Materials http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8234/more en Taking Advantage of the Benefits of Liquid Silicone Rubber http://machinedesign.com/materials/taking-advantage-benefits-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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/taking-advantage-benefits-liquid-silicone-rubber" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/taking-advantage-benefits-liquid-silicone-rubber#comments Design FAQs Materials Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:18:00 +0000 45121 at http://machinedesign.com Packing Machinery Shipments, RRP Enjoy Upward Movement http://machinedesign.com/materials/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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/packing-machinery-shipments-rrp-enjoy-upward-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/packing-machinery-shipments-rrp-enjoy-upward-movement#comments Manufacturing Equipment Materials Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:28:00 +0000 44411 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printed Inverter Could Kickstart Electric Cars http://machinedesign.com/materials/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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/3d-printed-inverter-could-kickstart-electric-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/3d-printed-inverter-could-kickstart-electric-cars#comments 3D Printing Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0000 44361 at http://machinedesign.com Fighting Friction with a Nanolayer of Graphene http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-graphene" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/fighting-friction-nanolayer-graphene#comments Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:00 +0000 44351 at http://machinedesign.com <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 http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-targets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/adaptive-optics-lets-soldiers-zoom-targets#comments Materials News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:00 +0000 44341 at http://machinedesign.com <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 http://machinedesign.com/materials/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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/researchers-develop-world-s-thinnest-generator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/researchers-develop-world-s-thinnest-generator#comments Materials Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:35:00 +0000 41421 at http://machinedesign.com <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 http://machinedesign.com/blog/polonium-and-settled-science-0 <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="http://machinedesign.com/blog/polonium-and-settled-science-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/polonium-and-settled-science-0#comments Po-209 polonium Guest Commentary Materials A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 41361 at http://machinedesign.com Earthquakeproofing for Concrete Bridges http://machinedesign.com/materials/earthquakeproofing-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="http://machinedesign.com/materials/earthquakeproofing-concrete-bridges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/earthquakeproofing-concrete-bridges#comments What's Inside? Materials Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:37:00 +0000 41251 at http://machinedesign.com Metamaterials: Driving Performance in New Directions http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-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="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-new-directions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/metamaterials-driving-performance-new-directions#comments Contributing Technical Experts Materials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:00 +0000 41021 at http://machinedesign.com <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 http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/recycling-used-tires-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="http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/recycling-used-tires-battery-electrodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/recycling-used-tires-battery-electrodes#comments Batteries/Power Supplies Materials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:52:00 +0000 41001 at http://machinedesign.com