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Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2014  Post a comment
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
Turtle Inspires 3D-Printed Car Frame
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2014  3 comments
German engineering firm EDAG Group showed a single-piece, 3D-printed car body design inspired by a turtle at the Geneva Motor Show. It came about after an assessment of how additive manufacturing could be applied to making industrial components, modules, and complete vehicle bodies.
New 3D-Printed Metals From EOS
Product News 
4/22/2014  2 comments
3D printer and materials maker EOS has released two new powder metal materials for its direct metal laser sintering EOSINT M-series machines: Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L.
Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Materials Options
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2014  4 comments
Stratasys is buying assets of a key player in materials testing and R&D for its FDM filament printers, and there's a new polypropylene material for the PolyJet series of 3D printers.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
Blog 
4/21/2014  13 comments
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Blog 
4/18/2014  11 comments
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2014  6 comments
3D printing has met up with drones in a 3D-printed UAV. University of Sheffield engineers printed the prototype drone in 24 hours from ABS plastic using Fused Deposition Modeling.
3D Pictures of Huge, Self-Assembled DNA Structures
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
3D Printing High-Strength Carbon Composites Using PEEK, PAEK
Engineering Materials 
4/14/2014  6 comments
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
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Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
Comment:Re: Cool - Ann R. Thryft-4/10/2014
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Slideshow: New Carbon Composites for Volume Car Production
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2014  20 comments
At the JEC Europe 2014 composites show in Paris, many companies showcased their carbon fiber composite products, especially for volume automotive manufacturing. Some companies touted their contributions to BMW's all-carbon composite body-in-white. Others introduced automotive products and processes.
Silicone Materials Expand LED Lighting Design
Product News 
4/4/2014  2 comments
Dow Corning has introduced optical silicone materials that will help LED lamp and luminaire makers expand design possibilities and speed up manufacturing.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
News 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
Engineering Materials 
4/1/2014  1 comment
A report forecasts a big capacity increase for bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those that go into bioplastics. These are mostly based on first-generation feedstocks like corn and sugarcane, but second-generation cellulosic feedstocks continue to grow slowly.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
News 
3/28/2014  25 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.


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