The softest thermoplastic elastomers—those measured on the Shore 00 scale—haven't traditionally been easy to turn into finished products. Now GLS Corporation (www.glscorp.com) has come up with the Versaflex CL2003, which features hardness of just 30 Shore 00. Yet the material, which comes as free-flowing pellets, can be injection molded into finished components or overmolded onto other substrates. Samples of the material exhibit both a water-clear complexion and a non-oily feel.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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