New Dimensions in Multidisciplinary Thinking is a study conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) that is changing the way engineers think about education. The findings of the study indicate that some mechanical engineering programs are changing core courses and adding new electives in biology and chemistry. The study also indicates that this multi-disciplinary approach is the "essence of innovation and the key driver" in the emergence and maturation of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems. For a copy of the $20-report, contact Mel Torre at (212) 591-8157.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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