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Surgical Robot Research Goes Wide With Raven II
News 
2/28/2012  20 comments
The Raven II robot will provide the first open-source robotic surgeon research platform to help accelerate development.
Slideshow: Green Materials Expand Design Reach
Engineering Materials 
2/24/2012  23 comments
There are more green, sustainable materials in use now than ever before, and if some manufacturers have their way, there will be even more of them in the future.
Aerospace Composite Rewrites Fabric Rules
News 
2/23/2012  16 comments
A new type of carbon-fiber composite has a nonwoven fabric architecture that produces more than three times the tensile strength of conventional materials.
Bioplastics Powered by Plants & Metals
Engineering Materials 
2/22/2012  20 comments
Two advances in bioplastics include a new additive to create polyamide precursors and improvements in commercialized bio-polypropylene resins.
Packaging Replaces Plastic With Pulp
Engineering Materials 
2/21/2012  31 comments
Procter & Gamble has replaced 57 percent of the plastic in its Gillette Fusion clamshell/tray package with moldable wood pulp, also dropping 20 percent of package weight.
Composites Employed in Military Helicopters
News 
2/17/2012  18 comments
Two prototype helicopters that will be evaluated by the US Army deploy carbon-fiber-reinforced composites in both the aircraft structure and the blades.
ABB Cleanroom Robot Gets Small, Cheaper
Product News 
2/16/2012  13 comments
ABB's smallest multipurpose six-axis industrial robot now comes in a cleanroom version.
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Aluminum Composite to Lower Weight in Brake Rotor
Engineering Materials 
2/15/2012  28 comments
An aluminum composite brake rotor that weighs 60 percent less than cast iron and lasts three times as long could be cheap enough for volume automotive manufacturing.
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Modified Packaging Film Protects Machines
News 
2/14/2012  12 comments
When combined with an adhesive, a clear packaging resin usually used with food products can protect appliances and other machines during manufacturing and transport.
Smart Paint Detects Microscopic Cracks
News 
2/13/2012  37 comments
A paint that detects microscopic faults uses nanotechnology to sense movement in large structures.
Packaging Materials Grown From Mushrooms
News 
2/10/2012  31 comments
Mushroom roots grown on plant trash form new materials for packaging and other applications.
iPad Controls Flying Video Game
Engineering Materials 
2/9/2012  22 comments
The Parrot AR.Drone could form a design platform for machine vision and military apps with a little imagination and some hardware upgrades.
3D Smart Vision Simplifies 2D Factory Inspection
Product News 
2/8/2012  7 comments
QuantumVision's Hammerhead combines stereo 3D with smart camera technology in a single, handheld, rugged system.
Cube Camera Eyes Embedded Vision
Product News 
2/7/2012  23 comments
World's smallest smart camera module gives developers of embedded vision systems a design platform.
Composites Reinforced With 3D Architectures
News 
2/2/2012  6 comments
ETH-Zurich research team discovers how to build composite structures that use reinforcing elements within 3D architectures, as abalone shells do.
Additive Manufacturing Tops Materials Trends for 2012
News 
2/1/2012  17 comments
The five most important materials trends of this year mostly concern new, alternative materials or processes and developments in current ones.


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