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Plastic seatback saves 25% weight

The redesigned part meets safety regulations without having to rely on steel reinforcements  Read More


Plastics moulder generates ideas

A moulder has transformed its business by focusing on developing ingenious designs  Read More


Over-engineered parts offer plastics opportunity

Many metal parts are still over-engineered – giving an opportunity to re-design them using plastics.  Read More


Designer chair has ‘intelligent internal structure’

Analysis software, clever design and rapid manufacturing have been combined in the production of a designer chair with an “intelligent internal structure”  Read More


Feathers and silk keys to light protection

Feathers show potential inspiration for making light weight body armour, and another soft material, silk, is already in service in police body armour in Thailand.  Read More


Solvay implements award-winning technology "pseudoliving" materials

Solvay Solexis announces today that it has started supplying a new grade of perfluoroelastomers created through its polymerization technology called ''Branching & Pseudoliving'', which can generate products with properties that cannot be obtained by conventional manufacturing techniques.  Read More


Lens made thinner using transparent ceramic

Thanks to the high refractive index of a novel glass ceramic, it is possible to make digital cameras 20 per cent thinner  Read More


Hospital bed gets a makeover

A new design of hospital bed is using extruded polypropylene plastic base panels, bedheads and bottom boards in place of the more traditional steel and wood. This has given the bed designers more creative freedom in the design of the bed panels and has resulted in a much lighter bed. Dean Palmer reports  Read More

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