HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/2
Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
Shape-Shifting Materials Are Packages of Future
Greg Stirling   8/15/2011 2:24:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Perhaps there is an application here in male enhancement.  Not that I need it.  Or make car bodies and structure such that, after a collision, the car springs back to its original shape by the application of electricity.  The fantasy is that a laptop computer can be made to fit in your pocket.   The reality, as Alex points out, lends itself in the short term to, toys, robotics, micro-actuators, and radio controlled models.

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
shape-shifting
sensor pro   8/15/2011 1:07:06 PM
NO RATINGS
You are correct, the cost is super high. On the other hand it is amaizing to see a tool unfolding on your desk while you shine a heat lamp. It makes you brain run with ideas like a race car.

It is a shame that due to budget cuts many of these projects are shelved every day.

Dave Palmer
User Rank
Platinum
Re: shape-shifting
Dave Palmer   8/15/2011 11:47:38 AM
NO RATINGS
Shape-memory actuators for space applications continue to be a hot topic.  Although calculations vary, it's been said that it may cost around $10,000 per pound to put something in low Earth orbit.  That being the case, anything that can take weight out of actuation systems (for example, to deploy solar arrays) has a high value.  There is a company in Colorado called CTD which has done some interesting work with shape memory polymers for this type of application.

I think it will be a while before the cost of this technology reaches the point where it will make sense to use it in consumer-oriented applications.  The advanced concepts described in this article are not likely to be realized next week or next year.

However, it's good for design engineers to educate themselves about these materials now, so that when they become more readily available, engineers can take advantage of their unique properties.  Shape memory materials can open all kinds of interesting design opportunities, some of which can barely even be imagined now.

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
shape-shifting
sensor pro   8/15/2011 11:01:08 AM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting. Thank you for the story. Some years back i worked on the metal with thermal memory. NASA had use it to pre-orient some tools in a specific shape and then upon use in space, expose them to certain temperature and resape them into a useful shape.

<<  <  Page 2/2


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
While every company might have their own solution for PLM, Aras Innovator 10 intends to make PLM easier for all company sizes through its customization. The program is also not resource intensive, which allows it to be appropriated for any use. Some have even linked it to the Raspberry Pi.
The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service