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Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2015  Post a comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
News 
8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
Engineering Materials 
8/21/2015  2 comments
3D Printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Survey: Engineers Broaden CAFE Materials Usage As Midterm Review Begins
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
As the CAFE standards deadline looms and EPA midterm review begins, automotive engineers are broadening their materials use to help vehicles shed weight and using more fuel-efficiency technologies.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
Blog 
8/13/2015  2 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Coatings Are Getting Smarter and More Specialized
Engineering Materials 
8/11/2015  2 comments
Although many next-gen coatings are still in R&D, smarter coatings that change in response to their environments are coming soon.
No More Welds: Fasteners for Composites and Other Rigid Materials
Product News 
8/11/2015  Post a comment
The PEM VariMount Fastening System works on more than composites: as PennEngineering's engineers discovered during R&D, it was easy to tweak the design a little so it could work on any rigid material. The VariMount is designed to mount on panels made of composites, as well as metals or plastics, without the need for welds.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 
7/25/2015  1 comment
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
Engineering Materials 
7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
UL Working on Safety Certification for 3DP Materials Emissions
Engineering Materials 
7/23/2015  Post a comment
UL is researching pollutant emissions from 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, with the goal of establishing safety controls.
Better Materials Will Help Reduce the Medical Device Recall Rate
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2015  1 comment
The product recall rate for medical devices has been increasing steadily for the past 15 years. A better materials selection process could cut that in half.


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