Engineering Materials
Content posted in June 2013
DuPont Lightens Up
Engineering Materials 
6/27/2013  30 comments
DuPont has been working with auto manufacturers to refine some of its high-performance engineering plastics, and even invent new ones. It's all being done in the name of lightweighting vehicles and improving performance.
Metals 3D Printer Gets a Smaller Footprint
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2013  42 comments
Optomec has downsized its highly sophisticated 3D printing process for metals and made it available in a smaller machine -- the new 450.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
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6/20/2013  16 comments
UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
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6/19/2013  20 comments
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
100-Percent Solar Plane Flies High on Advanced Materials
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6/13/2013  18 comments
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2013  12 comments
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing – Here Comes DIY Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2013  37 comments
A $1,500, hand-operated, bench-model, plastic injection machine crowdsource-funded via Kickstarter can be used to mold small, quality, plastic parts inexpensively, on demand.
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2013  31 comments
The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.

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