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Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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1/25/2016  7 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
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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.
10 New Plastics For Airplane Interiors, Car Exteriors, and Medical Devices
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12/5/2015  Post a comment
Along with our current bunch of new plastics and elastomers, we also tell you about new applications they make possible, plus related news.
10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/25/2015  1 comment
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Plastics for Medical Devices Adapt to Changing Needs
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11/16/2015  Post a comment
Plastics designed for use in medical devices and hospital equipment have to do multiple jobs, as is made clear in an article in our sister publication MDDI.
3D Print Strong, Tough Parts With PEEK- and PAEK-Based Carbon Composites
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10/29/2015  Post a comment
Arevo Labs has developed a new filament 3D printing process for making very high-strength PEEK- and PAEK-based carbon fiber composites, and the commercial service is now available.
Multimaterial Consumer Electronic Assemblies Demand It, So Adhesives Toughen Up
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10/26/2015  Post a comment
Some of the biggest challenges for adhesives that join multiple materials are coming from consumer electronics, especially mobile and wearable devices.
These 6 New Coatings and Sealants Are Aimed at the Toughest Environments
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10/18/2015  Post a comment
Whether it's the outside of an aircraft, the inside of an electronics module, or the surface of heavy-use industrial flooring, these coating and sealant materials are suitable for the job.
9 New Tougher, Stronger 3D Printing Materials: Carbon, Nylon, and Heat-Resistant
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10/14/2015  Post a comment
A slew of recent 3D printing (3DP) material product introductions has included several that are tougher than the rest, giving you stronger, lighter prints.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
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10/13/2015  7 comments
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.
Ford Picks Alcoa's Tough, Fast Micromill Aluminum for 2016 F-150
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10/9/2015  Post a comment
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
Design Your Own 3D-Printed Lenses With LUXeXceL's New Tools
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2015  2 comments
With two new tools from LUXeXceL, you can now create and print custom lens designs optimized for your particular application.
AM Now a Major Strategy in NIST Materials Measurement Plan
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9/30/2015  Post a comment
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
5 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Airplanes, Satellites, & Electronics
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9/29/2015  Post a comment
Most of the fasteners and adhesives in this slideshow are aimed at aerospace, including aircraft and spacecraft, as well as electronics and electrical applications.
Alcoa Invents 3DP Materials & Processes for Aerospace End-Products
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9/25/2015  Post a comment
Alcoa's new $60 million dollar facility has already invented a new hybrid process for metals called Ampliforge.
Lightweighting Metals Institute Looks to Lighten Up Iron and Toughen Up Aluminum
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9/24/2015  2 comments
Lighter cast iron and harder die-cast aluminum are goals of the first two technology acceleration projects from the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow consortium.
10 New 3D Printing Materials from Plastics to Glass to Metals
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9/22/2015  4 comments
There are new materials for use with 3D printers, and then there are new materials that can only be made using 3D printing (3DP) techniques. In this slideshow, we'll show you some of both.
Giant Robot Will Build Huge Composite Parts for Mars and Beyond
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9/15/2015  2 comments
NASA has installed a giant composites-making robot to help fabricate the biggest reinforced parts ever for space vehicles, including Mars rovers and landers, plus planetary and lunar habitats.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
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9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
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9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
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9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
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9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
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8/28/2015  1 comment
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.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
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8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
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8/21/2015  2 comments
3D printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Survey: Engineers Broaden CAFE Materials Usage As Midterm Review Begins
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8/14/2015  Post a comment
As the CAFE standards deadline looms and EPA midterm review begins, automotive engineers are broadening their materials use to help vehicles shed weight and using more fuel-efficiency technologies.
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