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 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.