Are you looking for advice on bar steel fatigue? The American Iron and Steel Institute is starting up a blog on that subject for materials engineers, application engineers, FEA simulation experts, as well as OEM and supplier design engineers. The first post covers the topic Does Grain Refining Practice Affect Fatigue Properties? The post looks at strain life data for aluminum, niobium and vanadium that are used for grain refinement in medium carbon steels. The post comes from blog administrator Tom Oakwood, a PhD metallurgical engineer with 40 years experience. He was one of the founding members of the AISI Bar Fatigue Database.
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.