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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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If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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