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Douglas Smock
Member Since: July 5, 2011
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Why Mold Design Matters
News 
10/17/2011  6 comments
Consideration of tooling issues in part design can save money and dramatically improve part quality.
3D Printing Accelerates Prototyping
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2011  7 comments
Low-cost 3D printers are rapidly changing the design process.
Composites Power America's Cup Racers
News 
9/19/2011  8 comments
The next generation of America's Cup sailboats will feature leading-edge designs including wing-sails made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics.
Survey Results: Mold Design & Use
News 
9/16/2011  8 comments
Engineers buy molds from China but report significant quality and delivery problems.
Materials Up Ante Against Prostate Cancer
News 
9/15/2011  3 comments
New materials and processing technologies hold promise to significantly improve medical outcomes for men suffering from prostate cancer.
Comment:Good sign - Douglas Smock-9/6/2011
Materials Broaden Reach of Additive Manufacturing
News 
8/22/2011  5 comments
New metal alloys and plastics create innovative possibilities in medical, automotive, and other applications.
Carbon Composite Processes Eye Auto Production
News 
8/17/2011  4 comments
New technology and tougher mileage requirements will push auto design toward lightweight materials.
3D-Printed Stool Holds 220 Pounds
Engineering Materials 
8/12/2011  9 comments
In a demonstration of the rapidly growing capabilities of the 3D printing process, Objet printed a stool that folds and holds more than 220 pounds.
Video: MEMS-Enabled Artificial Lung
News 
8/11/2011  3 comments
Researchers at Draper Lab are working with Boston's leading hospitals to create an artificial lung with an intricate vascular structure produced with MEMS technology.
Comment:PID RIP - Douglas Smock-8/9/2011
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2011  14 comments
New materials, combined with efficient design, produce a lightweight car that is targeting a first place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Comment:Old parts - Douglas Smock-8/8/2011
Comment:Manuals - Douglas Smock-8/5/2011
Artificial Lung Is Microfluidics Marvel
Engineering Materials 
8/4/2011  12 comments
A team of Cleveland engineers has developed a prototype artificial lung made from silicone rubber that uses air instead of compressed oxygen in a marvel of microfluidics made possible by additive manufacturing.
Resin Producers Forge Ahead on Bioplastics
Engineering Materials 
8/3/2011  3 comments
Major global resin producers continue to show substantial interest in development of engineering plastics from renewable resources, even though acceptance in the engineering community has been glacial.
Wood Joins Plastics for Injection Molded Composites
News 
8/2/2011  14 comments
A Michigan inventor has developed technology that he feels gives design engineers and injection molders an improved "green" materials option: wood-plastic composites.
Comment:GPS - Douglas Smock-8/1/2011
Kill the Biofuels Subsidies
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2011  17 comments
Eliminating federal subsidies for corn ethanol should be an easy call for Congressmen debating how to balance the US budget in advance of a debt default deadline.
Carbon Composites Achieve Auto Breakthrough
News 
7/29/2011  7 comments
Carbon composites will play a major role in reducing car weight as a result of a new process technology that improves quality and cuts production time by 75 percent.
Solvay Pumps OLEDs
News 
7/27/2011  2 comments
Global chemicals giant Solvay is making a $14.5 million investment in Plextronics in a push to to jumpstart development of printed electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Comment:Overkill - Douglas Smock-7/27/2011
Comment:Impressive - Douglas Smock-7/26/2011
Stratasys Develops Static-Dissipative ABS
Product News 
7/26/2011  3 comments
Electronics manufacturers can now produce assembly aids using additive manufacturing systems that quickly make precise parts from CAD files.
Comment:Apollo 13 - Douglas Smock-7/25/2011
Chemical Additive Protects Plastics From Rats
News 
7/25/2011  9 comments
An Indian company has developed a proprietary chemical additive that repels rodents and insects from plastic wire and cable at a lower cost than sheathing.
Comment:Bad idea - Douglas Smock-7/22/2011
Dow & Mitsui Plan Brazil Bioplastics Plant
News 
7/22/2011  5 comments
Dow and Mitsui are collaborating to build the world's largest integrated biopolymers plant.
Comment:Cool Stuff - Douglas Smock-7/22/2011
Comment:Amazing - Douglas Smock-7/21/2011
Self-Locking Fastener Improves Elbow Implant
News 
7/21/2011  5 comments
An innovative medical development company in Miami is using a self-locking fastener to dramatically extend the life of an elbow implant.
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2011  7 comments
Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
Comment:Interesting - Douglas Smock-7/18/2011


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