There was considerable controversy last summer about the apparel worn by Olympic swimmers, and the advantages that special materials provided. Well, it looks like swimmers may have a new piece of gear in the battle for speed.
The first use of carbon fiber reinforcement for the frames of swimming goggles cuts weight, reduces drag, and improves comfort. Called Carbon RaceTM, the goggles were introduced this month by blueseventy®, which supplies swimming products for competitive athletes. Blue Fuzion Group developed the goggles, whose two eyecup frames are molded from a Beetle® carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide 66 compound formulated for the application by Teknor Apex UK Ltd.
The industry previously used polycarbonate for the eyecup frames of its goggles, but the carbon fiber-reinforced Beetle compound proved to be lighter, according to Neil McConnochie, managing director of the Blue Fuzion Group, Hong Kong. “The added strength enabled us to reduce the thickness of the frame, especially in the torsion points where other components of the goggle come together, such as the nose bridge and the strap,” he says. “Compared with a similar style of goggle, our new Carbon Race product is 12 to 15 percent lighter than a conventional construction.”
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is