Materials Buyers Are Multitaskers
Engineering Materials 10/23/2012 14 comments Our recent Materials Survey shows that design engineers will be setting the parameters of many designs. Today's engineers have cross-discipline expertise and are involved in multiple job functions.
Biofuel From Seaweed Saves Water, Land Area
Engineering Materials 10/18/2012 16 comments Making biofuels from seaweed is one of the latest ideas for creating sustainable fuels that don't compete with food crops. Two different teams, one US-led and one in India, are working on solutions.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 10/15/2012 15 comments Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 10/8/2012 17 comments A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.