Materials in Production Features

Production features about how to manufacture multiple materials together and the latest production processes. This section includes manufacturing methods of both traditional and exotic materials.

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06/10/2003

A knead for greater strength

A simple technique is expected to have a revolutionary effect on making products from cements and concretes, and even affects food processing. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

22/01/2003

Featherweight steel foam bonded to steel

Tom Shelley reports on a development that has the potential to save weight – a primary consideration in a massive array of products  Read More

01/02/2002

Foam double dipping keeps its cool

A leading US maker of golfing products wanted to add insulated drinks bottles to its range  Read More

01/09/2001

Steel makes lightweight fibre sandwich

A striking new material is being piloted for the automotive industry.  Read More

01/05/2001

Nanobelts could smash technology barriers

The latest advance in nanotechnology could break the size and price barriers that current technologies impose on a variety of electronic devices.  Read More

01/05/2001

Jigsaw approach to repairable honeycomb

Honeycomb structures have proved their worth in a multitude of different applications.  Read More

01/05/2001

The chain of events in a redesign

Designing from first principles has paid dividends to one company as it claims to have "created the first new chain design in over 100 years"  Read More

01/11/2000

Materials get a spring in their step

Three major materials developments which could transform aspects of engineering design, all from research establishments in the former Soviet Union  Read More

01/10/2000

Material waves rigidity

Clever manipulation of steel leads to a panel shape which is both quiet and rigid  Read More

01/07/2000

Pushing plastic into shape

A method of recycling plastic materials into strong engineering components  Read More

01/07/2000

Crazed windows cured by sealing

Aircraft windows suffer from arrays of very fine scratches, which form on their outsides  Read More

01/03/2000

Miniature girders take the load

Mini and micro 3D girders offer advantages over honeycomb sandwich and may form the basis of future self deforming ‘smart’ materials.  Read More

01/01/2000

Nano technology twists and turns

A new magnetic material has the possibility to revolutionise a massive variety of products thanks to nano scale manipulation within a polymer  Read More

01/11/1999

Graphite foam is the king of cool

A method of making carbon-based foam that will take the heat out of a number of technologies  Read More

01/10/1998

Foam sandwich spreads the load

Aluminium foams have expanded into applications involving impact absorption.  Read More

01/09/1998

Metal foam delivers superlight components

Foamed metals are strong, rigid, fire and impact resistant, and a fraction of the weight of their conventional counterparts.  Read More

01/08/1998

Electron beam has foam in stitches

Better noise damping in cars thanks to programmable foam cushioning  Read More

01/07/1998

Working on the chain gang

Lubrication is a necessity for chain systems - but what about sensitive applications, such as food production, where lubricant may be undesirable?  Read More

01/07/1998

Wheels within plastic wheels

Two shot moulding has at last delivered the plastic puncture-proof tyre, at least for small vehicles.  Read More

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