Materials/Fastening Trend Watch 2007 - 2008 Editor's Letter There’s a war underway in engineering materials. The winners will be the lightest, strongest and the best able to perform under harsh conditions, ranging from fire to extremes of heat. The big new factor pushing performance requirements is environmental. Full Story
New Radial Spinner System
EFD, Inc., a Nordson company, announces a new Radial Spinner System that enables manufacturers to apply consistent amounts of adhesives, lubricants and other production fluids inside cylindrical parts between 0.4" and 5" in diameter. Applications include securing engine components and lubricating inside master brake cylinder. Click Here for more information.
Design News' 2007 Salary Survey Did your pay increase measure up to the industry average last year? Based on your level of education and years of service, what should your annual base salary be? What specific skills do engineers need to get ahead in their profession today? The results of Design News' exclusive, annual Salary Survey, based on responses from 1,225 engineers, are here. Free Download!
Quickparts® provides custom-manufactured parts from 3D CAD models. With its QuickQuote® system, Quickparts offers 'instant online quotes' for the manufacturing of custom parts including Rapid Prototypes, Cast Urethanes, Injection Molds and Parts, Sheet Metal Parts and CNC Machined Parts. Click Here.
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New 'Green' Plastics Start to Sprout Machine vision, laser-cutting and precision control challenged INVOTEC engineers on an automation project for a medical customer. Full Story From Bolts to Volts Nuts and bolts have been integral parts of many products for so long the phrase has even been ingrained into the English language. Yet, these often-overlooked commodities continue to evolve to give engineers something that meets the needs of seemingly any design they can come up with. Latches are making even greater strides, employing electronics to improve security. Full Story Use MIM to Produce Small Complex Shapes Using a range of low alloy steels, stainless steels, tool steels, magnetic alloys and tungsten alloys, the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process produces complex three dimensional shapes. Full Story Rapid Prototypes Expand into Offices, End Parts Now a mature industry, rapid prototyping is diverging to two distinct applications: lower-priced 3-D printers and those that manufacture customized parts. The push to trim equipment prices is creating new roles for these complex systems. Full Story Read More in the Materials/Fastening, Joining and Assembly Trend Watch Table of Contents
Quick Access Fastener Selection Guide
Send for your FREE guide to learn how to choose the ideal quarter-turn fastening system for your application. Easy-to-use matrix and charts evaluate fastener types, tensile load, life cycle guidelines, vibration resistance, materials and finish. Receptacle and head-style options also covered. Click here for your FREE guide.
Sponsored Technology Content Case studies - Tent Framing SystemIn partnership with Hydro Aluminum
This case study shows how to use drawn tubing & extrusion components to form easy-to-assemble, multi-configuration military/rapid deployment tenting system. The challenge is it must be lightweight, able to be assembled by 4 people in 12 minutes, sturdy and withstand being air dropped. Read More Engineer's Portal for High-Performance PlasticsIn partnership with Solvay
No matter what you're working on, you need a material that performs. One that makes a real difference in your design. After all, the material you specify this year will determine the success of your product next year and beyond. That's where Solvay Advanced Polymers can help. Click here to learn how. Sensor & Magnet Mounting: Simplify, SaveIn partnership with USA Tolerance
Ask USA Tolerance Rings. Accurate, reworkable and cost effective, tolerance rings can provide low assembly forces across a specified tolerance range. They provide an accurate holder rotatable 360 degrees after assembly. Free samples available. Call 609-745-5000 or Click here.
Accumold – Micro-Mold® Manufacturing
Accumold is a high tech manufacturer of precision micro, small and lead frame injection molded plastic components. Utilizing processes developed from our Micro-Mold® technology, we design, build and produce unique molds and parts efficiently for markets that include Micro Electronics, Automotive, Fiber Optics, Medical, and Military. Click Here.
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The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.