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.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
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