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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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