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Make Big, Stronger Parts With Near-Net Shape Technology
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step
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5/13/2016  Post a comment
The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.
Fast and Cheap Carbon Composite Repair & Recycling
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5/5/2016  Post a comment
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Carbon Fiber Composites Recycled to Virgin Material on the Cheap
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3/22/2016  10 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have figured out how to do what many thought was impossible: recycle carbon fiber composites into new material with virgin strength characteristics, cheaply and quickly.
Arrow Speeds Design with SiliconExpert
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3/2/2016  Post a comment
Arrow has collaborated with Cadence in order to create shortcuts in the design process.
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
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3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
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2/11/2016  6 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
Aerojet Will Set 3DP Rocket Engine Standards for the US Air Force
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1/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Air Force has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne to define standards for qualifying 3D printed components used in liquid-fueled rocket engines.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Spirol: Edge-Bonded Shims Minimize Assembly Costs for Manufacturers
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12/16/2015  Post a comment
Edge-bonded shims can reduce assembly time and minimize the costs of assembly for manufacturers when used instead of the more common surface-bonded laminated shims, the company outlines in a recent white paper.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
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11/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance polymers have been making inroads in high-heat, under-hood car environments for awhile now. At some recent industry events, DuPont Performance Polymers showed off several new parts made of polymers designed for these uses.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
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11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
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10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
These Electronic Inks Work with Existing In-Mold Technologies for Printed Circuits
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10/26/2015  Post a comment
A new suite of in-mold electronic inks from DuPont Microcircuit Materials help streamline the production of electronic devices by letting engineers print electronic circuits directly onto plastic substrates.
How Machine Designers and Manufacturers Can Streamline Enclosure Certification
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10/12/2015  1 comment
A free UL webinar will show how to faster machine panel enclosure certification avoids delays to market, reduces cost, and eases traceability issues.
Free Composites Test Database Now Available from Sandia Labs
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10/10/2015  Post a comment
A database containing information on over 16,000 tests done on 500 composites and other materials for wind turbine blades is now available free from Sandia National Laboratories.
At Design News Event, Caterpillar Tells How 3D Printing Helps Low-Volume Production
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10/8/2015  Post a comment
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
Extremely Low-Stress Thermal Interface Material Protects Against EMI
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10/4/2015  Post a comment
Extreme stress tolerance, thermal management capabilities, and EMI protection. What more could you want in a gap filler for PCBs?
Plastics Machinery Shipments Post Solid Q2 Gains
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
Shipments of primary plastics equipment in the second quarter jumped 5.5% over the first quarter, and year-to-date movement is 3.9% higher than last year after six months.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
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9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
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8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
No More Welds: Fasteners for Composites and Other Rigid Materials
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8/11/2015  Post a comment
The PEM VariMount Fastening System works on more than composites: as PennEngineering's engineers discovered during R&D, it was easy to tweak the design a little so it could work on any rigid material. The VariMount is designed to mount on panels made of composites, as well as metals or plastics, without the need for welds.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
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7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
Counterfeit Parts Persist in the Face of Arrests and Convictions
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6/19/2015  20 comments
Despite the crackdown on counterfeiters in the US and China, the problem is more rampant than ever, causing competitors to come together to educate customers and train border patrol workers on how to identify bogus bearings and other parts.
Ricoh Invents ‘Energy Generating Rubber’ for Flexible Sensors
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Japan-based Ricoh Co. has developed new material called "Energy Harvesting Rubber" that strikes a balance between providing flexibility while also harvesting a significant amount of energy that could have a number of applications, including flexible sensors and wearables
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal
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6/10/2015  5 comments
By using an adhesive that departs from the half-century-old chemistry of common medical tape, 3M has produced a product that can be easily removed from human skin and reused.
Solar Impulse 2 Forced to Abort Transpacific Flight
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6/4/2015  2 comments
Adverse weather conditions have forced the Solar Impulse 2 to make an unexpected stop on its record-breaking, round-the-world journey.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
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6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Inkjet Printing Process Used to Develop More Efficient Solar Cells
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6/1/2015  Post a comment
Solar energy is becoming an increasing source of scalable, renewable energy around the world. However, while energy from the sun itself is natural and environmentally friendly, the process for creating solar cells is not, which means one area of research in the field is to try to change this scenario.
New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
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5/29/2015  9 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Updated Bar Steel Fatigue Database Has 134 Iterations
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5/29/2015  Post a comment
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
Multi-Materials Auto Adhesive Cures Faster & Cooler
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5/18/2015  Post a comment
After working with several automotive customers, Dow Corning has developed a one-part, fast-curing silicone adhesive that bonds strongly to the multiple materials engineers are designing into future cars.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
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5/4/2015  17 comments
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
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3/25/2015  Post a comment
Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/23/2015  Post a comment
TAG Heuer's Android Wear-powered smartwatch is expected toward the end of the year.
Obama Turns Attention to Textiles for Latest Manufacturing Investment
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3/19/2015  4 comments
The Obama administration’s focus on supporting the manufacturing industry turned to textiles yesterday with the announcement of a $75 million federal investment in a competition to build a research center to foster innovation in textiles and technology.
Scientists in Hot Pursuit of Super-Fast Material
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3/17/2015  2 comments
Scientists trying to fulfill the 80-year-old dream of Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner, recently discovered how to place crystalline lattices of pure electrons in the bottom of a silicon-encased quantum well. The resulting material promises electron mobility more than 200 times greater than that of graphene and more than 1,700 times that of crystalline silicon.
Machine Shops Peel Back on Metalworking Equipment Orders in January
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3/10/2015  Post a comment
US orders for metalworking machinery began 2015 languidly after finishing off 2014 with a 3.1% expansion year over year, according to the trade group Association For Manufacturing Technology.
Manufacturing Employment Growth Weak in Strong February Jobs Report
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3/9/2015  Post a comment
While the US labor market expanded impressively once again in February with 295,000 jobs, manufacturing employment added only 8,000 positions, symptomatic of the sector’s growing stagnation in recent months.
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
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2/28/2015  3 comments
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek
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2/27/2015  5 comments
The actor captured imaginations and inspired scientists and engineers all over the world in his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
6 3D-Printable Metals from ExOne
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial 3D printer supplier ExOne has introduced six new metal powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent machines.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
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2/19/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Manufacturing Growth Threatened by Lack of Interest from Millennial-Age Workers
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2/18/2015  19 comments
Manufacturing is in the midst of an upswing that could be hampered by lack of skilled workers to fill job openings, a problem stemming from a continued disinterest by those in the Millennial generation to join the industry, according to a recent survey.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/11/2015  2 comments
The winners of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned earlier this evening during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
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