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A Brief History of PLM

By Rob Spiegel | July 4, 2017

Silk Sensor Could Speed Development of Composite Materials

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 4, 2017

Researchers have developed a new sensor that can help detect damage in composite materials during their development, an advancement that facilitates the design of stronger and better composites.

What’s Next in 3D Printing? Stronger FDM Parts

By Rob Spiegel | July 3, 2017

While 3D printing has exploded with possibilities over the past five years, there are some tricky issues that hold the process back from leaving its prototyping past and shifting to a full-blown manufacturing process. One impediments is speed. The other barrier is strength when it comes to the commonly used fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing process.

Mathematical Model Holds Key for New Clean-Energy Storage Materials Design

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 3, 2017

Wide-scale storage is currently the Holy Grail of researchers designing energy-storage solutions for clean energy, and scientists at Stanford University have come closer to achieving it with a new mathematical model for designing materials.

What Do Engineers Listen to While They Work?

By Chris Wiltz | June 30, 2017


Block Polymers Eyed for Next-Gen Battery, Medical, Energy Apps

By Elizabeth Montalbano | June 30, 2017

Researchers have made improvements in the development of block polymers for use as advanced materials in energy generation, information storage, medical devices and other applications

By Elizabeth Montalbano

Predictive Diagnostics System Could Simplify Pump Maintenance

By Charles Murray | June 29, 2017

A group of industry suppliers is converging around the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a predictive maintenance system for pumps, motors and other factory floor assets.

Duke Researchers Find a Shortcut to Predicting New Magnetic Materials

By Tracey Schelmetic | June 29, 2017

High-performance magnets are ubiquitous in technology today, from hard drives to hybrid and electric vehicles to medical imaging equipment. The development of these magnets is a story itself. Only about 5 percent of inorganic materials are magnetic at all, and the development of high-performance magnets has proven to be a long and unpredictable process that largely relied on trial and error.

Do You Trust Autonomous Cars?

By Charles Murray | June 28, 2017

The recent comment about autonomous cars by Governor Jay Inslee of Washington might just be a slip of the tongue, or it might be an indicator of how confused the American public has become about self-driving vehicles.

Inslee, after signing an executive order allowing automakers to begin testing autonomous cars on his state’s roads, unwisely used the term “foolproof” to describe the technology.

4D Printing Process Eliminates Need for Training

By RP Siegel | June 28, 2017

4D printingResearchers at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) along with collaborators at Georgia Tech, have made a breakthrough in the development of 4D printing