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31/10/2016

Hycolene achieves accelerated material performance requirements

Luxus’ advanced lightweight scratch-resistant thermoplastics range Hycolene has recently fulfilled materials performance trials with Tier 1 moulder IAC. These latest trials conclude the material validation process required for Hycolene as part of the €1.4m Eco-innovation funded Recyclite commercialisation project.   Read More

27/10/2016

DSM launches ForTii Ace next generation high performance polyamides

Royal DSM has launched ForTii Ace, a polyphthalamide (PPA) based on 4T chemistry, that is said to have an outstanding set of mechanical, thermal and chemical properties.  Read More

25/10/2016

CompaFid PPS compound added to DimeLika Plast’s product range

DimeLika Plast has expanded its portfolio with a high-strength material, the semi-crystalline high-performance plastic PPS (polyphenylene sulphide). CompaFid compounds are available in standard market modifications. The standard range includes glass fibre-reinforced and glass fibre/mineral-reinforced models based on ‘linear’ and ‘cross-linked’ PPS base polymers.  Read More

20/10/2016

First high-volume, high-heat plastic AIM/CAC combination

Global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, Royal DSM, has collaborated with Tier One automotive supplier Mahle to develop the world's first high-volume use of high-heat plastic in an air intake manifold (AIM) that integrates a water-cooled charge air cooler (CAC).  Read More

14/10/2016

Using clay another day

Despite all the modelling and simulation software around there are times when only an old fashioned full-sized clay model will do. This is certainly the case at Ford where clay models remain an important part of Ford’s creative design process, helping designers spot issues in both the interior and exterior of a vehicle. But what happens to the old clay?  Read More

12/10/2016

Foam innovation to aid cost efficiency in lightweighting markets

A new generation of foams from chemical’s giant SABIC promises to slash degassing time in half. It means they can reduce the working capital of foam manufacturers drastically, making the increasingly popular material cheaper and more easily available to markets looking to lightweight but bring spirally cost under control.  Read More

10/10/2016

Autonomous humanoid robot shows a range of movements

An autonomous humanoid robot has been developed under a joint project between academia and industry. The open platform robot was developed by The University of Bonn’s Autonomous Intelligent Systems group with help from tribo-plastic specialist igus.  Read More

26/09/2016

Directa Plus launches graphene-based 3D printing material

Directa Plus has launched GRAFYLON 3D, a polylactic acid-based (PLA) graphene-enhanced filament for 3D printing, which has been developed in collaboration with FILOALFA, a division of Ciceri de Mondel that specialises in producing filaments used in 3D printing. GRAYFLON 3D is claimed to be the first 3D printing product to contain the Company’s Graphene Plus.  Read More

23/09/2016

High performance polyamide based material for 3D printing

CRP Technology has launched WINDFORM FX BLACK, a new generation polyamide based composite material within the WINDFORM family of materials for professional 3D Printing. Dark black in colour, its mechanical characteristics make it particularly suited for Additive Manufacturing applications.  Read More

14/09/2016

Spray-on hydrophobic material

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a spray-on material with the ability to repel water. The researchers say their protective coating could eventually be used to waterproof mobile phones, prevent ice from forming on aeroplanes, keeping skyscraper windows clean or protect boat hulls from corroding.  Read More

12/09/2016

Life-saving bacteria-phobic material coating

Medical innovator Camstent has announced that it has raised a record £850,000, nearly trebling the original £300,000 target, to bring its bacteria-phobic polymer coatings to market.  Read More

07/09/2016

Polymer camouflage technology could hide tanks in plain sight

Researchers from the University of South Australia's Future Industries Institute have developed adaptive camouflage cells for tanks in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group.  Read More

30/08/2016

3D printed steel bracket yields fresh innovation for construction giant

Construction giant Arup is claiming that 3D printing is to make its construction debut, following the announcement it has produced a series of metallic brackets that are re-engineered structural steel elements. The part is designed to fit firmly into real-world, ‘hard hat’ construction projects, and could signal a new direction for the company, as it begins to experiment with additive manufacturing technology in the field of construction and engineering.  Read More

26/08/2016

3D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print 3D structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures are said to spring back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature range.  Read More

22/08/2016

World’s first autonomous, entirely soft robot

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. The small, 3D-printed robot, nicknamed the octobot, could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines.  Read More

16/08/2016

Driving customisation

DirectCoating/DirectSkinning technology aims to meet the requirements of car buyers and manufacturers alike. While consumers prefer a personalised vehicle interior with a premium appearance and an attractive design, the automotive industry is looking to manufacture components efficiently. Interest in this new technology is thus growing steadily, and it is now used in series production.   Read More

01/08/2016

3D-printed lattice structure absorbs vibrations and provides support

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a three-dimensional lattice structure capable of absorbing vibrations while also acting as a load-bearing component – for example, in propellers, wind turbine rotors and rockets.  Read More

26/07/2016

Self-healing textiles can also neutralise chemicals

A team of researchers from Penn State University have created a self-healing, thin film coating that could be applied to clothes to prevent soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field or factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials.   Read More

19/07/2016

Researchers develop centimetre scale structures with nanoscale features

Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to create lightweight, strong, super elastic 3D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, a full seven orders of magnitude control of arbitrary 3D architectures.  Read More

06/07/2016

Earth-quake proof buildings inspired by coconut shells

Researchers at the Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg have been working with material scientists and civil engineers to investigate how the specialised structure of coconut shells could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.   Read More

01/07/2016

Wireless, wearable toxic-gas detector

MIT researchers have developed low-cost chemical sensors, made from chemically altered carbon nanotubes (CNTs), that enable smartphones or other wireless devices to detect trace amounts of toxic gases.  Read More

28/06/2016

Hydrogel hybrid that doesn’t dry out

Engineers at MIT have found a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating, with a technique that could lead to longer-lasting contact lenses, stretchy microfluidic devices, flexible bioelectronics, and even artificial skin.  Read More

03/06/2016

Researchers look to nature for blueprints for stronger, more durable concrete

Researchers at MIT hope to redesign concrete by following nature’s blueprints. From their observations of strong, durable natural structures such as bones, shells and deep-sea sponges, the team has proposed a ‘bottom-up’ approach for designing cement paste, the binding ingredient in concrete, which requires a huge amount of energy to manufacture.  Read More

02/06/2016

Polyurethane gives perfect flight to EURO Championship soccer ball

Covestro and adidas are celebrating 30 years of working together developing soccer balls by releasing the ‘Beau Jeu’, or ‘beautiful game’, official match ball for the 2016 European Soccer Championship.  Read More

01/06/2016

Compound switches between liquid and solid states when exposed to light or heat

A group of researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Science and Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, has developed a metal-containing compound which transforms into a solid when exposed to light and returns to liquid form when heated. This substance could potentially be used for photolithography technology, such as fabricating printed circuits, among other applications.   Read More

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