GM Selects Aluminum for Enclave Hood Strong points of American cars continue to be design and innovations in materials. The latest example is the 2008 Buick Enclave, a luxury crossover full of stylish materials. Full Story Trek’s Madone Designed for Carbon Trek’s new Madone road bike pushes the envelope with performance and lower weight by exploiting the unique properties of carbon fiber. Full Story Thinking ‘Green’? Try Stainless Steel You don’t need to look far to find a “green” material for engineering design, says one company. Try stainless steel, which is recyclable. And it’s not made from petroleum. Full Story World Rubber Demand Heats Up Global use of all elastomers will grow 4 percent this year, up from a growth rate of 2.1 percent last year. Growth rates will be very strong for natural rubber in particular. Full Story Self-Healing Materials Mimic Skin An Illinois research team has developed a self-healing materials’ system based on an epoxy platform embedded with a micro vascular network. Coming up next: two-part epoxies. Full Story ABS Caps Color Code Latch AssembliesPEM access hardware ordered with ABS cap colors allow for color-coding or matching in an assembly to offer aesthetics or specific practical functions, such as restricted areas. Full Story
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“Green” issues, such as lead replacement, are becoming critical in design. What are your biggest problems right now in this area? E-mail me.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.