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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in April 2011
Design News Debuts New Product Showcase
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A new home for up-to-the-minute product information and the latest news from companies in the design engineering industry.
Dreamliner Production Spurs Specialty Fasteners
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The approaching commercial liftoff for the Boeing 787 revs up orders for titanium, nickel and stainless steel fasteners.
New BMW Line Features Aluminum, CFRP
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Structural use of lightweight materials reduces weight of new line of small, electric cars.
Bioresorbable Mesh Targets Rotator Cuff Repairs
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Healing scaffolds made from PHA polymers biodegrade within one year.
Carbon Composite Cuts Bearing Energy Costs
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4/22/2011  1 comment
New materials technology makes earth-friendly contribution.
Apple Explores Metal-Ceramic Composites
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4/12/2011  1 comment
Stronger, lighter materials are required as electronic devices shrink in size.
USCAR Wins Patent for Composite Floor Pan
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One molded fabric floor panel replaces up to 17 steel parts and sheds up to 25 lb.
Electric Vehicle Designs Spur New Materials' Approaches
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The aggressive effort to reduce weight leads to more carbon composites, foam structures and plastic gears.
Special Polymers May Staunch Radioactive Leak
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Superabsorbent polymers used in diapers attempt to sop up radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Aluminum Catches Up to Carbon Composites
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Alcoa research shows that aircraft designers like new aluminum alloy technology.




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