Indy 500 Drivers Sweat the Tech Details
News 5/18/2012 16 comments This year, when Indy teams search for a competitive edge on the track, they're going to have to dig deeper into the mechanical aspects of the car than ever before in the history of the race.
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
News 5/14/2012 13 comments The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Conference Aims to Beef Up Power Plants
News 5/8/2012 6 comments Better materials for constructing electrical power plants, including a variety of alloys, are becoming increasingly important to their operation and have sparked a new international conference on the subject.
Robots Star in 3D Systems' Consumer Push
News 5/1/2012 29 comments With its latest acquisition of My Robot Nation, 3D Systems is adding to its portfolio of consumer-oriented 3D printing technology, which includes the Cubify.com content site and the Cube personal 3D printer.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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