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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in September 2013
Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2013  17 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year and we need help from you, our readers.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Video: Baxter 2.0 Extends Robot's Reach
Engineering Materials 
9/27/2013  14 comments
A new software upgrade to Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot extends the innovative bot's reach, makes it easier to program more precisely, improves overall performance, and expands its uses in the small to medium-sized companies it was designed for.
New Metals Could Foster Phase-Change Memory Devices
Blog 
9/27/2013  8 comments
Chinese researchers say a combination of metals could have potential for the next generation of storage devices, which will use phase-change memory instead of Flash memory.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2013  6 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
Super-Slippery Coating Inspired by Carnivorous Plant
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2013  21 comments
A durable, completely transparent, super-slippery coating can turn regular glass into a material that doesn't stain, resists scratches, and repairs itself. It was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, coated with an ultra-slippery surface that slides insect victims into its depths.
The Copper Eats the Aluminum
Made by Monkeys 
9/24/2013  20 comments
The light socket -- constructed with copper and aluminum -- was bound to fail.
World Solar Car Challenge & STEM Education
STEM Connection 
9/24/2013  5 comments
Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the University of Michigan solar car team, an entirely student-run organization that designed its new Generation car in NX software.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/23/2013  6 comments
Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Design News Is Looking for the Best of the Best
Blog 
9/23/2013  Post a comment
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means, don't you? It's awards season at Design News.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
Blog 
9/20/2013  46 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Video: 'Terminator' Polymer Has Potential for Device Design
Blog 
9/20/2013  18 comments
Imagine dropping your mobile device and not worrying about it breaking, because you knew the phone would bounce harmlessly off the floor -- and, even if it were damaged, could repair itself.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
STEM Connection 
9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Slideshow: 3D Printing in the Medical Cloud
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2013  24 comments
Medical professionals can use 3D Systems' secure cloud-based Bespoke Modeling service to create, edit, share, and print sophisticated, full-color, 3D anatomical models from CT scans, MRI scans, or other digital imaging and communications data.
Looking for Common Ground
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2013  14 comments
It's critical to make sure the ground is doing its job and not destroying equipment.
Music to Your Eyes: Transparent Polyurethane Provides New View of Cello
Blog 
9/18/2013  20 comments
A transparent polyurethane is the basis for a next-generation cello developed by Bayer MaterialScience that adds the experience of visual and digital elements to the sound of the traditional string instrument.
New Dishwasher Can’t Beat the Old One
Made by Monkeys 
9/18/2013  22 comments
The fancy new dishwasher was no match for the decades-old model.
Dassault Systemes Teams With Engineers to Rid Oceans of Plastic
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/18/2013  6 comments
The Eco-Engineering Design Contest aims to clean up the world's oceans.
Slideshow: Robots Will 3D Print & Build Space Structures
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2013  21 comments
NASA is funding technology that would use robotics and 3D printing to construct parts of very large spacecraft and other structures in space. Doing this could reduce the cost and risk of building and launching systems and allow for bigger structures.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronic News & Comment 
9/17/2013  38 comments
If your son or daughter could go to a community college, receive a two-year degree in manufacturing technology, and earn $58,000/year inside of 18 months, would you encourage it?
Shock-Wave Energy Inspiration for Development of Super-Strong Materials
Blog 
9/17/2013  3 comments
How do you create new materials stronger than anything that exists today? Create shock conditions similar to a meteorite striking the Earth, exert them on the material, and see what happens.
Slideshow: MD&M Chicago Highlights New Technologies
Blog 
9/16/2013  10 comments
Last week's Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago show attracted more than 500 exhibitors and thousands of attendees with technologies ranging from automation and robotics to electronic test systems and 3D printers.
Enter the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Blog 
9/13/2013  3 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Researchers Develop Stronger Material for Earthquake-Resistant Bridges
Blog 
9/13/2013  27 comments
Engineers have been seeking stronger materials for use in bridges, such as the nickel titanium used in flexible eyeglass frames, that can withstand the impact of 7.0 and stronger earthquakes.
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 
9/13/2013  12 comments
Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
Slideshow: 3D-Print, Etch & Mill in 1 Machine
Engineering Materials 
9/12/2013  8 comments
The latest in Kickstarter's clever, ingenious, and useful manufacturing products is the Microfactory, which combines 3D printing, milling, and etching in one system.
Slideshow: 3D Print, Scan, Copy & Fax in 1 Machine
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2013  40 comments
What if you could 3D scan and copy objects and fax your files as well as 3D print them – using only one machine? AIO Robotics' Zeus 3D printer, funded on Kickstarter, also scans objects, copies them, and faxes .STL files to a remote Zeus for printing.
The Day the Ice Dispenser Died
Made by Monkeys 
9/10/2013  17 comments
The ice dispenser support broke before the parts it was holding wore out.
DoE Invents Oxygen 'Sponge' for Potential Use in Batteries, Fuel Cells
Blog 
9/10/2013  15 comments
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a so-called oxygen "sponge" that could provide a new material for devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters, and fuel cells.
Are You the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
9/9/2013  10 comments
For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Report: China Faces Solar Shakeout, but Market Will Keep Growing
Engineering Materials 
9/9/2013  11 comments
A major study of China's tangled solar market concludes that although consolidation and near-term chaos are inevitable, so is continued growth and a return to profitability and price stability.
The Fuse Holders Wouldn’t Hold
Sherlock Ohms 
9/9/2013  28 comments
The cooling fans on the Lotus suffered when the fuse holders wouldn't hold.
Slideshow: JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award Winners
Blog 
9/6/2013  17 comments
The program recognizes top composites companies for innovation and industry-leading advances.
My Opinion on Technology in Sports
Blog 
9/5/2013  27 comments
The discussion of technology in sports is front and center these days.
It’s Not Us, Said the Hardware Hacks
Sherlock Ohms 
9/5/2013  13 comments
The hardware team said the problem was not theirs. But they were wrong.
Battery-Free AGVs Do the Heavy Lifting
Guest Blogs 
9/5/2013  9 comments
There will always be a need for battery-powered AGVs, especially where paths vary unpredictably and loads are light. But when heavy lifting is required and paths vary on a predictable basis, battery-free AGVs are best.
MakerBot's Digitizer Scanner is User- & Wallet-Friendly
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/4/2013  9 comments
MakerBot recently announced that the final product would soon be on the market. What is the buzz surrounding its Digitizer all about?
Taking Down the Tent Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
9/4/2013  47 comments
Pitching the tent was a breeze, but putting it back in the case it came in was a nightmare.
STEM 101: Give Students Access to 21st Century Tools
STEM Connection 
9/4/2013  25 comments
By freshman year of high school, more than 57 percent of students lose interest in pursuing STEM-related careers, and a recent report prepared by the White House indicates a lack of preparation and inspiration as key reasons why students lose interest in STEM.
3D-Printed Eyeglasses Are Fit for a King
Engineering Materials 
9/3/2013  16 comments
Dutch company LUXeXceL has developed a proprietary process to print plastic lenses and other non-imaging optical-quality components. The company has 3D-printed complete pairs of eyeglasses.
Reader Vote: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2013  9 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.




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