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Silicone Materials Expand LED Lighting Design
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4/4/2014  2 comments
Dow Corning has introduced optical silicone materials that will help LED lamp and luminaire makers expand design possibilities and speed up manufacturing.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
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4/3/2014  1 comment
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
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3/28/2014  25 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Final Airplane Parts
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3/26/2014  12 comments
Airbus is moving in a major way into 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing -- not just prototyping parts, but making final, end-product components.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
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3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  4 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Teardown Time Warp: A Look Inside the Mac 128K
Product News 
1/27/2014  43 comments
For the Mac 128K's 30th anniversary, the folks at iFixit are taking us back to 1984, with a detailed look inside the machine.
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
Product News 
1/13/2014  4 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
Slideshow: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown
Product News 
1/3/2014  7 comments
After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
Product News 
12/27/2013  15 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
Teardown: Inside Nest Labs' Nest Protect
Product News 
12/11/2013  12 comments
The team at iFixit want to keep you and your home safe. So they tore into Nest Labs' Nest Protect smoke alarm to see what it's made of.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 
12/4/2013  2 comments
SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 
12/2/2013  4 comments
Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  20 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 
11/19/2013  11 comments
After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
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11/19/2013  11 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
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11/12/2013  7 comments
Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
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10/31/2013  4 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Teardown: Inside the Anki Drive System
Product News 
10/30/2013  7 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again, this time tearing into the Anki Drive System. Come along for the ride.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
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10/30/2013  4 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Teardown: Inside the iMac Intel 21.5 Inch
Product News 
10/23/2013  4 comments
This Apple iMac appears to be identical to its predecessor, but there was only one way to find out the truth. Take a tour as we tear apart the Apple iMac 21.5 Inch.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 
10/21/2013  14 comments
In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
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10/21/2013  19 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
Slideshow: Inside the Kindle Fire HDX
Product News 
10/16/2013  4 comments
We tore the guts out of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7 Inch. Take a look inside of the latest in the company's e-reader lineup.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD 2013 Teardown
Product News 
10/10/2013  10 comments
Take a look inside this year's Kindle Fire HD and see what Amazon has in store with the latest iteration of its e-reader gone tablet.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 
10/3/2013  19 comments
The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 
9/27/2013  30 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
Slideshow: Inside the Apple iPhone 5s
Product News 
9/26/2013  14 comments
The folks at iFixit.com got their hands on an Apple iPhone 5s and immediately dissected it. Here's what they found.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
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9/11/2013  11 comments
A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
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8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
Video: 3D-Printed Liquid Metal Structures at Room Temperature
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8/19/2013  16 comments
A research team at North Carolina State University has figured out how to 3D print small structures made from liquid metal -- at room temperatures. The freestanding 3D-printed structures retain their liquid state, yet are stable.
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
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8/13/2013  21 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
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8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.
You Dream It & They Print It
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7/29/2013  17 comments
Thinker Thing, a startup company in Chile, focuses on designing oftware to print objects using a person's brain activities.
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits the Streets in Japan
News 
7/19/2013  45 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
Antimicrobial Coating for Medical Devices Protects Patients
Product News 
7/12/2013  13 comments
Specialty Coating Systems has released its first Parylene coating with antimicrobrial properties, enabling it to protect people from E.coli and a number of other dangerous microorganisms when applied to medical devices.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
Video: Composite-Rich Airbus 350 Makes First Flight
News 
6/21/2013  23 comments
The Airbus A350 XWB, composed of more than 50 percent carbon composites, took off on its successful maiden flight on June 14 at the Paris Air Show.
CAD Maker Works to Smooth 3D Printing Process
News 
6/19/2013  20 comments
For 3D printing to make the jump from rapid prototyping to manufacturing, engineers will need to find easier ways to move products from their CAD screens to their printers.
Porous Metal for Medical Applications
Product News 
6/19/2013  8 comments
Joining porous metal to mating components for medical and life sciences applications can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
Video: Robotic Ants Offer Transportation Design Tips
News 
4/23/2013  7 comments
A study of how robotic ants navigate via swarm behavior, and the design of their trail networks, may make human transportation networks more efficient.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
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4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
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4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
NASA Awards Bigelow Aerospace $17.8M to Add New Module to ISS
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2/20/2013  12 comments
NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace a contract to deliver its Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to the International Space Station for experimental use for two years upon its launch to the station in 2015.
Dow Plans North American Plastic Waste Recovery Facilities
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1/28/2013  18 comments
Dow Chemical and Klean Industries are collaborating to build waste recovery facilities throughout North America for recovering energy, chemicals, and oil from nonrecycled waste plastics. The agreement especially targets used plastic packaging materials.
Were the Boeing 787 Batteries Cooled Properly?
News 
1/25/2013  57 comments
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's high-profile battery fire may have been the result of an engineering double-whammy: an energetic battery chemistry combined with a possibly inadequate cooling system.
Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic
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1/21/2013  12 comments
Bioplastic leader Cereplast has successfully commercialized an injection-molding grade of algae-based bioplastics.
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