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posted in April 2012

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Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Automotive Lightweighting Funding Renewed by White House
Engineering Materials 
4/26/2012  19 comments
The White House has approved $14.2 million of new Department of Energy funding to promote the development of stronger, lighter composites and metals for cars.
Comment:Re: algae - Ann R. Thryft-4/25/2012
Slideshow: NPE Plastics Conference Showcases Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2012  14 comments
NPE2012 highlighted many sustainable plastics, some of which are recyclable at the end-product stage, some that are made of recycled materials, and some that are constructed of bio-materials.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2012  10 comments
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Comment:Re: RECYCLE - Ann R. Thryft-4/20/2012
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
Blog 
4/20/2012  69 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
Plexiglas Gets Performance 'Rnewal'
Product News 
4/19/2012  33 comments
A crystal clear, transparent version of Plexiglas with superior strength has been formulated by combining Altuglas' polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with NatureWorks' Ingeo biopolymer.
Recycled Bottles Used for Heavy Truck Parts
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2012  21 comments
Recycled plastic bottles have become a PBT resin used to make the brackets of the side air deflection system in heavy trucks.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
News 
4/17/2012  26 comments
Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
ABB Robot Package Simplifies Palletizing Automation
Product News 
4/16/2012  17 comments
A robot package that puts together hardware and software for automating high-speed, end-of-line palletizing is easier to program and integrate into existing lines.
Single-Camera 3D Microscope Eases Fatigue
Product News 
4/13/2012  7 comments
A single-lens 3D microscope is designed to improve the alignment of stereo images and save engineers from the discomfort typically associated with industrial inspection.
Innovative Fasteners Beat the Heat
News 
4/12/2012  11 comments
Coupling thinner alloys without shearing is a big win for automotive and aerospace apps.
3D Printable Robots Get NSF Research Funding
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2012  25 comments
A new research program aims to let consumers produce their own customized robots with 3D printers and paper.
Robotic Bugs Tested for Tactical Operations
News 
4/6/2012  30 comments
The US government is about to begin testing two small tactical robots with motions based on the movements of a flea and a cockroach.
Femtosecond Camera Sees Around Corners
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2012  17 comments
A video camera system sees beyond the line of sight using a femtosecond laser that bounces light off of walls and floors.
Amphibious Plane Skis on Composites
News 
4/4/2012  26 comments
Composites form the structure of the AKOYA skiplane, which can land on water, dry land, or snow.
China Teams With Boeing to Increase Aircraft Production
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2012  26 comments
China is becoming much more involved in the production of commercial aircraft, including new aluminum alloys for use in large planes, such as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.


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