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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in August 2012
NASA Helps Professionals Keep Their Cool
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8/16/2012  29 comments
A new line of business dress shirts called Apollo uses a combination of textiles -- including a material designed for NASA spacesuits -- to keep people cool even when it's hot outside.
Reshapeable Plastic Remembers Original Form
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8/9/2012  5 comments
A new shape-memory plastic makes QR code labels look like Salvador Dali's famous floppy watch and could prove useful in product and brand protection.
Carbon Nanotubes Reinforce Adhesive
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8/7/2012  4 comments
Carbon nanotubes reinforce a high-strength epoxy adhesive for structural components.
Robots Speed Complex Composite Fiber Placement
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8/6/2012  5 comments
GKN Aerospace becomes the first to use the UK's new automated fiber placement machines that will help speed production of complex composite aircraft structures like wings.
PLA Blends Perform Like Engineering Thermoplastics
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8/2/2012  3 comments
New polylactic acid alloys provide up to 40 percent bio-based content, but their strength and stiffness rival standard engineering thermoplastics.
2012 Brings Increased Salaries & Job Satisfaction
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8/1/2012  32 comments
Our annual salary survey shows earnings are up and gives insight to the factors that impact an engineering career.
More Than Cars Drive Powder Metals
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8/1/2012  17 comments
A wide range of materials and processes are helping engineers in many industries design near-net-shape components faster and with less material waste.




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The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
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