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.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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