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Content posted in April 2013
Aircraft Engine Maker Opens Additive Manufacturing Lab
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4/29/2013  9 comments
Pratt & Whitney has funded an additive manufacturing center at the University of Connecticut to advance R&D for AM processes that produce metals.
Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing
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4/18/2013  37 comments
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, has the potential to upend manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Corn, Wheat & Rice Trash Make Concrete Stronger
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4/15/2013  24 comments
Kansas State University civil engineers have used the waste products of biofuels to make a stronger cement, a major ingredient of concrete, that also gives concrete a smaller carbon footprint.
Used Cooking Oil Powers Transatlantic Flights
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4/9/2013  30 comments
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has begun weekly transatlantic flights from New York to Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil.
Slideshow: Composites Go to the Arctic
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4/8/2013  19 comments
Extreme athletes are skiing across the Arctic on an expedition to the far north of a Norwegian island, depending for survival on their wits and two custom-designed sleds that incorporate carbon composites and ultra-high molecular weight linear polyethylene.
Slideshow: Smallest Dental Labs Get 3D-Printed Models
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4/5/2013  32 comments
A new 3D printer from Stratasys is making digital production of models for crowns, bridges, retainers, and other dental devices affordable for the smallest labs.
Report: 2013 Will Make or Break Alternative Fuels
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4/4/2013  36 comments
This will be the year that makes or breaks alternative fuel technologies in North America, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing
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4/3/2013  33 comments
The line between materials and machines will blur when modular, self-reconfigurable robots and self-assembling engineered DNA bricks change the rules of product manufacturing.
Owens Corning Joins BASF, TenCate to Fast-Track Car Composites
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4/2/2013  2 comments
Owens Corning has joined an alliance between BASF and TenCate to develop continuous glass fiber composites for high-volume auto manufacturing.




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