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8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
3D-Printed Plastic Parts Are As Strong As Aluminum
Product News 
6/17/2016  Post a comment
Global 3D printing production network 3D Hubs is now offering new engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon composites that rival aluminum in strength.
3D Printing on the Dark Side for Father's Day
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6/16/2016  Post a comment
If you move fast -- and you've got $3,500 lying around -- you may still be able to buy your dad a Darth Vader helmet replica for Father's Day.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
Engineering Materials 
6/14/2016  Post a comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
3D-Printed Mars Rover Design Inspired by Students
Blog 
6/13/2016  1 comment
A student engineering team from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology is using 3D-printed plastic parts -- built on a desktop 3D printer -- in its Mars rover designs.
ORNL Makes Carbon Fiber Stick to Aluminum
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining carbon composites with aluminum, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for high-volume industrial applications.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Making Lighter, Smaller Designs with Fasteners
Engineering Materials 
6/8/2016  Post a comment
New and improved fastening methods are helping engineers join plastics, composites, and thinner metal sheets in a variety of product assemblies.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean
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5/30/2016  Post a comment
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Make Big, Stronger Parts With Near-Net Shape Technology
Product News 
5/27/2016  Post a comment
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
Engineering Materials 
5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step
News 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.
3D Printing Makes Possible A Methane-Fueled Mars Lander
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  1 comment
Getting different types of spacecraft to Mars may require multiple fuel types. NASA is using 3D printing to try out a rocket engine turbopump design that can handle both liquid methane and liquid hydrogen propellant.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
3D Printing Database Creators Invent Material/Machine Datasets
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
The creators of the free, searchable Senvol Database have begun issuing a new set of industrial additive manufacturing and 3D printing tools for engineers wanting to use additive technology for end-production: datasets for AM material characterization.
Fast and Cheap Carbon Composite Repair & Recycling
News 
5/5/2016  Post a comment
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!
News 
5/4/2016  1 comment
A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.
ORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
UL and EOS to Teach Users 3D Printing/AM Best Practices
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2016  Post a comment
UL is partnering with metals additive manufacturing (AM) supplier EOS to provide AM training to EOS's customers. It's designed to promote correct usage of AM technologies by OEMs and others in manufacturing.
Open Collaborative to Set 3D Printing Standards Kicks Off
News 
4/25/2016  Post a comment
America Makes and ANSI have formed a collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the many scattered efforts to develop additive manufacturing (AM) standards. It's open to all interested persons.
Is There More Plastic Than Fish In The Sea?
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2016  11 comments
To commemorate Earth Day, we take a look at the state of ocean plastic. If things don't change, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Here are the problems, as well as some solutions.


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