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Content posted in July 2011
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
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7/20/2011  7 comments
Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
Looking for the Inside Story on Injection Molding?
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7/18/2011  3 comments
Plasticstoday.com is holding a virtual event on plastics molding technology September 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
Alcoa Makes DFMA Case for Aluminum's Sustainability
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7/14/2011  12 comments
A team at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh analyzed several tools and chose DFMA as a way to prove that aluminum is a better sustainability option than other materials for select applications.
Let's Make Plastics From Our Southern Scourge
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2011  8 comments
It's time to get creative about the feedstocks we want to use as a replacement for oil and natural gas.
Micro Parts Aren't Just Tiny -- They're Top Secret
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7/7/2011  5 comments
Only a handful of companies are actively producing micro-molded components in the United States, and they aren't your usual suspects.
Outsourcing Bridges Is a Crazy Idea
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7/6/2011  13 comments
Construction workers in Shanghai are making a replacement bridge for the 2.2-mile span that was damaged in the 1989 Bay Area earthquake.




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