Materials in Production News

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24/11/2010

Nanocoating sprays offer versatility for large scale processes

Scientists claim to have developed a new range of nanocoating sprays with optical, electronic, and biological properties. According to researchers from the Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg, the ultrathin coatings are especially versatile and suitable for large scale processes.  Read More

24/11/2010

Breakthrough 3d molecular structures set to shape future of nanotechnology?

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have, for the first time, demonstrated how 3d molecular structures can be built on a surface; a breakthrough they claim will shape the future of nanotechnology.  Read More

22/09/2010

Titanium foams replace injured bones

A new kind of implant, made of titanium foam, has been announced by researchers from the Fraunhofer institute.  Read More

20/09/2010

Innovative hi-tech dress to be unveiled at BEEAs

A hi-tech dress designed by a 17 year old student will be unveiled at this year's British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) on 14th October.  Read More

15/06/2010

Squeeze formed wheels are lighter and stronger

Squeeze formed wheels for the Warrior FV150 Infantry Fighting Vehicle are 35% lighter and have a performance life four times longer than traditional forged steel wheels for armoured fighting vehicles, according to GKN Land Systems.  Read More

04/02/2010

Spray on liquid glass is on the way

Researchers have announced a new spray on liquid glass, which they claim is transparent, non-toxic and that can protect a wide range of surfaces from water, radiation, dirt and bacteria.   Read More

14/01/2010

Glasses cases incorporate innovative clear plastic material

A British design and innovation company has engineered and manufactured an innovative clear glasses case using a new clear plastic material made by DuPont.  Read More

30/09/2009

Diamond electronic devices pave way for lower cost renewable energy

Durham based Evince Technology says it has developed the worlds first commercial diamond electronic device.  Read More

13/07/2009

Carbon composite process improves surface finish by eliminating lacquer

Automotive and motorsport technology specialist, Prodrive, has developed an answer to the problem of lacquer deterioration on visible carbon composite parts.  Read More

03/06/2009

BASF supports environmentally friendly Formula 3 car

BASF's Catalysts Division is supporting the first racing car designed and made from renewable materials. The WorldFirst Formula 3 car, which was developed by the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC) at the University of Warwick, has recently completed successful test runs.  Read More

20/03/2009

Deadline close for Euro materials funding

Anyone interested in participating in the funding initiative for the Matera+ pan European materials project needs to file their pre proposal online by May 15th 2009,   Read More

16/03/2009

Ceramic sintering modelled successfully

Software has been developed that will hopefully remove the trial and error element from developing ceramic components   Read More

10/02/2009

Cleaner and cheaper pcbs

Researchers are exploring whether laser technology can provide a low-cost, chemical-free method of making a key component used in electronic products from microwave ovens to computers.   Read More

28/01/2009

Bone inspired hybrid foams

A group of Fraunhofer Institutes is engaged in a project to develop hybrid foams, that they say, could combine the flexibility of plastics with the resilience of metal to create a material with entirely new properties.  Read More

04/07/2008

On a roll

Advances in steels and roll forming machines are lowering the cost of making structural, high strength 3D parts  Read More

03/05/2007

Backing Smart materials

Namtec is looking to help manufacturers access awards of up to £5,000 for the development of ‘Smart’ materials  Read More

18/09/2006

Batteries use plastic instead of metal

US engineers have created a battery that uses plastic, rather than metal, to conduct electrical current.  Read More

14/09/2006

Ipods incorporated into suits

Clothing manufacturer Bagir will use smart fabrics to turn a suit lapel into a five-button panel – allowing users to browse through their iPods  Read More

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