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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in August 2010
NEC Develops Cashew-Derived Plastic
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8/31/2010  Post a comment
New plastic made from cellulose and cardanol shows promise for producing durable components for electronics applications.
Electrical Dust Screens Boost Photovoltaic Efficiency
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8/25/2010  Post a comment
A self-cleaning coating on the plastic film surface of solar cells reduces maintenance costs, improving the economics of solar power.
Apple Plans Next Materials Revolution
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8/18/2010  Post a comment
Consumer electronics giant Apple buys exclusive rights to amorphous metals technology that may revolutionize the design of handheld phones.
Chicken Feathers Emerge as Plastic Feedstock
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8/18/2010  Post a comment
Two U.S. companies are developing commercial products with keratin polymer derived from poultry feathers.
New PC Films Extend Electronics, Auto Applications
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8/12/2010  Post a comment
Design Engineers get new options in 3-D shapes with polycarbonate films developed by Bayer MaterialScience.
Look for More Gas-Assisted Molding Designs
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8/6/2010  3 comments
A 16-year legal battle over patents for gas-assisted injection molding is finally resolved, leading to a potential expansion of the cost-saving technology.
Aircraft Materials' Battle Heats up
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8/2/2010  Post a comment
Alcan, Alcoa and ATI fight back with new metal alloys in an effort to staunch the rapid rise of carbon composites in the Dreamliner.




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