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Comment:Re: Giza 3D - Ann R. Thryft-5/31/2012
Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2012  24 comments
Alternative energy recovery methods save money and keep waste out of landfills.
Comment:Re: JUNO - Ann R. Thryft-5/30/2012
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
Blog 
5/29/2012  22 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Slideshow: Robots Creeping & Crawling Into New Territory
Blog 
5/25/2012  52 comments
Robots modeled after animals, insects, and worms are being developed for military and first-responder applications.
All Systems Go for Composites' Trip to Jupiter
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2012  20 comments
A carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic composite material forms an optical bench on the Juno spacecraft, scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2016.
Bone Repair Aided by Silk Scaffold
Engineering Materials 
5/22/2012  19 comments
A tough, biodegradable bone scaffold material uses micron-sized silk fibers to reinforce a compact silk fiber composite matrix.
Auto Composite Production on Fast Track
Engineering Materials 
5/21/2012  9 comments
A consortium formed to fast-track high-volume manufacturing of carbon fiber composites for cars has invented a system for automating their production.
Laser-Welded Metal Foam Sandwich Lightweights Ships
Engineering Materials 
5/18/2012  18 comments
A new process for laser-welding large-scale, steel-aluminum foam sandwich structures for lightweighting ships, which eliminates intermetallic phase, has been demonstrated.
Robots Cut Composite Repair Costs in Half
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2012  26 comments
A major advance in repairing composite structures combining robots and lasers bodes well for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, which contain composites in large proportions of their structures.
Comment:Re: 3D fun - Ann R. Thryft-5/15/2012
EV Race Car Uses Green Composites Under the Hood
Engineering Materials 
5/15/2012  38 comments
The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV prototype race car, which will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship Series, uses recycled and plant-based composites in underhood components.
Comment:Re: EXOHAND - Ann R. Thryft-5/14/2012
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
News 
5/14/2012  13 comments
The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Comment:re: FESTO - Ann R. Thryft-5/11/2012
Festo's Robotic ExoHand Provides Strength & Endurance
Product News 
5/10/2012  22 comments
A robotic exoskeleton, worn like a glove, is designed to function as an extension of an individual's hand to provide strength and endurance, or on both a human and an industrial robot arm to assist in assembly.
Airborne Wind Turbine Cuts Noise & Energy Costs
News 
5/9/2012  36 comments
Altaeros Energies has completed tests of a 35-ft scale prototype of its Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT).
Conference Aims to Beef Up Power Plants
News 
5/8/2012  6 comments
Better materials for constructing electrical power plants, including a variety of alloys, are becoming increasingly important to their operation and have sparked a new international conference on the subject.
Comment:Re: What? - Ann R. Thryft-5/4/2012
Composites Stabilize Diesel Train Engine Enclosures
Engineering Materials 
5/4/2012  11 comments
A prototype diesel train engine housing made of a new polyurethane-based glass fiber sandwich material saves 35 percent weight and 30 percent cost over its steel and aluminum counterpart.
Tiny Military Camera Sees Through Fog
Product News 
5/3/2012  20 comments
A one-inch cube camera that sees through fog and smoke at short-wave infrared spectra is small and light enough to be handheld or mounted onto helmets and weapon systems.
Industrial Robotics Gets Open-Source Boost
Engineering Materials 
5/2/2012  16 comments
Cross-platform, open-source development software is coming to industrial robots.
Slideshow: Plastics Drive Auto Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
5/1/2012  29 comments
Solutions for automotive lightweighting were on display during NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla.


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