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FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
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5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
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5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
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5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
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5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
3D Printing Makes Possible A Methane-Fueled Mars Lander
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  1 comment
Getting different types of spacecraft to Mars may require multiple fuel types. NASA is using 3D printing to try out a rocket engine turbopump design that can handle both liquid methane and liquid hydrogen propellant.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
3D Printing Database Creators Invent Material/Machine Datasets
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
The creators of the free, searchable Senvol Database have begun issuing a new set of industrial additive manufacturing and 3D printing tools for engineers wanting to use additive technology for end-production: datasets for AM material characterization.
ORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
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4/29/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
UL and EOS to Teach Users 3D Printing/AM Best Practices
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4/27/2016  Post a comment
UL is partnering with metals additive manufacturing (AM) supplier EOS to provide AM training to EOS's customers. It's designed to promote correct usage of AM technologies by OEMs and others in manufacturing.
Is There More Plastic Than Fish In The Sea?
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2016  11 comments
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.
Medical Implant, Packaging Materials Lighten Up
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
As we learned at BIOMEDevice Boston, newer soft tissue implants must be lighter in weight and manufactured with less overall material. The same goes for medical packaging.
Robotic Spacecraft Will Service Local Satellites & Build Remote Ones
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
NASA is getting closer to a long-held dream: using robots to refuel and service GEO satellites in space, plus enable deep space exploration.
Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station
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4/13/2016  Post a comment
Harvard University engineers and scientists have designed a new type of metamaterial that can change its size, volume, and shape. Why? To help make possible reconfigurable devices like space structures or robots.
Using 3D Printing in the Mass Production of Consumer Electronics
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4/12/2016  Post a comment
Contract manufacturer LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical is using Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems to 3D print antenna patterns and other functional electronics such as sensors onto injection-molded consumer devices. And that's in millions of devices per year.
9 Composites You Need to Know About Now
Engineering Materials 
4/8/2016  1 comment
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.
3D-Printed Satellite Antenna Is Just One Piece
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4/5/2016  Post a comment
With an eye toward building space-qualified radio-frequency components for Earth observation and science instruments, the European Space Agency has 3D printed a satellite antenna designed as a single part.
Monohull Boat Will Sail on Recyclable Carbon Composites
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3/31/2016  Post a comment
A recyclable thermoplastic composite using a resin you can actually buy makes possible the first monohull sailboat with an entirely recyclable carbon composite hull and deck.
How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs
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3/30/2016  22 comments
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.
Higher-Temperature Carbon Composites For Production Car Volumes
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3/29/2016  Post a comment
At the recent JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris, Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial availability of two new higher-temperature grade versions of its VORAFORCE epoxy resin matrix for thermoset carbon composites.
Real Hoverboard For Consumers Flies On Aerospace-Grade Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/21/2016  42 comments
On April 14, you'll be able to buy what its makers say is the first real hoverboard: no wheels. That is, if you've got $14,900. Just watching this video will make you wish you did.
6 Recycled and Renewable 3D Printing Plastics
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2016  3 comments
Here's a bunch of new and notable recycled, biodegradable, plant-based, and otherwise sustainable plastics for 3D printing, a growing class of materials.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
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3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
Should You Trust a Rescue Robot? A New Study Says Probably Not
Engineering Materials 
3/10/2016  3 comments
A new Georgia Tech study reveals that people trust robots way too much, even when their own safety is jeopardized.
Video: 3D Printing Tough, Strong Composites -- From Fabrics
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3/4/2016  Post a comment
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  2 comments
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.
3D Printing in Aerospace Is Mostly About Metals
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2016  1 comment
The leading, bleeding edge in 3D printing end-production parts for aerospace is all about metals and mostly about rocket engines.
Graphene Composite Coating Can Keep Wings Ice-Free
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2/29/2016  Post a comment
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.
Video: 3D-Printed Ear, Bone & Muscle Implants -- Really!
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2/24/2016  Post a comment
It sounds like science fiction, but it's not. 3D-printed human ear, bone, and muscle tissue have been implanted in lab rats and successfully grew their own blood vessel networks.
