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Bridget Cunningham | August 22, 2014

In a recent blog post, we discussed the growth in 3D metal printing and its impact on manufacturing. Today, we shift our focus from the industry as a whole to a particular technique that has been instrumental in the production of metal prototypes, as well as plastic, ceramic, and glass materials — even coffee. Selective laser sintering has taken the world of 3D printing by storm.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 19, 2014

There have been many studies of how specific materials are affected by hygroscopic swelling. Let’s explore what hygroscopic swelling is and the effect it may have on engineering designs.

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Alexandra Foley | August 15, 2014

The chemical industry is considerably important to economies around the world, playing a critical role in processes ranging from the production of clean drinking water to the manufacture of pharmaceutical products. Chemical engineers are faced with the challenge of ensuring profitability in a rapidly growing and evolving market. Packed bed reactors are one of the most common reactors used in the chemical industry due to their high conversion rate per catalyst weight compared to other catalytic reactors.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 13, 2014

With advancements in modern technologies, treating damaged biological tissue has become a quicker, less painful process. Techniques, like cryotherapy, can be used to treat internal and external tissue damage, while causing relatively little discomfort for patients.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 7, 2014

In the past, we have discussed the importance of material selection in 3D printing and how it can affect the integrity of the final product. With advancements in technology, the industry has evolved from the production of more simple materials, like plastics, to those of greater difficulty, such as metals. Here, we take a more in-depth look at 3D metal printing and its potential to revolutionize the manufacturing process.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 5, 2014

We tend to do some research before taking to the lab, but when it comes to baking, I’ve been operating in the reverse. In this lighter blog entry, we explore the role of eggs in baking by comparing traditional recipes with vegan versions as well as more modern baking techniques. Chemistry experiments you can eat? Yes, please.

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Alexandra Foley | August 1, 2014

Engineers designing space-bound satellites and solar arrays face a rather ironic challenge — lack of space. In order to overcome this problem, aerospace engineers are turning to an interesting source for inspiration: origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding.

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Fanny Littmarck | July 10, 2014

One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, a boy was born in the middle of the night during a lightning storm. Today, we remember that boy as the brilliant man he grew into — the man who contributed immensely to science and engineering: Nikola Tesla.

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Fanny Littmarck | July 4, 2014

IEEE Spectrum recently sent out a “Tech Alert” that included an article about vacuum transistors, which combine vacuum tubes and metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). The article suggests that this technology may wind up replacing traditional silicon transistors.

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Fanny Littmarck | June 20, 2014

This month, IEEE sent out the 50th anniversary issue of their magazine IEEE Spectrum. This particular issue offers an inspiring and hopeful special report on what the next 50 years will bring in terms of technology advancements.

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Mark Fowler | April 28, 2014

A recent discovery indicates that certain particles can be drawn into crystalline structures through the controlled use of ultraviolet light and chemistry. This discovery can eventually lead to the possibility of creating color-changing surfaces and materials for reasons of dynamic camouflaging.

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