Plexiglas Gets Performance 'Rnewal'
Product News 4/19/2012 33 comments A crystal clear, transparent version of Plexiglas with superior strength has been formulated by combining Altuglas' polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with NatureWorks' Ingeo biopolymer.
DARPA Wants Your Danger-Seeking Robot
News 4/18/2012 13 comments The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering $2 million to engineers who can design and build a robot to perform a series of disaster-response tasks that are too dangerous for humans.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
News 4/17/2012 26 comments Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
CAD Primed for Plastic Parts Design
News 4/11/2012 13 comments Recognizing their growing and more sophisticated use, SolidWorks and Autodesk have rounded out their portfolios with tools aimed at optimizing the design and manufacturing of plastic parts.
Renesas MCUs Promote Precise Motor Control
Product News 4/2/2012 10 comments Using a new 32-bit microcontroller family, engineers may now have a more cost-effective way of delivering precise power control to products ranging from washers and dryers to solar inverters.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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