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Content posted in May 2012
Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization
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5/31/2012  24 comments
Alternative energy recovery methods save money and keep waste out of landfills.
All Systems Go for Composites' Trip to Jupiter
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5/23/2012  20 comments
A carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic composite material forms an optical bench on the Juno spacecraft, scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2016.
Bone Repair Aided by Silk Scaffold
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5/22/2012  19 comments
A tough, biodegradable bone scaffold material uses micron-sized silk fibers to reinforce a compact silk fiber composite matrix.
Auto Composite Production on Fast Track
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5/21/2012  9 comments
A consortium formed to fast-track high-volume manufacturing of carbon fiber composites for cars has invented a system for automating their production.
Laser-Welded Metal Foam Sandwich Lightweights Ships
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5/18/2012  18 comments
A new process for laser-welding large-scale, steel-aluminum foam sandwich structures for lightweighting ships, which eliminates intermetallic phase, has been demonstrated.
Robots Cut Composite Repair Costs in Half
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5/17/2012  26 comments
A major advance in repairing composite structures combining robots and lasers bodes well for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, which contain composites in large proportions of their structures.
EV Race Car Uses Green Composites Under the Hood
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5/15/2012  38 comments
The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV prototype race car, which will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship Series, uses recycled and plant-based composites in underhood components.
Composites Stabilize Diesel Train Engine Enclosures
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5/4/2012  11 comments
A prototype diesel train engine housing made of a new polyurethane-based glass fiber sandwich material saves 35 percent weight and 30 percent cost over its steel and aluminum counterpart.
Industrial Robotics Gets Open-Source Boost
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5/2/2012  16 comments
Cross-platform, open-source development software is coming to industrial robots.
Slideshow: Plastics Drive Auto Lightweighting
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5/1/2012  29 comments
Solutions for automotive lightweighting were on display during NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla.




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