Need some die casting design tips? Look no further than a new CD-ROM just released by the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). Now in its second version, this multi-media guide includes information on alloy composition and properties, casting tolerances, die design, and casting processes. And just in case you missed the 21st international Die Casting Congress and Exposition in 2002, the full set of papers is available for $80. For ordering information, visit the NADCA at www.diecasting.org/publications.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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