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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in August 2013
Good Robot Gets All the Blame
Sherlock Ohms 
8/30/2013  30 comments
You can't blame the robot if the parts it receives are misfed.
More Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/30/2013  38 comments
We discuss more major developments in the 3D printing industry, and focus on what's happening in materials.
Surfing in 3D: Printed Boards Make Waves in Custom Design
Blog 
8/29/2013  36 comments
Chicago-based startup MADE Boards uses a mobile app that collects user data to design custom surf, sail, and paddle boards and then produces them through 3D printing for customers.
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2013  3 comments
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
Fuse Holder Follies
Sherlock Ohms 
8/29/2013  17 comments
Sometimes it's the least important component that messes up the device.
7 Common Mistakes in Designing Parts for Additive Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2013  2 comments
Anyone who has ever designed a product to be injection molded likely learned that small design changes can significantly impact the cost, time frame, and overall success of the project.
Jobs Was a Genius; the Movie Not So Much
Blog 
8/28/2013  16 comments
The movie's producers tried to sum up Jobs's entire professional career in two hours, too many significant parts were left out, and the movie did not accurately show the genius that Jobs was.
Mixed Metals Cause Faucet Failure
Made by Monkeys 
8/28/2013  19 comments
Combining different metals in the presence of water can cause damaging corrosion.
Researchers Build Concrete-Composite Offshore Floating Wind Turbine
Blog 
8/28/2013  16 comments
The first floating wind turbine was recently deployed offshore in Brewer, Maine, developed by a team at the University of Maine and supported by the Energy Department, which is ardently backing the future use of offshore wind turbine installations.
Slideshow: Are You Being Fairly Paid?
Blog 
8/27/2013  12 comments
Although engineering salaries are up, only 27 percent of engineers say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2013  7 comments
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
This Dishwasher Isn't Waterproof
Made by Monkeys 
8/26/2013  21 comments
The control panel of the dishwasher is on top of the door. Once it gets wet, it's bound to fail.
Bearing Application Solution for Magnetic Clutch Failures
Blog 
8/26/2013  Post a comment
We recently asked Richard Spore, a bearing applications engineer for C&U Americas, to define the solution for a problem faced by one of his customers.
Zinc-Based Material Expands Under Pressure
Blog 
8/23/2013  20 comments
Oxford scientists have discovered a zinc-based material that expands under pressure instead of contracting.
3D Print Yourself
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2013  61 comments
TwinKinds, a German startup, is creating 3D printed statues of its customers.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2013  23 comments
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Sprinkler Spigot Stops Short
Made by Monkeys 
8/22/2013  19 comments
The four-spigot timed sprinkler system was too big to attach to the water outlet.
Earth Station Stopped by Lightning
Sherlock Ohms 
8/21/2013  15 comments
A lightning strike took out the Earth Station in Africa. Fixing it took brainpower and ingenuity.
MIT Researchers Study Mussels to Develop New Medical, Industrial Materials
Blog 
8/21/2013  15 comments
More and more scientists are looking to nature for inspiration for technology, and now mussels are the impetus for new types of adhesive materials thanks to the work of MIT researchers.
The Blower Was a Boggled Design
Made by Monkeys 
8/20/2013  18 comments
Replacing the heater blower was an exercise in frustration and skinned knuckles.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 
8/20/2013  20 comments
A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
Slideshow: Design News Product Time Warp
Blog 
8/19/2013  15 comments
Take yourself back to August 1958 with a tour of some products that appeared in that month's issue of Design News.
What Have You 3D Printed Lately?
Blog 
8/16/2013  37 comments
We've told you about many cool things that have come out of 3D printers in recent months. Now, we want to hear from you.
Update: NASA 3D Printer for Space Passes First Tests
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2013  7 comments
The engineering test unit for the 3D printer that Made in Space is building with NASA has passed initial microgravity, environmental, and functional tests. It's scheduled to launch next year.
Top Reasons for the US to Return to Space
Guest Blogs 
8/14/2013  14 comments
Over the years, government and popular support for further space exploration has dwindled, despite its many benefits. So, we've made a list of the top reasons we should continue to explore the outer depths, "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
US Navy Resin Will Make Composites Stronger, Flame-Resistant & Cheaper to Process
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2013  13 comments
A new high-performance, PEEK-like phthalonitrile resin developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory is resistant to high temperatures, flammability, and impacts. It can be processed using standard methods like resin infusion molding and resin transfer molding.
Slideshow: Bombardier Prepares CSeries for First Flight Test
Engineering Materials 
8/13/2013  7 comments
Bombardier's Flight Test Vehicle 1 incorporates carbon composites in some areas. The main fuselage and structure are composed primarily of aluminum-lithium, making it about 2,000 pounds lighter and reducing fuel use by about 20 percent.
Video: Evolving 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/12/2013  11 comments
Artists are using the 3D printing craze to create new types of art, and MIT researchers are working on programmable materials for 4D printing.
DuPont Pushes for a 50%-Plus Renewable Plastics Line
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2013  13 comments
DuPont says its performance plastics line will contain more than half renewable materials within 15 years, and that all of its medium- to long-term research in engineering plastic feedstocks is based on the need to move to non-food based sources.
Toyota’s Catastrophe of Cool Features
Made by Monkeys 
8/9/2013  26 comments
The Toyota had some cool features, but they were ultimately a disaster.
Company Designs MEMS-Based Energy Harvester for Contact Lenses
Blog 
8/8/2013  9 comments
An Irvine, Calif.-based startup has invented an energy-harvesting power source for contact lenses that will enable the next-generation of optically delivered digital and biomedical applications.
MIT 3D Prints Tough, Bone-Like Composite
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2013  6 comments
A team at MIT has 3D-printed bone-like composite materials on the Objet Connex500 multi-material printer. One was more than 20 times as tough as its constituent materials alone.
Beyond Prototyping: 5 Things to Consider for 3D Printing Your Functional Parts
Guest Blogs 
8/7/2013  2 comments
Engineers are turning to 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) for making functional production parts in end-use applications. Here's how to decide when this makes sense.
How to Make Intelligent Carbon-Fiber Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/7/2013  6 comments
German researchers have demonstrated the ability to embed RFID tags with ultra-thin antennas inside carbon-fiber-reinforced composite components such as aircraft wings. The technique is also being investigated for composite structural health monitoring.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronic News & Comment 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If you’re looking for a branch of engineering that’s on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2013  11 comments
Some major developments are happening in the 3D printing industry and more are on the horizon.
Nike iPhone App Helps Make Products More Sustainable
Blog 
8/5/2013  8 comments
Product designers and manufacturers are trying to use materials less likely to harm the planet. Nike is giving them an iPhone app that lets them check the sustainability of their materials.
Update: Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Glass
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2013  11 comments
Corning's super-thin, 100-micron Willow Glass can be adapted to high-volume, low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing processes not previously possible with glass. Corning is helping customers retrofit or build new lines to integrate the material into manufacturing.
Dishwasher Failed the Toddler Test
Made by Monkeys 
8/1/2013  31 comments
If a toddler can destroy a dishwasher, the appliance was simply not durable enough.




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