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Bio-inspired Materials: The Conch Shell

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

From the very first wheel, the process of engineering has always been deeply inspired by nature. The Wright brothers, for example, spent hours studying the flight of birds before designing their airplane.

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Make America Make Again

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

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Even the most innovative idea will remain just that if no one figures out how to make it. National Manufacturing Day encourages the next generation of makers. Continue reading “Make America Make Again” »

3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

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When your cool new generative design optimizes load bearing versus material but is cost prohibitive to 3D print in metal, think sand. Continue reading “3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap” »

3D Printed Soft Muscle Could Mean Lifelike Robots

Posted on September 27th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

3D printed muscle

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Researchers at Columbia Engineering have further narrowed the gap between science-fiction and reality by 3D printing muscle. Continue reading “3D Printed Soft Muscle Could Mean Lifelike Robots” »

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