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Content posted in March 2013
National Additive Manufacturing Institute Funds First Projects
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3/29/2013  9 comments
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute has funded its first seven projects. They span a range of technologies and focus on fine-tuning existing AM processes for a variety of goals, including tooling, materials development, and composite production.
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
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3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
NASA Starts Biofuel Flight Tests
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3/12/2013  20 comments
NASA has begun flight tests of biofuels based on nonfood plants to determine their emissions and performance effects on jet engines.
Self-Assembly Meets 3D Printing
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3/8/2013  15 comments
Self-assembly and 3D printing, two technologies at the edges of manufacturing, are on the verge of coming together to make 3D-printed objects that self-assemble when stimulated by water.
Slideshow: Plastics Are Fighting Disease
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3/7/2013  10 comments
Many of the new plastics on display at the recent MD&M West show in Anaheim, Calif. were developed specifically to help fight disease. They are also getting smaller and lighter.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?




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