Iowa State University professor Vladimir Tsukruk developed a unique polymer coating for micro-electromechanical systems. He uses an electrostatic process that forms a "self-assembling" coating measuring less than ten nm thick that contains both flexible and hard layers. Tsukruk says the coating has low friction and a longer life span than existing single-layer polymers. For more information, contact Tsukruk at (515) 294-6904.
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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