Special Coverage


'Snap' Design Mimics Venus Flytrap

A team led by physicist Christian Santangelo at the University of Massachusetts Amherst uses curved creases to give thin shells a fast, programmable snapping motion. The technique – inspired by the natural "snapping systems" like Venus flytrap leaves and hummingbird beaks – avoids the need for complicated materials and fabrication methods when creating structures with fast dynamics.

Posted in: News, Joining & Assembly


Parylene Solves Biocompatibility and Reliability Challenges Facing Designers

Designers and manufacturers over a broad industry spectrum often seek key competitive advantages through the use of conformal coatings to preserve or enhance one or more key properties or functions. These desired functions may be electrical and barrier protection, dry film lubricity, stabilization of delicate microstructures, biocompatibility, antimicrobial features or a combination of one or more of these properties. Advances in technology have driven many part sizes and complexities beyond the capabilities of many traditional conformal coatings.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Coatings & Adhesives


Benefits of Low-Volume Production

Learn how to decrease your time to market as well as reducing risk and cost associated with injection molding. Although low-volume production is typically used at the beginning of the product life cycle, it can also be useful at the end of a products life. In this presentation you will not only learn about plastic injection molding but also liquid silicone rubber, metal and magnesium injection molding. Learn the ins and outs of low volume production and how it can benefit you and your product.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Plastics


Advanced Thermal Management Solutions: Heat Pipes, Pumped Systems and Thermal Storage

How They Work and When They Should be Used This Webinar will discuss principles of the major thermal management solutions being implemented today. We will review the fundamentals of heat pipes, pumped liquid systems, pumped two phase systems and thermal storage. Basic heat transfer equations will be presented and explained for each.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Coatings & Adhesives


Design For Manufacturability - Advanced Technologies That Aid Engineers In The Transition From Design To Production

In conjunction with SAE The aerospace industry is embracing technological breakthroughs concerning advanced materials and additive manufacturing to maximize manufacturing efficiencies. As a result, engineering’s emphasis has switched from understanding the basics of advanced materials and additive manufacturing to incorporating them into the early stages of designs. This webcast will look at processes and tools being used by engineers throughout the industry to maximize the communication and collaboration skills between design and manufacturing so that better decisions are made early in the development stage, no matter how small the component or how big the aircraft. Webinar attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during an Audience Q&A.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars


Lightweight, Flexible, Energy-Manageable Polymer Nanocomposites

Applications include solar power panels on aircraft wings or building roofs, and in hybrid car engines. Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Solar energy has attracted keen attention because it is a unique, clean, and sustainable energy resource. It is also widely utilized as a power source in space exploration. A lightweight, durable, deployable, and highly efficient all polymer-based solar power panel was developed comprising a highly efficient thermoelectric conducting polymer composite layer and highly efficient solar absorbance/passive cooling coatings for maximizing efficiency of the power conversion.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP


Nanocomposites for Radiation Shielding

Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Currently, lead and lead-based materials are used to fabricate shields not only for X-rays, but also for other types of radiation. With the growing environmental concern about the toxicity of lead, and the high costs associated with transporting heavy lead-based shields in spacecraft, alternatives are needed for fabricating X-ray shields that are less toxic and lighter.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP


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