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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in October 2012
One-Piece Composite Wing Built for Perpetual-Flight Plane
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10/29/2012  10 comments
An unusual wing, made in a single piece from carbon fiber composite, has been built for an unmanned aircraft designed for high-altitude perpetual flight. The wing has no fasteners or adhesive joints.
Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume
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10/17/2012  11 comments
Industrial 3D printing supplier ExOne's M-FLEX midsized metal printer is three times as fast and has a build volume more than seven times as large as the company's previous midsized machine.
Cellulose Could Replace Short Glass Fibers in Composites
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10/15/2012  19 comments
Wood and pulp giant Weyerhaeuser has figured out how to make a thermoplastic composite using engineered cellulose fiber from trees, instead of the short glass fibers usually used for reinforcement.
Fruit Juice Guards Against Aluminum Corrosion
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10/10/2012  19 comments
Extracts of juice from the common date palm fruit may be a greener way to prevent corrosion in the strong, lightweight aluminum alloys in aircraft, cars, and industrial machines.




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