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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in September 2011
Troubles With the Ford Taurus SHO
Made by Monkeys 
9/27/2011  19 comments
Watch out for the Ford Taurus SHO. Its weird engine means big troubles.
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
Blog 
9/22/2011  20 comments
Prices for rare earth elements, an important component electromechanical products, have jumped by at least an order of magnitude in the past year as a result of export cutbacks from China, the world's largest source.
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
Slideshow: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Teardown
Guest Blogs 
9/20/2011  3 comments
A UBM TechInsights teardown of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet reveals that Texas Instruments (TI) is the big design winner.
Electronics Group Resisting Calif. Energy Regulations
Green Scene 
9/19/2011  22 comments
The CEA pounds California policymakers for proposing new regulations while the electronics industry is reporting gains in energy efficiency.
A Different Way to Your Rapid Prototype
Guest Blogs 
9/15/2011  7 comments
Metrix Create:Space offers a variety of fabrication tools, including 3D printing. The difference is that you do the work.
Amazon's Bezos Patenting 'Blue Origin' Spacecraft
Wolfe's Den 
9/13/2011  10 comments
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is building a commercial spacecraft via his Blue Origin company.
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
Blog 
9/6/2011  9 comments
Rising concern over China restricting exports of rare earth elements has caused the industry to revisit older magnetic materials from the mid-20th century, such as aluminum-nickel-cobalt compounds and thin films of iron and nitrogen.
Audi Concept Car Had One Minor Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
9/1/2011  8 comments
The Audi TT is a cool car, but its glove box lever is anything but cool.




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