Magnesium, Aluminum Will Play Big Role
in Auto Weight Reduction Auto engineers love carbon fiber and other advanced plastics, but will make more extensive use of lightweight and thinner metals as core weight-reduction strategies for cars.
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Polycarbonate May Pose Health Risks in Baby Bottles New health studies in the United States and Canada raise new questions about the suitability of polycarbonate for baby bottles because of potential leaching of bisphenol A. Read More New RealHand Surgical Tool Shows America's Strength The RealHand is a fully mechanical instrument up to 45 cm in length in which jaws at the distal end move inside the human body in reaction to movements of a surgeon's hands on a handle. Full Story New Steels Cut Weight, Boost Safety Performance It was apparent at the recent Great Designs in Steel seminar that steel plans on stealing a page or two from the plastics’ playbook in the key automotive battleground. Full Story Lasers Create Gold Aluminum and Blue Silver A tabletop laser can alter the properties of metal to turn it any color—even multi-colored iridescence like a butterfly's wings. And the properties of the metal don’t change. Full Story Airbus Hikes Plane Prices by $4 Million Soaring metals and other prices are adding $4 million to the cost of a wide-body aircraft on top of normal inflation, said Airbus as it hiked prices. Metals are up 6.5 percent. Full Story
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- PODCASTThe Phoenix Lander is scheduled to land on the Martian North Pole May 25, beginning a five- or six-month quest to determine through experiments if life is possible on Mars.
- PODCASTTim Gasparrini of Lockheed Martin describes the mechanical engineering challenges of building a Lander that will function on the Martian North Pole from May to November.
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Find out how aluminum extrusions can be designed to minimize the need for further processing, making assembly and final production easier, more cost-effective and efficient. Read More
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To achieve a high level of energy density, as well as green environment and safety, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prefers to use cryogenic propellants, such as liquid oxygen, hydrogen and methane, to propel their spacecraft. Read More
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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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