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65 msec airbag deployment no sweat for glass-reinforced polyamide
Quadrant Creative Moulding & Systems (Quadrant CMS) in Belgium and Swedish Tier-1 automotive supplier Autoliv have developed a polymer airbag housing for the Fiat 500 (cinquecento in Italian).
Polymer springs into action
Energy absorbing springs used in seal and backup rings for the oil and gas industry were historically made from ferrous metals. Problem is, over time the metals not only corrode but also score the backup ring shaft as the seal wears away.
Tough rack's got panache
Kramer Rack Plus is a truck ladder rack that's rugged enough for hauling ladders, piping, scaffolding, and lumber.
Building a tug-of-war machine
An aluminum structural-frame assembly lets scientists, engineers, and space enthusiasts test their material might in a race to develop the world’s strongest tether
From art to certified biocompatible part in record time
The industry's first portfolio of biocompatible engineering plastic stock shapes for machining are USP Class V and VI certified and FDA and ISO 10993 compliant.
Copper-jacketed germ buster
Copper and its alloys may be the latest weapon against superbugs.
Smooth sailing
United Internet Team Germany entered this year's challenge for the America's Cup with a newly designed yacht dubbed the GER 89.
No more PVC?
In what could be a trendsetting move, the fifth largest retailer in the U.S. agrees to systematically reduce PVC use in many of its products.
Biomaterial-based stent makes clinical trial debut 1
A revolutionary, new biomaterial, developed at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials at Rutgers University has moved from the lab bench to field testing in record time.
Smart pioneers first full polypropylene body panels
The Smart fortwo is the first commercialized car to have full body panels made from polypropylene.
Composite rides the waves
The Ultimate Kayak from Legacy Paddlesports is the first commercial application to feature formed, large, three-dimensional parts made from Tegris fabric.
Aluminum wheels add to Lamborghini Reventon’s “Wow” factor
Alcoa Wheel Products, a Cleveland business unit of Alcoa, is the exclusive supplier for all wheels on the special edition Lamborghini Murcielago Reventon .
World’s first single-nanotechnology catalyst
Mazda Motor Corp. uses a proprietary single-nanotechnology to build a new automotive catalyst.
Materials Engineering: Flow control: A novel use for porous metal
The Cassini space probe traveled more than 2.2 billion miles to reach Saturn in 2004.
Smooth burning V6 and V8 engines
Tumble valve bearings in manifolds of next-gen V6 and V8 Mercedes Benz engines are reportedly the first to be made from an in-mold assembly process.
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