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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in January 2012
Composites Process Combines Injection Molding & Thermoforming
1/31/2012  12 comments
A hybrid injection-molding/thermoforming process makes complex automotive components from fiber-reinforced composite materials.
'Performance' Car Seat Eliminates Steel
1/30/2012  13 comments
A car seat backrest that integrates the seat frame and back panel into a single structure eliminates steel to save weight and reduce space.
Is Nanomaterial Legislation Coming Soon?
1/24/2012  23 comments
Nanoscale materials may soon be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and by other regulatory bodies in Europe and Japan.
Recycled Carbon Fibers Save Money
1/18/2012  25 comments
A new family of yarns and fabrics made from recycled carbon fibers have properties that rival those of virgin carbon fibers but cost less.
Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing
1/16/2012  24 comments
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
Bioplastics Fueled by Sugar Cane Trash
1/13/2012  23 comments
Hydrolysis quickly and cheaply converts plant cellulose waste into sugars, a major ingredient of biofuels and bioplastics.
Kionix Takes MEMS Inertial Sensors to CES
1/10/2012  3 comments
MEMS manufacturer Kionix is doubling its capacity and has released a new inertial sensor.
Adhesives Put New Twist on Fastening
1/6/2012  14 comments
Engineers are demanding multifunction adhesives and more rugged fasteners.
Li-Ion Batteries in EVs May Last Longer
1/5/2012  18 comments
New materials for lithium-ion batteries and their housings, along with cheaper ALD manufacturing methods, may help bring down costs and make them last longer in electric vehicles.
'Shrilk' Mimics Insect Exoskeleton
1/4/2012  24 comments
A material that mimics insect exoskeletons has the strength and toughness of aluminum, but weighs half as much.

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