I've been writing about engineering materials for more than 30 years, mostly steel and plastics. I covered the steel industry for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the mid-1970s, and covered plastics technology as chief editor of Plastics World and as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill's Modern Plastics. I'm a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and have been responsible for materials and assembly coverage at Design News for the past four years. Drop me a line at email@example.com.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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.