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Content posted in July 2013
Slideshow: Ford Steps Up Sustainable Materials
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7/30/2013  11 comments
Already ahead of the curve in using renewable and sustainable materials, Ford is stepping up its use of recycled, biobased, and recyclable materials in components throughout the car.
NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Part
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7/29/2013  28 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed hot-fire tests on a rocket injector assembly made with a selective laser melting 3D printing process and powdered metals.
Slideshow: Plastic Can Protect Astronauts
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7/16/2013  26 comments
A thermoplastic material invented to simulate human tissue may be powerful enough to shield astronauts against radiation in space, which is no mean feat.
Algae-Based Biofuel Goes Commercial-Scale
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7/9/2013  8 comments
In a major move forward for algae-based biofuel, US feedstock producer Cellana has inked a multi-year deal for commercial-scale quantities with Finnish company Neste Oil, one of the world's biggest renewable diesel producers.
NASA Builds 3D Printer for Space
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7/3/2013  30 comments
After nearly two years of R&D and testing several different commercial 3D printers in zero gravity, NASA has partnered with Made in Space to develop a 3D printer.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
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7/1/2013  19 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.




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