3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 7/25/2015 1 comment University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 6/26/2015 4 comments The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 6/11/2015 4 comments Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 6/8/2015 3 comments It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 6/4/2015 Post a comment Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Solvay Revs Up With All-Plastic Engine
Engineering Materials 6/3/2015 28 comments Solvay, known for its extensive work getting the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aloft earlier this year, is taking a leadership role in developing an all-plastic car engine, the Polimotor 2.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 5/27/2015 13 comments Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
In Space, a 3D Printer Beats Duct Tape Every Time
Engineering Materials 5/26/2015 Post a comment In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
Engineering Materials 5/11/2015 3 comments Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 5/6/2015 9 comments This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 4/30/2015 5 comments Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
Engineering Materials 4/27/2015 Post a comment United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 4/23/2015 Post a comment Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
Engineering Materials 4/22/2015 Post a comment BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Bayer MaterialScience Gets Green with PU Foams
Engineering Materials 4/21/2015 Post a comment Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
8 New Materials & Designs for Lightweighting Planes, Trucks, Cars
Engineering Materials 4/20/2015 2 comments A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
11 Not-to-Miss Composites, Software, and Processes from JEC Europe
Engineering Materials 4/16/2015 Post a comment At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 4/3/2015 Post a comment Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 4/2/2015 Post a comment A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
Engineering Materials 3/27/2015 Post a comment Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 3/26/2015 3 comments Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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