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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When Ford celebrated its 100th anniversary, they chose a Centennial car that summoned up the spirit of the past while pointing the way to the future - the legendary Ford GT, redesigned, re-engineered and re-launched for the 21st Century. See why aluminum extrusions are key elements of this exciting new vehicle. Read More
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Design News’ 2007 Engineer of the Year It's time to nominate your favorite engineer for Design News’ Engineer of the Year contest! We've compiled a list of nominees for you to select from, and we welcome your suggestions for additional candidates. Submit your vote by June 29, 2007.
“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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There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.