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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in February 2012
Medical Design Conference Showcases Products
News 
2/28/2012  9 comments
More than 2,200 exhibitors descended on the Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, rolling out products ranging from robotics and automation solutions to packaging machines, conveyors and materials.
Aerospace Composite Rewrites Fabric Rules
News 
2/23/2012  16 comments
A new type of carbon-fiber composite has a nonwoven fabric architecture that produces more than three times the tensile strength of conventional materials.
Composites Employed in Military Helicopters
News 
2/17/2012  18 comments
Two prototype helicopters that will be evaluated by the US Army deploy carbon-fiber-reinforced composites in both the aircraft structure and the blades.
Modified Packaging Film Protects Machines
News 
2/14/2012  12 comments
When combined with an adhesive, a clear packaging resin usually used with food products can protect appliances and other machines during manufacturing and transport.
Smart Paint Detects Microscopic Cracks
News 
2/13/2012  37 comments
A paint that detects microscopic faults uses nanotechnology to sense movement in large structures.
Packaging Materials Grown From Mushrooms
News 
2/10/2012  31 comments
Mushroom roots grown on plant trash form new materials for packaging and other applications.
3D Smart Vision Simplifies 2D Factory Inspection
Product News 
2/8/2012  7 comments
QuantumVision's Hammerhead combines stereo 3D with smart camera technology in a single, handheld, rugged system.
Composites Reinforced With 3D Architectures
News 
2/2/2012  6 comments
ETH-Zurich research team discovers how to build composite structures that use reinforcing elements within 3D architectures, as abalone shells do.
Additive Manufacturing Tops Materials Trends for 2012
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2/1/2012  17 comments
The five most important materials trends of this year mostly concern new, alternative materials or processes and developments in current ones.




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