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Content posted in February 2013
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2013  34 comments
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
Report: Plastics Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup
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2/22/2013  26 comments
58 plastics associations report the progress they've made on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.
Polyurethane Composite Toughens Up Seawalls
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2/19/2013  10 comments
A pure polyurethane glass fiber composite designed for seawalls is tougher and stronger than standard glass fiber composite materials.
Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2013  21 comments
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
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2/8/2013  36 comments
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.




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