Engineering Materials
Content posted in April 2012
Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Automotive Lightweighting Funding Renewed by White House
Engineering Materials 
4/26/2012  19 comments
The White House has approved $14.2 million of new Department of Energy funding to promote the development of stronger, lighter composites and metals for cars.
Slideshow: NPE Plastics Conference Showcases Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2012  14 comments
NPE2012 highlighted many sustainable plastics, some of which are recyclable at the end-product stage, some that are made of recycled materials, and some that are constructed of bio-materials.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2012  10 comments
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Recycled Bottles Used for Heavy Truck Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2012  21 comments
Recycled plastic bottles have become a PBT resin used to make the brackets of the side air deflection system in heavy trucks.
3D Printable Robots Get NSF Research Funding
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2012  25 comments
A new research program aims to let consumers produce their own customized robots with 3D printers and paper.
Femtosecond Camera Sees Around Corners
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2012  17 comments
A video camera system sees beyond the line of sight using a femtosecond laser that bounces light off of walls and floors.
China Teams With Boeing to Increase Aircraft Production
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2012  26 comments
China is becoming much more involved in the production of commercial aircraft, including new aluminum alloys for use in large planes, such as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

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