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12/06/2017

Carbon as hard as rock but also elastic

A team of scientists from Yanshan University and Carnegie Institution for Science has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive. This unique combination of properties could serve a variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour.   Read More

02/06/2017

4D printing load bearing structures

Researchers at ETH Zurich, led by head of the Engineering Design and Computing Lab Kristina Shea, have developed a construction principle to control the deformation of load bearing 4D printed objects. The moveable and shape-variable objects can be printed as flat components that can be folded out later. The hope is they can also change their shape via external influences or induced forces.  Read More

12/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live: Focussed success

The inaugural Engineering Materials Live Show kicked off on Thursday 11 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Coupled with the long running FAST exhibition, delegates arrived early enticed by the thought of a bacon sandwich and cup of coffee, before quickly turning their attention to the packed exhibitors’ halls and content-rich technical seminar sessions.   Read More

02/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live to open next week as exhibitor space sells out

Exhibitor stands have now completely sold out for the Engineering Materials Live exhibition as the new event is set to open its doors to visitors on 11th May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.   Read More

21/04/2017

NASA creates 3D printed 'Space Fabric'

Raul Polit Casillas, systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his colleagues have designed an advanced woven metal fabric for use in spacesuits and structures.  Read More

10/04/2017

Latest exhibitors announced for Engineering Materials Live and FAST Exhibitions

With one month to go until doors open for the co-located FAST Exhibition and Engineering Materials Live exhibitions, the event has so far seen record pre-registration levels for attendees and several new additions to its exhibitor portfolio of leading suppliers from the fastening, bonding and engineering materials sectors.  Read More

10/04/2017

Smart fabric turns body heat in to electricity

Researchers have developed a fabric to convert body heat into electricity to power wearable devices. The work was carried out at Purdue University in the US. The garment creates a flexible thermoelectric generator, which uses semiconductor strings woven into a fabric. The ‘generator’ can convert heat from any type of complex surface into a small amount of electricity.  Read More

07/04/2017

McLaren Honda brings 3D printer to track and will race parts during 2017 season

Stratasys FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing Solutions are being used to produce final 3D printed race-ready parts for the 2017 McLaren MCL32 Formula One Car. The technology will also, for the first time, be used at trackside to produce parts and tooling on demand for immediate evaluation during tests and races. The goal is to bring about new car developments earlier by moving from idea to component in a shorter timeframe, by accelerating design modifications and reducing weight to increase performance.  Read More

20/03/2017

Scientists synthesise first sample of transparent silicon nitride for super hard windows

Scientists at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) have synthesised what they claim to be the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines. Cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) forms under high pressure and is the second hardest transparent nanoceramic after diamond but can withstand substantially higher temperatures.  Read More

08/03/2017

Artificial intelligence meets 3D printing with spectacular results

London-based startup Ai Build has printed its 'Daedalus Pavilion', a 3D printed architectural installation built by robots. Ai Build teamed up with Arup Engineers for the project to showcase how the future of construction could be transformed by robotics and artificial intelligence.  Read More

24/02/2017

£128m investment in advanced materials research institute

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has confirmed £128million of funding for research equipment and facilities to develop advanced materials. £105m of the funding will be devoted to the construction of the building to host the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester.  Read More

17/02/2017

Composites sharing site aims to reduce waste and support composite materials research.

The short shelf life of composite materials can result in large quantities of waste and high cost and long lead time make sourcing materials for research difficult. Dr James Meredith, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has come up with a novel solution to these problems by creating the Composites Exchange, a website which gives users the ability to share and acquire unwanted composite materials.  Read More

16/02/2017

MacRebur launch crowdfunding campaign to go global with stronger, longer lasting roads fix

MacRebur is on a mission to fix UK roads by launching a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to take their patented idea worldwide. The three founders are looking to raise £590,000 equity to grow and develop their business, which is already disrupting the UK asphalt industry.  Read More

01/02/2017

First metal-free metamaterial that can absorb electromagnetic energy

Electrical engineers at Duke University claim to have created the world's first electromagnetic metamaterial made without any metal. The device's ability to absorb electromagnetic energy without heating up has direct applications in imaging, sensing and lighting.  Read More

26/01/2017

Metamaterial can switch from hard to soft and back again

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new way to design a metamaterial that can be easily manipulated to increase the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude - the difference between rubber and steel - without damaging or altering the material itself.  Read More

24/01/2017

3D bioprinter for printing human skin

A team of researchers from Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) has demonstrated, for the first time, that, using the new 3D printing technology, it is possible to produce functional human skin.   Read More

18/01/2017

MIT technique enables adaptable 3D printing

MIT chemists have developed a technique that allows them to print objects and then go back and add new polymers that alter the materials’ chemical composition and mechanical properties. It can also fuse two or more printed objects together to form more complex structures.  Read More

16/01/2017

UV light for producing customised surfaces

A process to structure surfaces and to apply or detach functional molecules has been developed by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They use UV light for the formation or breaking of disulphide bridges, or bonds of sulphur atoms.  Read More

16/01/2017

Luxus completes Hycolene commercialisation project

Luxus has celebrated the completion of its €1.4m Recyclite project, co-funded by the EU’s Eco-Innovation initiative. The three-year project to help commercialise the technical compounder’s environmentally positive, advanced lightweight, scratch resistant thermoplastics range for Class ‘A’ auto interiors will come to an end later this month.  Read More

13/01/2017

Historic deal by Made in the Midlands saves RAPRA

Made in the Midlands have officially saved the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA) in a historic deal for the future of the nation's manufacturing sector.  Read More

12/01/2017

Cost effective lightweighting project to overmould carbon fibre composite with thermoplastic

Carbon fibre processor, Surface Generation, has started work on an 18-month R&D project to produce affordable lightweight carbon fibre components for the automotive industry. Backed by Innovate UK, the Rutland based firm will overmould long-fibre reinforced carbon composites with a short-fibre thermoplastic to produce a range of example coupons, sub-element components and demonstrator parts.  Read More

09/01/2017

Bomb suit tests show advanced materials offer more protection and greater flexibility

Berks based Morgan Advanced Materials has recently completed independent testing of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit. The tests were conducted at the independently certified Ordnance Test Solutions facility at Faldingworth.  Read More

06/01/2017

Carbon dioxide used to make plastic foam begins industrial production

Plastic giant Covestro has delivered its first batch of plastic raw material derived from CO2. The company has used the climate changing gas to produce a key building block in plastic known as polyol, which is in turn used to make a foam that is planned for use in mattresses and upholstered furniture.  Read More

29/12/2016

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working on materials that can react to their environment, recover from damage, and even self-destruct once their usefulness has come to an end.  Read More

28/12/2016

Supercomputer simulation reveals 2D glass can go infinitely soft

Scientists in Japan have revealed that if a glassy solid possesses a planar structure, it can exhibit enhanced thermal vibration motion due to the same mechanism known for the planar crystals, by using large-scale simulations on supercomputers.  Read More

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