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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in March 2011
Siemens Launches Online Game
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3/31/2011  1 comment
Plantville, the new online game from Siemens, challenges players to optimize operations and production design at three manufacturing plants.
Surging Materials Prices Force Redesigns
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3/21/2011  Post a comment
Aluminum-for-copper substitutions are on the agenda at Emerson Electric and Delphi.
Composite Processing Speeds Up
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3/18/2011  Post a comment
Teijin replaces thermoset resins with thermoplastics to cut carbon composite production speeds by fivefold.
New Study Benchmarks Resins for Tiny Parts
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3/14/2011  Post a comment
Data sheets aren't particularly helpful when selecting resins for micromolding.
Wind Powers Electric Vehicle
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3/9/2011  Post a comment
Batteries in the Wind Explorer, a 441 lb vehicle, are charged by a mobile wind turbine.
Specialty Compounds Challenge Metal in Medical Designs 
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
Injection-moldable plastics allow complex designs for shielding, X-Ray applications.
Rapid Brain Chilling Saves Lives
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
New technology uses coolant liquid to reduce brain injury following heart attacks, strokes or sever brain trauma.
Yale Engineers Blow Mold Metal Alloys
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3/4/2011  Post a comment
Complex shapes under investigation include miniature resonators for MEMS.
Prototyping Your Way Out of a Mess
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3/1/2011  Post a comment
Whether it's in an industrial, office or home setting, until the world goes totally wireless, dealing with tangles of cords will be a reality of modern life. Designer Micah Maraia created a way to more quickly unravel the mess of cords in your life.




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