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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
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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  Post a 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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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.
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