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.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and MIT have 3D-printed a new class of metamaterials that are both exceptionally light and have exceptional strength and stiffness. The new metamaterials maintain a nearly constant stiffness per unit of mass density, over three orders of magnitude.
Smart composites that let the material's structural health be monitored automatically and continuously are getting closer to reality. R&D partners in an EU-sponsored project have demonstrated what they say is the first complete, miniaturized, fiber-optic sensor system entirely embedded inside a fiber-reinforced composite.
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