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Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
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9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
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9/5/2014  Post a comment
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
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9/3/2014  4 comments
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.
Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
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9/2/2014  Post a comment
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
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8/14/2014  4 comments
Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
Revolutionizing Regenerative & Implantable Medical Apps Through Next-Gen Techniques
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8/11/2014  3 comments
The emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before.
Commercial Protocols & Aerospace Cabling: Finding the Right Balance
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7/29/2014  1 comment
Whether they're using Cat 5e, USB, or IEEE 1394 cabling in aerospace, designers must balance the use of standards against the application's special needs.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
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7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
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7/25/2014  2 comments
Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.
3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
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7/24/2014  1 comment
3D printing production-grade parts faces major challenges in processes and qualification to support engineering materials like carbon composites. Here are some novel solutions.
ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
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7/7/2014  2 comments
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.
Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
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6/30/2014  4 comments
Technology has long been a critical factor in designing products for manufacturing, and that technology has come into full bloom in the last couple years.
Thermoforming Advances Medical Design
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6/17/2014  2 comments
Manufacturing advances in thick-gauge thermoplastic parts is producing an effective choice for medical equipment design.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
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6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
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5/21/2014  1 comment
As designs of drug-delivery devices become increasingly complex, engineers have an even wider choice of plastics to choose from. This overview helps navigate what can be a bewildering selection of materials by outlining some key properties, capabilities, advantages, and limitations.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
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5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
9 Fundamental Facts for Self-Clinching Fastener Success
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4/3/2014  5 comments
By following nine basic principles, engineers can take advantage of self-clinching fasteners for their ability to join thin metal sheets, reduce hardware counts, and allow removal or replacement of components.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
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4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
How to End Wiring Disarray & Inconsistency in Electrical Enclosures
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3/11/2014  4 comments
Achieving uniform placement and organization of wiring cables can be difficult in network cabinets serviced by different installers and maintenance staff. Consistent, organized wiring systems can be maintained with a set of cable management devices.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
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3/4/2014  8 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
3D Printing Using Powder Metals: Choose the Right Process for the Right Application
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2/19/2014  3 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in new product development, low volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
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2/17/2014  1 comment
Researchers are developing drugs that are more targeted to effect only diseased cells or areas of the body that need treatment rather than the body as a whole.
A Lean Approach to Designing Medical Drug Delivery Systems
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2/12/2014  1 comment
Applying Lean philosophy in the design cycle by eliminating variation through standardized systems and processes, plus vertically integrating rapid prototyping and tooling development, cuts time and cost.
Design Close-Up: Overcoming the Complex Demands of a Medical Part
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2/4/2014  2 comments
From functionality to aesthetics to cost pressures, product developers today face an unprecedented variety of conflicting demands. Every design engineer can benefit from working closely with experienced mold makers and molders.
3 Steps to the Right Fluid Connectors
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12/17/2013  4 comments
Fluid connectors can boost the performance, increase the safety, and improve the user friendliness of devices and equipment used in a wide variety of life science, industrial, and chemical-handling applications.
Bionic Man Shows What’s Humanly Possible With Artificial Medical Technology
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12/10/2013  30 comments
London-based robotics company Shadow Robot says two thirds of the human body can be replaced with artificial materials. Enter the Bionic Man.
Assessing Compatibility of Adhesives for LED Assembly
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12/9/2013  3 comments
It is critical that LED manufacturers work closely with their adhesive suppliers during device design.
When Does a Custom Assembly Make Sense?
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11/15/2013  4 comments
A systematic approach to looking at how a collaboratively designed solution to match the application may provide cost and performance benefits.
Lightweight AHSS Automotive Design: Pushing the Envelope
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11/12/2013  7 comments
Steel is still the dominant material in cars, and new lightweight forms of it are the fastest growing material in vehicle design. Here’s why.
Versatile Plastic Diaphragm Check Valves Increase Options in Medical Designs
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10/7/2013  3 comments
The latest plastic diaphragm check valves improve flexibility, flow control, and safety in medical device applications.
Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators
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10/3/2013  13 comments
Educators need to provide students with interactive lessons that are academically rigorous while delivering fundamental concepts that bring theory to life.
Materials Move Aerospace Additive Manufacturing From Prototypes to Finished Products
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9/5/2013  1 comment
High-performance engineering thermoplastics are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts. Aerospace is one of the industries where this move is happening first.
Making Flat Pack Shipping an Industry Standard
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8/20/2013  13 comments
Advances in fastening technology are making flat pack shipping more common.
Liquid & Tape Conductive Adhesives for Electrical Interconnection
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8/8/2013  7 comments
New formulations of ECAs provide high flexibility and excellent conductivity for use where electronic components and dissimilar materials are found.
Epoxies & Glass Transition Temperature
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7/5/2013  3 comments
Glass transition temperature is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating, and encapsulation applications.
Bottles Up
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6/28/2013  7 comments
Millions of cycles are made possible with plastic bearings.
Thermal Transient Testing Reveals Long-Term TIM Performance
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6/27/2013  4 comments
This is a key indicator for materials used in electronic systems and LED-based lighting applications.
Bearing Design Considerations in Medical Technology
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6/17/2013  6 comments
Pharmaceutical, dental, and medical device applications present many challenges for bearings. These include high speeds, low noise, long service life, and resistance to harsh environments or aggressive chemicals or fluids.
DFAA: Design’s Acronym for Efficiency
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5/30/2013  7 comments
As manufacturers rush to install the latest productivity-boosting equipment, engineers are being challenged to master the skills of DFAA.
Device Manufacturers Embrace Electrically Conductive Adhesives
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4/8/2013  5 comments
As the trend toward compact, high-functioning devices evolves, electrically conductive adhesives are proving key components in the manufacturing process.
Using Copper in PCB Design & Fabrication for Maximum Reliability
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3/26/2013  12 comments
The military and aerospace industry has used heavy copper circuitry for many years, and it is gaining momentum in industrial applications.
Selecting Fastening Components to Optimize Manufacturing Efficiencies
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3/8/2013  3 comments
When evaluating a fastener, latch or hinge component for a new application, form, fit, and function are essential criteria.
Specifying Captive Panel Screws by Design
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2/26/2013  6 comments
Understanding the key drivers that influence the choice of captive panel screws helps engineers select one for their application.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/13/2013  12 comments
Design News is pleased to announce the winners in our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Electronics Work Inside the Body, Then Disappear
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12/11/2012  19 comments
Researchers have created devices that can dissipate in liquid, allowing for less invasive internal treatment for wounds, as well as other widespread applications for electronic devices.
V-Band Clamp Nut Keeps Turbochargers Sealed
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9/7/2012  10 comments
A unique internal thread form is helping the trucking and auto industries withstand extreme turbocharger heat and vibration.
Captive Fasteners Simplify Supply Chain
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8/23/2012  3 comments
Choices are now driven by the end user's application criteria.
Design Decisions: Resin Choice Is Critical
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8/7/2012  4 comments
When deciding on the material for an application, it is important to take into consideration what the product will endure.
Converting Machined Parts to Die Castings
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8/6/2012  2 comments
While there are a number of situations where machined parts are a good option, it is clear that even with fairly low volumes, die casting is something that should be considered, as it is often the better option.
Slideshow: Racing at Indy Grand Prix & Le Mans
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9/7/2011  17 comments
Racecars at the American Le Mans Series raceway in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif.
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