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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Enjoys Premium Assembly, Weight-Cutting Measures

As a veteran manufacturing engineer, Jill Fuel was an ideal choice for the project leader for the production launch of Honda’s 2022 Civic Hatchback at Honda's...

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Aerospace

Advancing Metrology at Mach Speed

Drone-mounted inspection tools are breaking barriers for the F-35.

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Photonics/Optics

New Class of Nickel-Based Superalloys Withstands Extreme Heat

Parts remain crack-free and defect-resistant, making them conducive for use in metal-based 3D-printing applications.

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Biomedical Balloons: Understanding Their Physical and Mechanical Properties

Learn about the different material options for balloon catheters.

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3D Printable Polymer Nanocomposite Ink

The 3D printable nanocomposite polymeric ink uses carbon nanotubes.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Hidden Effects of Optical Coating Stress

For applications requiring high-energy material deposition coatings, you'll need to understand how stress can impact surface figure and system performance.

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Nanotechnology

Advanced Extrusion Techniques: How Engineered Extrusion Helps Medical Device Makers Improve Device Designs and Patient Experiences

Advances in hose and tubing manufacturing techniques are supporting new miniaturized devices and wearables.

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Nanotechnology

Carbon Fiber/Carbon Nanotube Yarn Hybrid Reinforcement

Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.

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Lightweight Steel on a (Cold) Roll

Automotive OEMs are faced with the difficult task of significantly improving fuel economy and safety, while maintaining a competitive position in the market – as well as investing in the electrified...

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Power

Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Medium Entropy Alloy

This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.

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Medical

Molding: Comparing Liquid Silicone Rubber and High Consistency Rubber for Medical Applications

Medical device OEMs often face a tough decision: Use HCR or LSR for medical device component manufacturing?

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Materials

More Bang for the Buck: A New Design and Manufacturing Method for Deep Penetrating Bomb Cases

There is a new way to design penetrators and projectiles: Composites.

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Nanotechnology

Virtual and Physical Testing of Third-Generation High Strength Steel

Developing lightweight, stiff and crash-resistant vehicle body structures requires a balance between part geometry and material properties. High-strength materials...

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Energy

Static Testing of EV Components

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. To offset the immense weight of their batteries, a heightened focus has been put on lightweighting, which has brought many new materials and...

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Photonics/Optics

Ruggedizing Coaxial and Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies from Mechanical Strain

Learn how to protect critical conductors, dielectric, and optical fibers from deforming, cracking, or unraveling

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Energy

Limiting Creep in Aerospace Materials

Creep is an especially important consideration for engineers designing jet engine turbines.

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Materials

Improving Adhesives for Wearable Sensors

To develop a better adhesive alternative, researchers turned to a polymer: poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA).

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Aerospace

Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film

This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Durable Polyimide Aerogels

Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.

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Electronics & Computers

Molecular Engineering for Mechanically Resilient and Stretchable Electronic Polymers and Composites

The ability to predict the mechanical properties of organic semiconductors is of critical importance for roll-to-roll production and...

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Connectivity

Casting Around for Lightweighting Solutions

“Get more [efficiency] from less [weight, time, cost],” is a mantra that will be chanted sotto voce by many an automotive designer and engineer facing the latest list of a new vehicle’s...

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Communications

Cable Construction for Machine Vision Connectivity

Along with the onslaught of Internet of Things (IoT) and wirelessly enabled devices, cloud connectivity has become a major benefit for a range of applications from commercial to military. As...

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Materials

Virtual Test Laboratory

The mechanical properties of sheet metal materials are directional. Their deformation behavior and their strength differ significantly depending on the viewing direction; for example, in the direction of rolling, or...

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Materials

Composite Advances Lignin as Renewable 3D Printing Material

Lignin is the material left over from the processing of biomass. It gives plants rigidity and also makes biomass resistant to being broken down into useful products. Researchers combined a melt-stable hardwood lignin with conventional plastic, a low-melting nylon, and carbon fiber to...

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Materials

Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell

A device and method have been developed to conduct compression and tensile tests on soft materials such as flocculated sediments, biopolymers, biological materials, and food stuffs. The device...

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Medical

In-Wheel Suspension on SoftWheels Provides Smooth Ride for Wheelchair Users

Daniel Barel's initial objective was straightforward. He wanted to make life more comfortable for people who are confined to wheelchairs. Curbs, different surfaces,...

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Materials

Linking Embroidery and Carbon Fiber to save Weight and Cost

The story of carbon fiber’s use by the automotive industry in medium- to high-volume manufacturing has for decades moved through chapters of high expectation and low...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Plastic Bearings Reduce Weight and Improve Durability

When engineer Mark Doyle started to put together plans for an exoskeleton to support surgeons in 2012, he wanted to develop a lightweight product that they could wear comfortably for...