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Bio Inspired Materials: The Electric Eel

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by

New Materials & Applications


When it comes to designing new materials, it’s often worth turning to nature for inspiration. After millions of years of evolution there’s a vast array of complex materials all around us. Continue reading “Bio Inspired Materials: The Electric Eel” »

3D Printed “Smart Particles” Promise Revolutionary Micro Structures

Posted on January 9th, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Picture for a moment a pile of bricks, where each brick could be somehow programmed to intelligently self-assemble with the others.  As you’d imagine, making a complex structure like a house or a castle with technology like this would be a trivial task. Continue reading “3D Printed “Smart Particles” Promise Revolutionary Micro Structures” »

The Plastic Bank Addressing Human Problems

Posted on January 8th, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Most engineering challenges stretch far beyond the technical. The technical elements are just a piece of the puzzle and are often the easier parts to solve. It’s normally the social, economic or political parts of the problem that are the most difficult. Continue reading “The Plastic Bank Addressing Human Problems” »

Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 12 – Holistic Approach to Project Approval

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


The project described in my previous posts illustrates that obtaining project approval can be a challenging activity… especially when there is resistance to implementation, which is almost always the case in some regard. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 12 – Holistic Approach to Project Approval” »

Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 by

New Materials & Applications

3D printed sphere

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Will 2017 be remembered as the year 3D printing matured beyond prototyping to production? Ponder this quick compilation reporting the biggest, the best, or the most impressive from the following year. Continue reading “Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017” »

Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation

Posted on December 27th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


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With urban buildings going higher and constrained footprints straining emergency egress, one company eyes a novel approach through windows rather than doors. Continue reading “Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation” »

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