3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 7/31/2012 8 comments A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Aircraft Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 7/26/2012 16 comments Engineers have a broader choice of metals and plastics to help lighten the load and beef up the strength of commercial aircraft designs.
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 7/19/2012 9 comments Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 7/13/2012 15 comments An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 7/12/2012 15 comments New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
Bioplastic Packaging Is Cheaper Than Cardboard
Engineering Materials 7/5/2012 30 comments Although bioplastic shipping containers may cost more per unit, they can be cheaper overall since they're reusable and can be recycled back into the supply chain in a closed-loop/reverse logistics setup.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.