Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 12/13/2013 1 comment A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 11/26/2013 41 comments A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
Engineering Materials 11/11/2013 15 comments A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 9/30/2013 8 comments NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Linear Introduces Multi-source Energy-Harvesting Chip
Product News 9/16/2013 9 comments Linear Technology, a provider of circuits and power-management technology, has released a new multi-source energy-harvesting chip, the LTC3330, which can deliver up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
News 9/11/2013 11 comments A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 8/20/2013 20 comments A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 7/16/2013 48 comments Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Thermal Energy-Harvesting Research Gets $1.5M Boost
Blog 7/9/2013 8 comments UK Researcher Neil Fox, a senior lecturer in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to pursue his thermal-energy harvesting work.
Algae-Based Biofuel Goes Commercial-Scale
Engineering Materials 7/9/2013 8 comments In a major move forward for algae-based biofuel, US feedstock producer Cellana has inked a multi-year deal for commercial-scale quantities with Finnish company Neste Oil, one of the world's biggest renewable diesel producers.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
Blog 6/18/2013 3 comments At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 6/3/2013 31 comments The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.
A recent survey conducted by CadSoft found that engineers involved in PCB design are increasingly targeting a variety of applications, with some of the most popular including control systems, open hardware, and robotics.