Rubber and Plastics Features

Find in depth design and production features about plastics and rubber innovations. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions about rubber and plastic materials, how to design to get the most from them, their manufacture, and then what to do when it comes to disposal.

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09/12/2005

Polymers guarantee compliance

Dean Palmer talks to a global supplier of engineering polymers, which has just launched an initiative targeted at manufacturers of medical devices  Read More

09/12/2005

Mix and match brings out the best from polyolefins

Tom Shelley reports on new PE and PP developments that enable solutions that save users a pile of money   Read More

08/12/2005

Protective layer prevents MRSA

A new polyester film that incorporates inorganic anti-microbial protection is being used on a new bedpan dispenser range.   Read More

14/11/2005

Composite valves save weight and cost

Tom Shelley reports on the advantages of switching from brass to advanced composites in marine valves   Read More

15/09/2005

Better performance, less material

Advanced simulation tools have been used to develop new materials that optimise the performance capabilities of plastic/metal composites, or hybrids, offering improved flowability.  Read More

03/08/2005

Everything you could possibly want to know about PE

Tom Shelley reviews a 'must have' for the materials bookshelf   Read More

04/05/2005

Silicone solves sensor output drift problem

Surface mount components are providing pressure sensor manufacturers with the ability to pack greater processing power while achieving a reduction in sensor size, writes Dean Palmer  Read More

04/05/2005

Polymer swirl generator ups turbocharger efficiencies

By using a flexible polymer for a swirl generator, with blades that auto-adjust to incoming airflows, BMW has improved engine turbocharger efficiency, writes Dean Palmer   Read More

11/02/2005

Polymer memories activate for quick release

Tom Shelley reports on an innovation to solve disassembly problems that has the potential to slash the cost of shape memory devices  Read More

10/02/2005

Fast smart card system prototype delivered in 12 days

A supplier of smart card payment systems has recently cut its time to market by outsourcing its product development to a rapid prototyping specialist, writes Dean Palmer  Read More

11/11/2004

Cross links cushion impacts

Tom Shelley reports on a novel material developed to protect sportsman from impacts but which also shows great potential for engineering   Read More

10/11/2004

Plastic encapsulation of engine cuts fuel cost by 9%

Researchers are using simulation software to look at methods of thermally encapsulating vehicle engines with polyurethane in order to reduce emissions and cut fuel consumption   Read More

06/09/2004

Composite recycle technology proven

Toyota is looking at the possibility of using recyclable composite plastics on its car air intake manifolds to reduce the environmental footprint. Dean Palmer reports   Read More

08/07/2004

Torque motor uses polymer for stator moulding

Swiss company Sonceboz is using a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) for its coil bobbins and for overmoulding the stators on its 4000 series torque motors  Read More

08/07/2004

Rapid investment in complex designs

A UK company is using its rapid prototyping expertise to design masking components for a highly complex coating system for aircraft turbine blades. Dean Palmer reports   Read More

15/06/2004

Prototyping enables more complex designs

A British company has taken rapid prototyping to the next level by developing an advanced manufacturing technology that is already cutting costs and lead times for OEM customers. Dean Palmer reports   Read More

26/05/2004

Composites go from strength to strength

Tom Shelley reports on some of the latest enhancements in fibre reinforced composites for use in aerospace, defence and automotive applications   Read More

15/03/2004

Co-polymerising extends life of plastics

New resins extend the service limits of engineering plastics without incurring excessive cost. Tom Shelley reports   Read More

20/02/2004

Rapid success and good bonding at TVR

UK-based sports car manufacturer TVR is using the latest rapid prototyping technology and adhesives to cut costs and improve the structural integrity of its cars, writes Dean Palmer  Read More

09/12/2003

Prototyping in metal

Ogle Models and Prototypes is testing a new material, 'Alumide' which is a sintered aluminium filled nylon  Read More

06/11/2003

Materials and technologies advance rapid prototyping

Tom Shelley reports on some the latest steps forward in equipment and processes for rapid prototyping and short run manufacturing  Read More

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

05/10/2003

First all-plastic oil module

The world’s first oil module with an all-plastic housing has gone into series production.   Read More

14/08/2003

Plastic helps create safe cycle helmet

Dean Palmer reports on the world’s latest ultra-safe, cycle helmet which has a built-in rear view mirror system and was developed using advanced lightweight plastic   Read More

13/08/2003

Defence technology shows vision

Tom Shelley reports on the latest low cost technologies for remote observation and communications, from an organisation often featured in the magazine  Read More

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