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13/02/2015

Service provides on-demand design and optimisation

Established to provide design and optimisation expertise for additive manufactured components to the high end engineering industries, Additive Design Consultancy (ADC), is a new company, based in Essex.  Read More

12/02/2015

Microscopic visualisation examines how steels fracture

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have visualised, step-by-step, and on a microscopic level, how certain steels fracture when extreme loads are applied to them. This could help to improve materials used in the automobile industry.  Read More

23/01/2015

Elastic waves captured and controlled says research team

Engineering researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a material that has the ability to control elastic waves and believe their technology might have a range of applications.  Read More

22/01/2015

Hardide adds US manufacturing facility

Surface coating specialist Hardide Coatings is investing £4.5million in a US manufacturing plant to support customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets. The investment follows a recent increase in the capacity of Hardide's UK facility in Bicester.   Read More

21/01/2015

Project launched to half the weight of car exhaust pipes

A project to cut the weight of car exhausts in half is being supported by a grant from the Niche Vehicle Network's Research and Development Programme. Experts from JSE-UK, Unipart Eberspächer and Coventry University - in conjunction with a local high-performance vehicle manufacturer - plan to design and make exhaust systems weighing just 20kg through an intense six-month project.   Read More

20/01/2015

Less toxic fuel cells

A new fuel cell concept is set to enhance efficiency while simultaneously removing hazardous heavy metal ions.  Read More

15/01/2015

Scottish steel market set for expansion

Following a successful first 18 months for Barrett's Tube Division in Scotland, the company has announced a major investment north of the border with the launch of Barrett Steel Scotland.  Read More

12/01/2015

£9m Russian rolls contract for Sheffield engineering firm

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured contracts for forged steel rolls with Russia worth more than £9 million.  Read More

16/12/2014

New alloy offers highest strength-to-weight ratio

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed an alloy that has a low density similar to that of aluminum, but is stronger than titanium.  Read More

14/10/2014

Nanodiamonds boost wear resistance of nickel plating

Materials specialist Carbodeon has achieved a threefold improvement in the wear resistance of electroless nickel through the addition of nanodiamonds.  Read More

30/09/2014

Stronger, lighter steel developed for automotive industry

Tata Steel has developed a new grade of steel for the automotive industry. The move is in response to market requirements for stronger and lighter steels.  Read More

02/09/2014

Steel pistons cut fuel consumption by 3%

As part of its quest for ever greater fuel economy, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the aluminium pistons in its diesel passenger cars with hi-tech steel ones.  Read More

26/06/2014

Airbus puts its faith in 3D printed parts

Airbus, in conjunction with tier 1 supplier GKN Aerospace, is increasingly exploring the possibilities of using additive manufacturing (AM) to produce parts for its jetliners.  Read More

24/06/2014

Material is as light as aerogel but 10,000 times stronger

In a development that could revolutionise the aerospace and automotive industries, researchers from MIT and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a new class of ultra lightweight materials that are as light as aerogels, yet 10,000 stronger.  Read More

20/06/2014

Aerospace castings facility gets £7m cash injection

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has secured £7million in funding for research into large titanium castings for the next generation of aircraft.  Read More

18/06/2014

Bloodhound SSC: Inside the cockpit of a 1,000mph car

Described by driver Andy Green as his '1,000mph office', the Bloodhound SSC's new cockpit is a true showcase of world class engineering design.  Read More

09/04/2014

Stronger, more ductile steel the promise of new technique

Researchers have found a way to improve the strength of steel without sacrificing ductility.  Read More

26/03/2014

EOS has metal materials for AM applications

German manufacturer EOS has introduced two new materials for 3D printing applications – the titanium Ti64ELI and the EOS StainlessSteel 316L.  Read More

21/03/2014

Self-healing paint stops military vehicles from rusting

A powder that could allow scratched or chipped paint to 'heal like human skin' is being investigated by researchers at the Office of Naval Research and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.  Read More

14/03/2014

Titanium seats cut aircraft weight

Lightweight aircraft passenger seats have been developed by French firm Expliseat.  Read More

28/01/2014

UK steel production on road to recovery

British crude steel production averaged 228,000 tonnes a week in 2013, 23.7% higher than the previous year.  Read More

14/01/2014

Plastic manifold to feature on Ford's latest V6 engine

Ford has swapped out brazed metal manifold components in two of its new V6 engines with a lightweight plastic part made from DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin.  Read More

18/12/2013

AM holds promise for cheaper aircraft parts

A recent study has concluded that the cost of some aircraft parts could be substantially reduced if additive manufacturing methods were used instead of more traditional processes.  Read More

11/12/2013

Titanium used to 3D print automotive parts

A UK company has found a way to produce titanium powder at a much lower cost than was previously possible.  Read More

16/10/2013

3D printing enters 'metal age'

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to take 3D printing "into the metal age" by building printed parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects that can withstand extreme loads and temperatures up to 3,000°C.  Read More

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