Network to link top nanotech labs
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment The National Science Foundation has created a network of 13 universities with well-established nanotechnology research programs, aiming to help them develop materials, manufacturing techniques and educational materials that will advance state of the art in the field.
Flexible and rigid plastics join forces-inside a blow mold
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment Hybrid injection molding technology, which joins metal and plastic inside the mold to produce structural components that offer the best of both materials, has been around for more than a dozen years now. But Bayer Polymers, a pioneer in this technology, has now come up with a brand new kind of hybrid based on extrusion blow molding.
MEMS' Fantastic Voyages
Features 1/12/2004 Post a comment Micro electromechanical devices have come a long way since they were simply researchers' toys. And the software for designing and analyzing them has come a long way, too.
More 'Power' for the Parking Project
Features 1/6/2004 Post a comment How do you deal with a CAD model that has 500,000 components, and when you open the file it consumes 3.7G bytes of memory? Beefing up your computing power to a 64-bit workstation is one solution, as engineers at EPAQ CARE Solutions learned when they designed an 11-story, 470 bay, fully automated parking garage.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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