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Ann R. Thryft
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posted in January 2012

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Composites Process Combines Injection Molding & Thermoforming
1/31/2012  12 comments
A hybrid injection-molding/thermoforming process makes complex automotive components from fiber-reinforced composite materials.
'Performance' Car Seat Eliminates Steel
1/30/2012  13 comments
A car seat backrest that integrates the seat frame and back panel into a single structure eliminates steel to save weight and reduce space.
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 
1/27/2012  24 comments
Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Composite Plane Repair Aided by Coating
Engineering Materials 
1/26/2012  16 comments
Coatings that make damage visible at certain wavelengths could be useful in inspecting the composites used in aircraft structures.
Surgical Robots Could Fix NASA Satellite
1/25/2012  36 comments
A modified surgical robot is helping NASA study how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth.
Is Nanomaterial Legislation Coming Soon?
1/24/2012  23 comments
Nanoscale materials may soon be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and by other regulatory bodies in Europe and Japan.
Slideshow: Top 5 Robotics Trends to Watch in 2012
1/23/2012  22 comments
The most important robotics trends of this coming year will enable volume manufacturing and greater integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Vision System Powers Multi-Camera Inspection
Engineering Materials 
1/20/2012  5 comments
The newest embedded vision system targets multi-camera imaging applications where 24/7 uptime is needed.
Comment:Re: Sputnik - Ann R. Thryft-1/19/2012
Recycled Carbon Fibers Save Money
1/18/2012  25 comments
A new family of yarns and fabrics made from recycled carbon fibers have properties that rival those of virgin carbon fibers but cost less.
Robot Controller Shrinks Cell Floor Space
1/17/2012  9 comments
ABB has reengineered its IRC5 panel-mounted controller to work with the bigger drives on the company's largest robots.
Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing
1/16/2012  24 comments
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
Bioplastics Fueled by Sugar Cane Trash
1/13/2012  23 comments
Hydrolysis quickly and cheaply converts plant cellulose waste into sugars, a major ingredient of biofuels and bioplastics.
Comment:Re: Sputnik - Ann R. Thryft-1/10/2012
Bridge Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Engineering Materials 
1/9/2012  30 comments
Recycled plastic bottles and other waste plastic are being turned into structural, weight-bearing elements of a 90-foot bridge in Scotland.
Adhesives Put New Twist on Fastening
1/6/2012  14 comments
Engineers are demanding multifunction adhesives and more rugged fasteners.
Li-Ion Batteries in EVs May Last Longer
1/5/2012  18 comments
New materials for lithium-ion batteries and their housings, along with cheaper ALD manufacturing methods, may help bring down costs and make them last longer in electric vehicles.
'Shrilk' Mimics Insect Exoskeleton
1/4/2012  24 comments
A material that mimics insect exoskeletons has the strength and toughness of aluminum, but weighs half as much.

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