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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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