Is There More Plastic Than Fish In The Sea?
Engineering Materials 4/22/2016
To commemorate Earth Day, we take a look at the state of ocean plastic. If things don't change, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Here are the problems, as well as some solutions.
9 Composites You Need to Know About Now
Engineering Materials 4/8/2016
At the JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials and systems showed off their latest innovations for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.
How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs
Engineering Materials 3/30/2016
The threat of stolen intellectual property that's hovered around the world of 3D printing since its inception just got hotter. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have captured the sounds that 3D printers make when printing out a part and used that data to reverse engineer the part's source code.
Video: 3D Printing Tough, Strong Composites -- From Fabrics
Engineering Materials 3/4/2016
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Like we've often said, 3D printing isn't just for making stuff -- it's also for making new materials that can't be produced any other way. Impossible Objects' Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing process 3D prints aerospace-grade end-production parts from novel composites made of fabrics.
9 New 3D Printing Materials to Watch
Engineering Materials 3/3/2016
The latest crop of 3D printing materials includes several flexible plastics, as well as a couple of firsts: the first reworkable flexible plastics; and the first titanium-ceramic powder for powder-bed and laser-based metals 3D printing.
Graphene Composite Coating Can Keep Wings Ice-Free
Engineering Materials 2/29/2016
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Researchers at Rice University have developed a composite coating they say could keep airplane wings free of ice. So far, it's made the ice on a helicopter blade melt, even at -4F. Better yet, the graphene it contains in tiny amounts isn't insanely expensive to produce.
Seen in Anaheim: 3D Printing & Baxter's Little Sis
Engineering Materials 2/19/2016
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At this year's Anaheim shows everyone was reinventing 3D printing to meet their own needs, while Baxter Robot's "little sister" Sawyer was touted as being used by companies around the globe, and a host of new and notable adhesives, cleaners, dispensing systems, and plastics manufacturing systems were also on display.
Everyone's Talking About Wearable Materials
Engineering Materials 2/12/2016
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At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Top 5 Reasons To Be At MD&M West
Engineering Materials 1/28/2016
The upcoming MD&M West and co-located shows in Anaheim next month will be host to a huge variety of technologies and special events like the Golden Mousetrap Awards. Here are five reasons for medtech professionals to attend.
8 New and Notable Composite Technologies for Planes & Cars
Engineering Materials 1/7/2016
Cars and planes continue to be at the forefront of composites R&D, as well as the implementation of composites in volume manufacturing. In this crop of new products and use cases, we've got more examples of the use of composites in production car models -- and they're not all those tiny little city EVs.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
Engineering Materials 10/13/2015
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
A researcher at the Iowa State University has developed biodegradable fabric from a byproduct of kombucha tea that is similar to leather and can be used to create textiles.
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
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