The Metal Powder Industries Federation has begun accepting entries for the 2004 International P/M Design Competition. Open to MPIF members, the competition recognizes achievement in seven categories—ferrous, nonferrous, stainless steel, injection molded, advanced particulate materials, innovative functional assembly, and overseas. Winners will be announced at the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13-17 in Chicago. For more information, click on www.mpif.org.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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