Make sure your new designs receive appropriate recognition. For products made in plastic, check out the first-ever International Plastics Design Competition sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry. Open to any product, any end-use market, and any country, the design competition is being held in conjunction with the National Plastics Exposition, the largest plastics event held in the Western Hemisphere. Deadline for entries was recently extended to April 15. The International Magnesium Association (IMA) is conducting its 46th Annual Awards of Excellence Competition to recognize outstanding examples of magnesium products and manufacturing technologies. Organizations and individuals with a product or technologythat demonstrate the exceptional use of magnesium can enter the competition, whether or not they are a member of IMA. Entries are grouped in three categories: Design, Process, and Application. Select entries will be displayed during the 2009 World Magnesium Conference May 31 through June 2, in San Francisco.
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.
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
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.
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.