkeys 
8/23/2012  30 comments
Seems like the key to turn on a mower should be simple business. Not with this Black and Decker.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
Blog 
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
Joining Techniques Critical to Auto Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Automating production isn't the only technical problem carbon composites face in mass manufacturing. There is also the lack of standards and technologies for joining techniques.
Teardown: BlackBerry Playbook LTE
Blog 
8/21/2012  18 comments
The BlackBerry Playbook LTE is unlikely to reverse the current tide of negativity that comes with any news from the Waterloo, Ontario, manufacturer.
Video: Volkswagen Engineers Underwater Car for Shark Week
Blog 
8/20/2012  12 comments
The Beetle is made from tubular aluminum, with alloy wheels, propellers, and an inbuilt air system that allows the driver (diver?) to plug into before taking it for a spin, under the surf.
Microwave Door Latch Sticks at High Temp
Made by Monkeys 
8/17/2012  33 comments
When the summer heat enters the kitchen, you can't open this microwave.
Solar Cells Help Windows Generate Electricity
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2012  41 comments
A new kind of polymer solar cell that is almost 70 percent transparent to the human eye could give windows the ability to generate electricity by absorbing mostly infrared, not visible, light.
Shim Fixed the Mower’s Metal-to-Metal Problem
Made by Monkeys 
8/15/2012  14 comments
The mower and mulcher were metal-to-metal. The only solution was a homemade wooden shim.
Air Travel Appears to Be Behind the Times
Blog 
8/14/2012  28 comments
A CNN story claims a vehicle can fly at Mach 6, or more than 4,500 miles/hr. Does this mean we will see faster commercial airplanes?
One-Piece Carbon Composite Wheel Drives Cars
Engineering Materials 
8/13/2012  19 comments
Carbon Revolution says it has made the first one-piece, all-carbon fiber composite wheel for cars as well as planes.
Glue Troubles Run Hot & Cold
Sherlock Ohms 
8/13/2012  27 comments
First, it was trouble with the hot glue applicator. Then, the cold glue system started acting up.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
ABS Alternative Made of CO2, Palm Oil & Starch
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2012  6 comments
A team headed by Siemens researchers have developed a substitute material for ABS by making a polymer from starch, palm oil, and carbon dioxide.
Study: Plastics, Garbage Fuel Texas Cement Kiln
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2012  11 comments
A study has shown that fuel created from nonrecycled post-consumer plastics and other waste can power energy-intensive commercial and industrial operations.
Video: Composites, Syntactic Foam Dive to Bottom of Pacific Ocean
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2012  6 comments
The prototype Deepsea Challenger submersible piloted by James Cameron to the depths of the Pacific Ocean included components made of carbon fiber composites.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
Blog 
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2012  9 comments
A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
Danger: When Hydrogen Embrittlement Strikes
Guest Blogs 
8/6/2012  6 comments
Typically, failure occurs without warning, under stresses well below the yield strength of the material, and within a relatively short time.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
Blog 
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.
Nanodevices Self-Assemble Using DNA
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2012  5 comments
Harvard University's Wyss Institute has harnessed DNA to create self-assembling nanodevices such as targeted drug delivery machines.




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