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Content posted in January 2004
Web-based document management gives new meaning to 'sharing
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1/28/2004  Post a comment
For the 1,000 engineers worldwide who design oilfield equipment from more than 60 locations for Cooper Cameron Corp., a document management system has proven to be a valuable time-saver.
Calculating ball screw load-life? Don't forget preload.
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1/27/2004  Post a comment
Can a ball screw with a reasonable amount of preload but no outside thrust last forever? Eschatological considerations aside, it's not likely. The balls still have to resist the internal, preload force.
Network to link top nanotech labs
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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
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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.
Silver still rules the road-but for how long?
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1/14/2004  Post a comment
This should come as no surprise to anyone who ever goes for a drive, but silver for the second year in a row ranked as the most popular automotive color in the annual DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report.
Ask The Search Engineer
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1/12/2004  Post a comment
The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
Cut Space-Access Cost
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1/12/2004  Post a comment
Before realizing any long-term objectives, we must make getting to space economical
MEMS' Fantastic Voyages
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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.
Web Weaver
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Ride Design, Russian Style
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These former Soviet aerospace engineers want to use their knowledge of G-forces to scare you to death - without killing you
Fluid Power
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Innovating Technology to Combat Low Cost Labor Pressures
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Robert F. Cervenka, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Phillips Plastics Corp.
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Control ICs Offer Flexibility Without the Need to Program
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Logic-in-hardware, algorithm speed time to market
Software/Hardware
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More 'Power' for the Parking Project
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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.




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Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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