The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is sponsoring the International Manufacturing Technology (IMTS) Show 2004 Manufacturing Conference, September 8-10, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The conference also hosts the IMTS trade-show, held every two years, running September 8-15. Present at this year's show will be representatives from TLC's show "Junkyard Wars: On the Road," giving attendees a chance to build and race gravity-powered racecars. To register or find out more about the conference or show, visit www.imtsnet.com.
The Strati EV car printed at the IMTS show is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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