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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in July 2010
Magnesium Sheet Technology Eyes Niches
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7/30/2010  Post a comment
nanoMAG and Michigan leverage federal grants into ultra fine-grain magnesium sheet for medical implants, tank armor or aircraft structures.
Retaining Ring Load Capacity Determination
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7/28/2010  Post a comment
If you need rings to position and secure bearings in a critical piece of machinery, load capacity can be critically important for function, safety and reliability of the ring application. Here's what you need to know to accurately assess static thrust load capacity for retaining rings.
Engineering Applications Are Bioplastics' Holy Grail
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7/22/2010  Post a comment
Tough jobs for bioplastics could emerge from a marriage of NatureWorks PLA technology and Avantium's green YXY process.
Costs Vary Widely for 3-D Printers
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7/20/2010  3 comments
Test data from T.A. Grimm & Assoc. shows cost, performance and quality data for leading 3-D printers used in rapid prototyping.
Diamond Razor Blades Boast Long Life
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7/19/2010  1 comment
A German company developed a plasma sharpening process that permits use of industrial diamonds in razor blades.
New Nylon Family Will Debut at K 2010
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7/13/2010  Post a comment
DuPont's new Shield technology may extend under-the-hood metal replacements for thermoplastics.
New Bio Chemicals Target Phthalate Plasticizer Replacement
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7/12/2010  Post a comment
Segetis has developed new bio-based ketal chemistry that may make better solvents, polyols and plasticizers.
3-D Printer Targets Human Tissue Fabrication
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7/9/2010  Post a comment
Scientists hope to use additive manufacturing to create human organs such as kidneys and livers with complex internal vascular systems.
Soybeans Replace Oil in New Polyurethane Foams
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7/6/2010  1 comment
Use of agricultural crops such as soybeans to make polyurethane plastics for cars and other applications is on a steep growth curve.
Clock's Ticking on $1,000 Gadget Freak Prize
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7/2/2010  Post a comment
The deadline for the Design News/MAKE Gadget Freak Contest is fast approaching: July 13, 2010. Enter your gadget now!
Polymers and Human Cells Combined in New Knee Surgery Tactic
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7/1/2010  Post a comment
TiGenix's ChondroCelect product joins natural polymers with cartilage-forming human cells to repair knee damage, possibly avoiding knee replacement surgery for some patients.




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