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Plastic Return Containers Speed Automotive Assembly
Engineering Materials 
10/30/2012  10 comments
Closed-loop/reverse logistics systems using plastic return containers, which are fairly common in the auto industry, can even help speed assembly.
One-Piece Composite Wing Built for Perpetual-Flight Plane
News 
10/29/2012  10 comments
An unusual wing, made in a single piece from carbon fiber composite, has been built for an unmanned aircraft designed for high-altitude perpetual flight. The wing has no fasteners or adhesive joints.
Comment:Re: Pricing - Ann R. Thryft-10/25/2012
Composite Conducts Heat to Remove Salt From Seawater
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2012  27 comments
A new composite material for saltwater desalination plant pipelines may help bring down the cost of the process.
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/24/2012
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/24/2012
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/24/2012
Comment:Re: Pricing - Ann R. Thryft-10/24/2012
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/24/2012
Comment:Re: Impact - Ann R. Thryft-10/23/2012
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/23/2012
Materials Buyers Are Multitaskers
Engineering Materials 
10/23/2012  14 comments
Our recent Materials Survey shows that design engineers will be setting the parameters of many designs. Today's engineers have cross-discipline expertise and are involved in multiple job functions.
Biosynthetic Micro-Robot Will Combine Cells, Electronics
Blog 
10/22/2012  14 comments
The Cyberplasm micro-robot will combine engineered cellular devices, electronics, and new methods of communicating and interfacing between biological and electronic components.
Sea Turtle Robot Will Swim Autonomously
Blog 
10/19/2012  16 comments
Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have built a robot modeled on a sea turtle that is capable of underwater autonomous navigation.
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/18/2012
Biofuel From Seaweed Saves Water, Land Area
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2012  16 comments
Making biofuels from seaweed is one of the latest ideas for creating sustainable fuels that don't compete with food crops. Two different teams, one US-led and one in India, are working on solutions.
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/17/2012
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/17/2012
Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume
News 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Industrial 3D printing supplier ExOne's M-FLEX midsized metal printer is three times as fast and has a build volume more than seven times as large as the company's previous midsized machine.
Comment:Re: Memories - Ann R. Thryft-10/16/2012
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
Blog 
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2012  15 comments
Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
Cellulose Could Replace Short Glass Fibers in Composites
News 
10/15/2012  19 comments
Wood and pulp giant Weyerhaeuser has figured out how to make a thermoplastic composite using engineered cellulose fiber from trees, instead of the short glass fibers usually used for reinforcement.
Comment:Re: curious - Ann R. Thryft-10/12/2012
Fruit Juice Guards Against Aluminum Corrosion
News 
10/10/2012  19 comments
Extracts of juice from the common date palm fruit may be a greener way to prevent corrosion in the strong, lightweight aluminum alloys in aircraft, cars, and industrial machines.
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2012  17 comments
A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
Comment:Re: C-3PO - Ann R. Thryft-10/5/2012
Aluminum Wheels Take Higher Max Load Than Steel
Engineering Materials 
10/5/2012  34 comments
Two new forged aluminum wheels from Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products have higher maximum per-wheel loads than comparable steel wheels.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
Self-Healing Gel Could Replace Cartilage
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2012  32 comments
A new flexible, self-healing hydrogel that could replace cartilage can be stretched to 21 times its length before breaking.
Comment:Re: Storage - Ann R. Thryft-10/2/2012
Comment:Re: Storage - Ann R. Thryft-10/2/2012
Slideshow: Robots in Space
Blog 
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.
Comment:Re: Storage - Ann R. Thryft-10/1/2012
Comment:Re: Storage - Ann R. Thryft-10/1/2012
Comment:Re: Storage - Ann R. Thryft-10/1/2012
3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2012  9 comments
3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government.


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