A common problem in molding high-precision plastics involves getting the molds sized so that parts come out in the correct size and shape. C-MOLD, a producer of CAE tools, thinks it has solved the problem, particularly for such unwieldy semi-crystalline materials as nylons or PETs, based on new simulation software it has developed. The "scientific procedure" for capturing the effect of crystallinity on material properties is based on research done by C-MOLD, the Cornell Injection Molding Program (CIMP), and experimental validation performed by the Polymers Department of the GM Research and Development Center. With the simulation, "we can now capture the cooling rate dependence of (shrinkage and warpage) properties by incorporating crystallization kinetics," says Manju Mahishi, project leader. No other simulation software uses fundamental material properties that yield this level of accuracy." E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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