Engineers attending SAMPE 2004, the composites and advanced materials symposium running from May 16 to 20, can get the inside scoop on the design and materials challenges associated with new fighters. Michael Fortson, director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program at Lockheed Martin, will deliver a keynote address entitled "F-35: 21st Century Fighter Design and Materials Technology." For more information on the symposium, visit www.sampe .org.
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.
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