3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 7/31/2012 8 comments A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Water Bugs Inspire Oil-Repellent Coating
News 7/31/2012 13 comments Taking inspiration from water strider insects that skate between air and water, Chinese researchers have created a metallic device that skates between oil and water, coated with an oil-repelling oxide.
Renault Fast Tracks CAD Interoperability
CAD/CAM Corner 7/25/2012 4 comments Using Elysium interoperability software, Renault Sport F1 created a supplier portal that automates multi-CAD file exchange, facilitating collaboration across a global supply chain.
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 7/19/2012 9 comments Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 7/13/2012 15 comments An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 7/12/2012 15 comments New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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