Dear Reader: You don’t have to be huge to benefit from significant new developments in engineering technology. The spotlight story in this issue looks at the stunning results of a $400,000 investment in reverse engineering at Mike Corbin’s "Workshop of Wizards." I came across several other new materials technologies which I assembled here. Send any thoughts to me at email@example.com. Doug Smock Contributing Editor
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Nano-Coated Aluminum One of the more interesting developments in nanocomposites is nano-type steel which is being used to cover aluminum parts, giving them much better abrasion resistance and strength while not compromising aluminum’s light weight. Full Story Mimicking Body PartsOf possible interest to medical design engineers is a technology from Germany which allows thermoset plastics such as urethanes and epoxies to replace human tissue. There are potential industrial applications with engineers who need to replicate sensitive tissues, possibly even for transplants. Full story Self-Healing Material Systems?Design News readers are looking for materials that self heal after a puncture. One possibility is the Rhino truck lining material that expands and permanently seals undesired holes. I'll pass ideas on. Full Story Put On Your Thinking Cap Martek is exploring applications for an omega-3 additive whose development goes back to a NASA contract awarded Martin Marietta. One idea: a fluorescent dye for use in protein and nucleic acid detection. Full Story
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