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Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
Engineering Materials 
6/29/2015  3 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2015  1 comment
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Safety Certification for 3DP Filament Emissions -- By a Startup
Engineering Materials 
6/22/2015  Post a comment
A new program has been proposed for testing and certify 3D printing filaments for emissions safety. To engineers who've used 3D printers at home this is a no-brainer. It's from a consumer on Kickstarter, and targets use in homes and schools.
7 Grand Prize Winners of the 50th Annual Powder Metal Parts Awards
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2015  Post a comment
For the last 50 years, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has sponsored an awards competition for creative solutions to designing and fabricating near-net-shape parts using powder metal (PM) technologies. Here are the seven Grand Prize winners of the 2015 contest.
3D Printing Circuitry With Graphene-Based Conductive Filament
Engineering Materials 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
Graphene 3D Lab has added graphene to 3DP PLA filament to strengthen the material and add conductivity to prints made with it. The material can be used to 3D print conductive traces embedded in 3D-printed parts for electronics, as well as capacitive touch sensors.
The Fallout from the UCLA Sterilization Failure Will be Better Medical Device Design
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2015  4 comments
Concerns about the rising number of infections acquired in US hospitals from reusable instruments is driving changes in medical device design and materials, mostly for the better.
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2015  4 comments
Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
6 New Plastics For Everything From Cables to High-Speed Fans & Motors
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2015  Post a comment
Some of our current assortment of plastics & elastomers are designed for contacting human skin in consumer products, while others are tough enough to go under the hood near automotive engines or make bearings for the continuous high rotational speeds of fans and motors.


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