New Arc Welding Chapter for Free Online Automotive Aluminum Joining Manual
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2/20/2016  Post a comment
An online manual that describes in detail the range of commercial technologies for joining automotive aluminum components has a new chapter on arc welding. The entire manual is available free from the Aluminum Association.
Seen in Anaheim: 3D Printing & Baxter's Little Sis
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2/19/2016  Post a comment
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
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2/12/2016  Post a comment
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.
Are 3D-Printed Metal Parts Good Enough for End-Production? Lawrence Livermore - and Physics - Say Yes
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
8 Materials & Assembly Suppliers You Shouldn't Miss at MD&M West
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2/4/2016  Post a comment
Materials and assembly methods on exhibit at next week's MD&M West and other co-located shows will include some materials you should see, as well as several new and improved processes. Here's a sampling of what you can expect.
Medical Device Plastics Toughen Up for Harsh Hospital Environments
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2/3/2016  Post a comment
More plastics are coming into hospital equipment, as well as single-use, patient-friendly medical devices and wearables.
First 3D-Printed Titanium Cranial Implant To Get FDA Approval
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2/1/2016  Post a comment
The Food & Drug Administration has approved a 3D-printed, titanium, cranial/craniofacial patient-specific plate implant for use in the US. The implant is 3D printed using Arcam's electron beam melting (EBM) process.
Top 5 Reasons To Be At MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
1/28/2016  1 comment
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.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Metals & More Metals, Printed Circuit Boards & Enclosed Electronics
Engineering Materials 
1/25/2016  6 comments
Many of the new 3D printers and printing technologies in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build speed, new material types, density and quality of 3D-printed circuit board layers, or build volume in a hybrid printer. We also give some recent market statistics.
6 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
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1/22/2016  Post a comment
A trend we think we're seeing is that it's not enough to come out with a bio-based plastic, a biodegradable bio-based plastic, or a sustainable plastic made of non-bio-based waste products.
8 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Electronics, Airplanes, & Medical Devices
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1/18/2016  Post a comment
Several of these recently launched adhesives are low-outgassing/low-VOC formulations, cure at room temperature, and/or offer superior thermal protection and management properties. Both fasteners are designed to install easily on thin sheets, and to speed up and simplify the assembly process.
Medical Device Quality Standard Gets Revised, Will Likely Publish This Year
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1/13/2016  Post a comment
The long-awaited revision to the ISO quality management system for medical manufacturers is about to be published, a topic that will be discussed at the upcoming MD&M West show in Anaheim next month.
8 New and Notable Composite Technologies for Planes & Cars
Engineering Materials 
1/7/2016  11 comments
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.
HP Reveals More About 3D Printing Tech and First Product Timing
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1/4/2016  Post a comment
HP Inc. was at the Autodesk University 2015 conference in Las Vegas in December, talking up its latest 2D printers, and giving out more information about its Multi Jet Fusion 3D-printing technology and product launch.
3D Printing in Space: Telescope Mirrors, Mars Spacesuits & Space Structures
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12/30/2015  3 comments
New telescope mirror designs from NASA for space-based instruments can take almost any shape, and will soon be manufactured using 3D printing. So will NASA's next Mars spacesuit design, along with space structures it's developing with Made In Space.
Polimotor Says All-Plastic Car Engine Coming Soon, Reveals First Parts & Solvay Materials
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12/15/2015  9 comments
Designers of the Polimotor 2 automotive plastic engine have given more detail about which parts will be made from which plastics. Project leader Matti Holtzberg has said up to 10 engine parts will be made using Solvay's materials to reach his goal of an all-plastic, four-cylinder, double-overhead CAM engine.
8 New 3D Printing Technologies From Formnext & the AM Factory of Tomorrow
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12/9/2015  Post a comment
Engineers and others interested in prototyping and end-production using 3D printing and additive manufacturing recently attended the Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. It was all about metals, better process control, and the factory of tomorrow.
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