Materials in Production News

The latest news on trends in processes, mould tools, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, metal finishing, composite tooling, additive manufacture, composite processing and more.

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08/01/2015

Artificial eyes get help from industrial grinding wheels

Industrial abrasive wheels are being used by Moorfields Eye Hospital to help produce its prosthetic eyes. A wax mould is used is used to cast the acrylic plastic that is trimmed back using the Scotch-Brite EXL Unitised Wheel XL-UW, made by 3M, normally used to deburr metal parts in industry.  Read More

02/12/2014

Heat-conducting plastics unveiled

Researchers in the US have found a way to create heat-conducting plastics.  Read More

16/11/2014

Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More

13/11/2014

BEEAs winner designs Baton for Commonwealth Games

The Baton for this summer's Commonwealth Games was designed and produced with the help of 2013 British Engineering Excellence Award winner, Young Design Engineer of the Year, Michael Aldridge.  Read More

08/10/2014

Hot forging high grade steels

Stainless Steel Fasteners (SSF) says it is the first fastener company to be awarded NORSOK M-650 accreditation by Statoil ASA. The quality standard is renowned as one of the most demanding for suppliers of special materials.  Read More

06/10/2014

Hydrophone boost in the offing

Morgan Advanced Materials is able to manufacture fully encapsulated hydrophone assemblies in a move that sees it further expand its capabilities in high-specification piezo ceramic (PZT) components for defence and commercial sonar applications.  Read More

25/09/2014

Materials to have ability to 'feel'

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like skin that is able to detect injury and damage, essentially enabling an ability to 'feel' the world around them.  Read More

23/09/2014

Next-gen pylon to be made in UK

UK steel maker Mabey Bridge is to build the support towers for a new generation of pylon structures that could be rolled out across the UK network. The contract awarded by National Grid is for the first six T-shape pylons that are due to be trialled at a test facility in Nottinghamshire.   Read More

05/09/2014

Composite fan blades boost aircraft fuel efficiency

GE is utilising a next generation carbon fibre composite for the fan blades of its new GE9X engine, which it says will deliver fuel savings of around 5%.  Read More

29/07/2014

'Super black' material absorbs 99.96% of light

UK scientists have produced a pure coating of carbon capable of absorbing 99.96% of light – the highest figure ever recorded.  Read More

09/07/2014

Government warned to act over material shortages

The government needs to urgently address escalating risks to the UK's supply of essential materials, according to a report out by EEF.  Read More

10/06/2014

'Super steel' created for tougher military vehicles

A new form of steel has been developed that is not only incredibly strong and lightweight, but also cheap and simple to manufacture.  Read More

16/05/2014

Harder ceramic developed for military vehicle windows

In a development that could significantly improve the strength of transparent ceramics, a group of experts from the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has come up with a new way to make spinel, an armour material used in the windows of military vehicles.  Read More

12/05/2014

Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

Self-healing plastics have been around for about a decade, but they have never been able to heal damage much larger than the width of a human hair.  Read More

29/04/2014

New-and-improved Geckskin developed

Two years after unveiling a gecko-inspired, reusable adhesive known as Geckskin, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have unveiled a new version that, unlike its predecessor, also works on rough surfaces like drywall and wood.  Read More

28/02/2014

Aerogel offers ‘greener’ way to clean up oil spills

A new type of aerogel technology is being developed in the US, which could offer a cheaper and 'greener' way to absorb oil and heavy metals from water.  Read More

13/02/2014

£10m boost for advanced materials research

A £10.3million grant has been awarded to four UK universities to find safer, more sustainable alternatives to the rare, expensive and difficult to source raw materials used by industry.   Read More

30/01/2014

Technique paves way for shatter-proof glass

Taking inspiration from natural structures like seashells and teeth, researchers in Canada have been able to significantly increase the toughness of glass.  Read More

27/01/2014

Flexible materials to manipulate sound and light

Flexible, layered materials textured with nanoscale wrinkles could be used to control the wavelengths and distribution of waves of sound and light. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US say the technique could have numerous applications from non-destructive testing (NDT) to sound suppression.  Read More

20/01/2014

Carbon nanotubes used to create flame-resistant coating

A carbon nanotube-based coating, said to greatly reduce the flammability of foam used in furniture, has been unveiled by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers.  Read More

05/12/2013

Nylon material engineered for additive manufacturing

A new 3D printing material has been introduced by Stratasys, which it says enables the creation of tougher, more flexible unfilled nylon parts.  Read More

28/11/2013

Graphene used to create 'smallest' FM radio transmitter

Engineers from New York's Columbia University have created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM radio signals.  Read More

22/11/2013

Engineered surfaces are ‘most water-resistant ever’

Taking inspiration from nature, researchers in the US have engineered what they believe are the most super-hydrophobic surfaces yet.  Read More

20/11/2013

Polymer coating used to create ‘self-healing’ battery electrode

In a breakthrough which could significantly extend the lifetime of Li-ion batteries, researchers in the US have created a battery electrode that can 'heal itself'.  Read More

14/11/2013

Thermal filler increases polymer conductivity by 25%

Finnish materials company Carbodeon has developed a new thermal filler that is said to increase the conductivity of thermally conductive polymers by 25%.  Read More

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