Origami design creates a portable canoe

January 1st, 2022

The designers that launched MyCanoe nearly five years ago have been through several iterations of their packable canoe. The company’s most recent product is a lightweight, durable, foldable canoe, inspired by origami, that packs in a portable case, assembles in less than five minutes and fits in the back of most vehicles. The body of […]

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The Working Group forms to engage lightweight technologies

January 29th, 2016

A German Engineering Federation, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA), formed a working group on hybrid lightweight technologies. The Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies will be application-oriented and consider a wide range of materials and industries. Multi-material design sees materials increasingly being combined in lightweight applications. The Composite Technology Forum will be replaced with the […]

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Animated ceiling moves into Mexican mall

December 1st, 2015

The El Toreo shopping center is Mexico City’s largest retail center, built on the site of a former bullfighting arena to revitalize an area overtaken by urban sprawl. The project architect Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos specified a modern, glass ceiling with a central dome almost 200 feet in diameter that moves to adapt to climate conditions. […]

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Fabric provides lightweight, decorative storm protection

June 1st, 2008

Problem: Customers want lightweight yet attractive hurricane protection systems at a reasonable price. Solution: Storm-A-Rest™ hurricane protection systems are made of Supreme Protector®, one of the world’s strongest commercially woven fabrics, to be lightweight (2.5 ounces/square foot) and 15 times stronger than steel on a per-weight basis. The product received Florida Building Code certification for […]

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Durable Kevlar braid offers protection

May 1st, 2008

Problem: Customers want a braid or cord that offers high strength, chemical and flame-resistance, durability and protection for industrial applications. Solution: Tough Kevlar® braid is lightweight; resistant to chemicals, cuts and flame; self-extinguishing; flexible; and five times stronger than steel. SOURCE Mitchellace Inc.

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