Featured in this issue:      INVISTA  |  Celanese Corporation  |  Osborne Industries, Inc.  |  Crown Plastics Co., Inc.  |  SABIC  |  Fenner Precision  |  Zeus, Inc.
 
13 August 2014
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Touch Screens with Real Reaction
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Touch Screens with Real Reaction
 
Inspired by a child's toy — those pin screens that let you create shapes when you touch them — a team from MIT has created a touchscreen that not only lets you touch the glass, but allows you to interact with the object you're touching, as seen in this video. It works like a normal touch screen, but you work with an object on a table loaded with 900 polymer "pins" that allow you to move it in real-time. The technology could be used for gaming, CAD modeling, and more.
 
 
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Have You Heard? Uniquely Structured Polyol for Viscoelastic Foam
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Have You Heard? Uniquely Structured Polyol for Viscoelastic Foam
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INVISTA's uniquely structured, aliphatic TERRIN™ polyols allow manufacturers to create viscoelastic foam, as well as a variety of polyurethane products designed to be soft and flexible or hard and stiff. Learn more about this cost-effective alternative to standard polyether/polyester polyols.
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Computational Materials
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To truly understand a material's breaking point, researchers from Columbia University used the supercomputer at Brookhaven Lab to find out how and why materials — particularly ultra thin ones — break down under stress. Their findings uncovered a phase transition that causes a change to the original crystalline structure that leads to failure or loss of other mechanical properties.
 
 
 
 
Polymers Contain Waste
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Polymers Contain Waste
 
Building on their own research, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is watching the installation of their newest material to store hazardous waste all around the world. The material stabilizes sodium bentonite clay, widely used in waste containment applications, with a polymer that assures the clay swells adequately in harsh conditions.
 
Composites . . .
 
3D Printing a Balsa Alternative
 
Fast growing, and with an impressive weight-to-strength ratio, wood from the balsa tree has been used in aerospace and turbine applications for years. But its expense has limited its widespread use. But now, as seen in this video, Harvard researchers have devised a method to 3D print a composite that mimics the wood's best properties.
 
 
 
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All-electric Plane Relies on Composites
 
Touting it as the "first all-electric production aircraft in the world," Airbus is introducing its E-Fan 2.0 and 4.0 two- and four-seater aircraft. Made lightweight with composite materials, the twin of the craft is designed for flight training and flying clubs. The E-Fan electric twin should be hitting the skies in 2017. See the plane take off in this video of the Farnborough Air Show 2014.
 
 
 
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Custom Thermoplastic Composites from Crown Plastics
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Custom Thermoplastic Composites from Crown Plastics
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Create custom thin-gauge composites with Crown Plastics' unique continuous pressure belt processing method. Processing temperatures to 700° F make thermoplastic composites reinforced with Kevlar, glass, carbon fiber, etc. a reality. Reduce trial and development costs. E-mail Marketing@CrownPlastics.com for brochure and information today.
 
 
 
 
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Stitching Stretchable Electronics
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When you think of stretchable polymers and what types of machines you'd use to make them, a standard sewing machine rarely comes to mind. But that's exactly what a team from Purdue University has used to create wearable electronics. They've used an elastomer called Ecoflex and a zigzag machine pattern. The material can stretch up to 500% of its length.
 
 
 
 
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Made lighter in weight using polymer component parts, Harley Davidson is unveiling its newest hog around the country. The twist — it's an electric motorcycle. Riders are responding to its sleek new look, but their major complaint is the bike is too quiet. So Harley plans to add a component to make it sound right.
 
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Manufactured Black Hole
 
British researchers have created a material so black, they're calling it the closest thing on earth to a black hole. It's so black it's difficult to distinguish features with the human eye, and can absorb so much light it's able to improve imaging systems. Called Vantablack, the material was created with common nanotechnology applied to optics.
 
 
 
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UberThin Wires Promise Smaller Electronics
 
A student at Vanderbilt University has developed a means to spin transitional-metal dichalcogenides only three atoms thick, as seen in the video. Using electrons in a finely focused beam, he has developed a new wire that is 1,000x thinner than what is currently used in electronics. The research paves the way for ever smaller electronics.
 
 
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Grout and Tongue Seals for Offshore Wind Energy
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Grout and Tongue Seals for Offshore Wind Energy
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Fenner Precision manufactures reinforced polymer grout and tongue seals for the offshore wind farm industry. These seals are used in passive systems in contrast to alternative inflatable active systems. The competitive advantages of these seals are more efficient and cost-effective operation.
 
 
 
 
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Careers . . .
 
 
Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Producing Plastic with Powder Processes
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Producing Plastic with Powder Processes
 
The ASTM F3091/F3091M specification describes a method for defining requirements and ensuring component integrity for plastic parts created using powder bed fusion processes. Materials include unfilled formulations and formulations containing fillers, functional additives (for example, flame retardants), and reinforcements or combinations.

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