With European directives for lead elimination in electronics coming into effect next year, RTP Co. has formulated a wide range of engineering plastic compounds that withstand the higher temperatures of lead-free soldering. Components exposed to these soldering processes have to withstand temperatures of 260C or higher. Among the RTP compounds that fit the bill are those based on PEEK, LCP, PPS, PPA, and HTN. A detailed look at the products that can stand up to high-temperature soldering can be found at www.rtpcompany.com/soldering.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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