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New Lightning Strike System Eyed For Dreamliner

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 16, 2011
One of the big engineering questions with the Boeing Dreamliner was how to provide lightning strike protection in a plastic-bodied aircraft.  Composites have up to 1,000 times less electrical...

Trend Alert: Systems Design Consultancies

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 15, 2011
Well … it’s not exactly a new trend, but definitely one I’m seeing  a lot more of.A good bit of news around this trend was seen and heard during the ARC Advisory Group meeting in Orlando...

A Peek into the Automation Pipeline

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 10, 2011
I spent the first part of this week at the annual ARC Advisory Group event in Orlando. To my knowledge, I am not aware of another event where so many of the world’s most significant players in...

SpaceClaim Inks OEM Deal with CRTech

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 9, 2011
Score another win for the guys at SpaceClaim. The company this week announced another OEM contract with C&R Technologies (CRTech), a maker of software for heat transfer analysis and fluid flow...

New TPU Targets Silicone in Pumps

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 9, 2011
Lubrizol has developed a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) urethane that targets replacement of silicone in peristaltic pumps. Peristaltic pumps are positive displacement pumps used to pump a...

Molded Ceramic Medical Parts Are Tiny

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 9, 2011
One of the themes at the Medical Design and Manufacturing West event being held this week in Anaheim, CA is tiny. Medical devices are becoming smaller. That’s putting a lot of pressure on...

The Urge to Innovate

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 8, 2011
With all the press China gets these days as being the future of all things, it’s a wonder why all of us in the West haven’t just packed it in and ceded the future to the seemingly predestined...

Ford Tests Spheres Made From Ash Waste

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 8, 2011
Ford has emerged as a leader in green technologies, particularly in the use of soybeans to produce foam for car seats. Our sister publication Modern Plastics Worldwide reports that Ford now plans...

Rising Materials' Prices Pressure Design Engineers

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 4, 2011
Brace for higher prices for industrial materials in coming months. Rising prices are triggering inventory building, creating the strongest demand for steel, nonferrous metals, and plastics in more...

Autodesk Helps Teens Tinker With Engineering

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 3, 2011
Parents eyeballing any future engineers may want to take note. Autodesk, in its continued effort to make science and engineering more accessible and let’s face it, more fun, has come out with a...