• Theme: Materials - Tools - Components

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    Using the MagnetoJet printing technology to convert solid metal wire to precise molten metal droplets, the Mk 1 is the first 3D printer that uses liquid metal. Can it change the 3D printing industry?   What if a 3D printer could produce parts and components from liquid metal? That’s exactly what is promised by the Mk 1...

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    More and more manufacturers are trying to use less or even no lubrication. Is it time for a lubricant-free industrial world?   Malfunctions due to deficient lubrication cause $240 billion in damage in the U.S. every year, and the resource waste resulting from excess friction exceeds 6% of GDP. High-performance...

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    The lubricant sector is keen to embrace new technology and apply it in product applications where it makes economic and environmental sense—and one area of particular excitement is nanotechnology.   Nanomaterials possess specific properties at the nanometer length scale, roughly 1 to 100 nm, explains Mark T. Swihart,...

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    Jinhui Zhaolong is a biodegradable plastics manufacturer based in the central Chinese province of Shanxi. At last April’s CHINAPLAS fair in Shanghai, the company showcased new biodegradable solutions. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke with its president, Janice Li.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: China’s plastics industry...

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    With this bendable and ultra-thin-film solar cell designed by South Korean scientists, it will soon be possible for any wearable electronics to be self-powered. Only 1 micrometer thick and super flexible, this solar cell can bend around a 1.4 millimeter radius—such as a pencil—without any damage. The cell is made from...

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    Coffee + Orange = Plastics is the new equation the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain revealed. The scientists managed to make a bioplastic out of waste food, that could sign the end of petroleum-based PET plastic. Although making bioplastics out of food is not new, the IAAC used uncommon...

    Google’s scientists have invented a gesture-recognition system that will soon allow users to control a smartphone without touching it. Google’s Project Soli can actually see and sense the user’s tiniest hand gestures and movements, thanks to an advanced radar technology, the same type of radar than used for tracking...

    The old dream of a flying car might someday come true: The Canadian start-up Airvinci has designed the first personal flying vehicle that’s so easy to pilot that a car driver could do it. Neither a drone nor a proper helicopter, the NN2725N, or BackPack Helicopter, is thought of as an alternative to the car. It can...

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    Concerns about the environmental impact of fluids and lubricants have resulted in new eco solutions. But choosing the best option is not that simple.   Worldwide, more than 50% of lubricants are discharged into the environment, according to the Baden-Württemberg State Environmental Protection Agency. Germany’s RWTH...

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    Lubrication is needed for everything in the airplane industry, from the landing gear to the gear box for the engines. The safe operation of the aircraft depends on it. The Lifeblood of the Airplane Dave Nickson co-founded U.K.-based Sil-Mid, which stocks a wide range of lubricants from manufacturers including Shell...

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