Materials en Taking Advantage of the Benefits of Liquid Silicone Rubber <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Proto Labs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is Liquid Silicone Rubber? Why use this material in your application? What are some application examples? Are there any drawbacks to LSR?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Design FAQs Materials Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:18:00 +0000 45121 at Packing Machinery Shipments, RRP Enjoy Upward Movement <div class="field-byline"> From Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Last year, U.S. packaging machinery shipments increased 6% to $7.9 billion. In addition, a rise in retail-ready packaging (RRP) is changing the role of secondary packaging.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturing Equipment Materials Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:28:00 +0000 44411 at 3D Printed Inverter Could Kickstart Electric Cars <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined 3D printing and a wide-bandgap version of silicon carbide to come up with a lightweight, compact 30-kW traction-drive inverter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 3D Printing Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0000 44361 at Fighting Friction with a Nanolayer of Graphene <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a method of bonding a uniform layer of graphene only one atom-thick directly to steel. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:00 +0000 44351 at <p>An atom-thick layer of bonded graphene won&rsquo;t even let a hydrogen atom penetrate it. But when the graphene wears away due to friction in an atmosphere containing hydrogen atoms, they can infiltrate the layer&mdash;but they actually repair it.</p> Adaptive Optics Lets Soldiers Zoom in on Targets <div class="node-body article-body">The scope, called the “rapid adaptive zoom for assault rifles” (Razar), lets soldiers shift magnification without taking their hands off the rifle or eyes off the target, a problem with the current scope.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:00 +0000 44341 at <p>A member of the U.S. Army&rsquo;s Special Forces demonstrates the Razar adaptive-zoom riflescope developed at Sandi National Laboratory.</p> Researchers Develop World’s Thinnest Generator <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Introducing the world’s thinnest electric generator.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:35:00 +0000 41421 at <p>Layers of molybdenum disulfide (MoS<sub>2</sub>), such as this sample, can be fashioned into light, flexible, and transparent electric generators only a few atoms thick.</p> Polonium and settled science <div class="node-body blog-body">What's up with polonium and its half-life?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Po-209 polonium Guest Commentary Materials A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 41361 at Earthquakeproofing for Concrete Bridges <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers at Washington University have developed a design for the framework of columns and beams that support reinforced concrete bridges so they will better resist earthquakes and be erected faster and less expensively.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> What's Inside? Materials Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:37:00 +0000 41251 at Metamaterials: Driving Performance in New Directions <div class="node-body article-body">Metamaterials get their amazing mechanical, electromagnetic, and acoustic properties from carefully controlled microstructures rather than from chemistry alone. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contributing Technical Experts Materials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:00 +0000 41021 at <p>Metamaterial cloaks can hide objects from bands of microwave radiation. (Image courtesy of David Schurig/Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)</p> Recycling Used Tires Into Battery Electrodes <div class="node-body article-body">Carbon black recycled from used car and truck tires could lead to better anodes for lithium-ion batteries if researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are successful. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Batteries/Power Supplies Materials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:52:00 +0000 41001 at