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National Additive Manufacturing Institute Funds First Projects
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2013  9 comments
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute has funded its first seven projects. They span a range of technologies and focus on fine-tuning existing AM processes for a variety of goals, including tooling, materials development, and composite production.
Comment:Re: Ieeew - Ann R. Thryft-3/28/2013
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
Blog 
3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Comment:Re: Ieeew - Ann R. Thryft-3/27/2013
Comment:Re: Ieeew - Ann R. Thryft-3/27/2013
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 
3/22/2013  23 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Comment:Re: Asimo - Ann R. Thryft-3/21/2013
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How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
Comment:What a dad! - Ann R. Thryft-3/13/2013
NASA Starts Biofuel Flight Tests
Engineering Materials 
3/12/2013  20 comments
NASA has begun flight tests of biofuels based on nonfood plants to determine their emissions and performance effects on jet engines.
Self-Assembly Meets 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
3/8/2013  15 comments
Self-assembly and 3D printing, two technologies at the edges of manufacturing, are on the verge of coming together to make 3D-printed objects that self-assemble when stimulated by water.
Slideshow: Plastics Are Fighting Disease
Engineering Materials 
3/7/2013  10 comments
Many of the new plastics on display at the recent MD&M West show in Anaheim, Calif. were developed specifically to help fight disease. They are also getting smaller and lighter.
Comment:Re: Winds - Ann R. Thryft-3/6/2013
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Comment:Re: Winds - Ann R. Thryft-3/5/2013
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Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
Blog 
3/4/2013  65 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
Robotic Fish Glides, Swims While Looking for Oil
Blog 
3/1/2013  7 comments
Networks of robotic fish that can glide long distances, as well as swim by flapping their tails, are being developed by Michigan State University researchers to explore the Gulf looking for spilled crude oil.


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