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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in April 2009
Major Plastics Show Will Feature Bioplastics
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Plastics made from plants are starting to show some life
Festo's Robotic Penguins Fly and Swim
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Watch the video: Penguins' flexible moves inspire new pick-and-place technology
Electroactive Polymers Target Medical Device Applications
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Polymers swell and contract as electrical current is applied
Ringfeder's ECOLOC Series
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For heavy-duty applications
Aerotech's LaserTurn 1
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Integrated linear rotary motion subsystem
Haydon's G4 Canstack Linear Actuator
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Reliable, high performance, durability
Recycled PlayStations Have Front-Row Seat in Reee Chair Design
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4/14/2009  Post a comment
SolidWorks 3-D CAD and a single-source plastics supplier helped Pli Design produce chair on a mass production basis




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