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Flightfloor Eco sets standards in the air

Benecke-Kaliko, ContiTech's surface specialist, has unveiled its latest product for the aviation market: Flightfloor Eco. The material combines high resistance capability and minimal weight and is claimed to have the potential to revolutionise the market for floor covering materials in the industry and to set new standards.   Read More


Feddersen Group acquires Forvema

German engineering plastics company, K.D. Feddersen has acquired Forvema AB. Based in Sweden, Forvema has 30 years of experience in sales of injection moulding machines and presses for rubber and is an exclusive partner of brands like Sumitomo-Demag and Desma.  Read More


One week to go until the FAST Exhibition - Don't miss out!

There is only one week to go until the FAST Exhibition opens its doors at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester. Taking place on 21 April, the FAST exhibition has been created to provide you with a single location to meet fastening experts and discover the answers to your design problems.   Read More


Call to standardise the testing of superhydrophobic materials

Researchers from Aalto University have called for consistent and standardised testing of superhydrophobic materials. They argue that agreeing on a unified testing method is needed to allow community-wide comparison between published results and that this would progress the development of superhydrophobic materials to commercial products.  Read More


World’s first automobile roof frame made of natural fibre

BASF’s Acrodur 950 L binder has been used in the production of the world’s first car roof frame that is entirely made of natural fibre. The FibreFrame lightweight component has been developed by BASF and the International Automotive Components Group (IAC) and is being installed on the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class.  Read More


Partnership to accelerate stereolithography material innovation

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has partnered with Somos to give companies building 3D printed parts easier access to newer and more advanced stereolithography (SL) materials. The move is said to double Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s SL production capacity, allowing the company to deliver large projects more rapidly, and accelerate material development.  Read More


FAST and PPME due to land in two weeks

Thursday 21 April will see hundreds of design engineers, production professionals and senior manufacturing managers wing their way to The Concorde Centre at Manchester Airport to be part of The FAST Exhibition, where they will experience what many regard as the pinnacle of advanced UK assembly engineering excellence. Here, they will engage with exhibitors, discussing all of their fastening, bonding and assembly needs.   Read More


3D printing realism: Stratasys hails breakthrough with its multi-material, any colour, J750 printer

Stratasys has launched its most advanced 3D printer to date. The J750 is able to produce prototypes and parts with the widest range of material properties and colours of any printer available on the market.  Read More


Paperlike battery electrode made with glass-ceramic

A team of researchers from Kansas State University, led by Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has created a paperlike battery electrode using silicon oxycarbide-glass and graphene.  Read More


Transparent wood could build toughened windows and solar cells

Scientists from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed transparent wood that could be used in building materials and could help home and building owners save money on their artificial lighting costs. Their material could also find application in solar cells. Furthermore, they say the technique used would be easy to scale up.  Read More


Rocket with 3D printed parts lifts off

An Atlas V rocket, featuring serial production 3D printed parts by Stratasys, was launched by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) from Cape Canavarel, Florida on 22 March 2016. The 3D printed parts highlight the ability to replace metal components with 3D printed lightweight thermoplastic ones.  Read More


Morphing metal could shape the future of soft robotics

A team of engineers from Cornell University, led by Professor Rob Shepherd, have created a hybrid material that they say could enable robots or vehicles to change shape to carry out specific tasks.  Read More


Norsk Titanium to build rapid plasma deposition machine assembly and test facility

Titanium additive manufacturer for the aerospace industry, Norsk Titanium has broken ground on a 3000 square metre European assembly and test centre outside Oslo, Norway.  Read More


Behaviour of CFRP during flights verified precisely

As part of the Clean Sky research initiative and with the help of a measurement configuration based on fibre optics, Fraunhofer researchers have accurately verified the degree to which carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts deform during flight.  Read More


Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells have many potential future uses

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated what they claim are the thinnest, lightest solar cells ever produced. This proof-of-concept shows an approach to making solar cells that could help power the next generation of portable electronic devices.  Read More


FAST and PPME Exhibition registration now open

Registration has now opened for the FAST Exhibition, co-located with the brand new Plastics, Prototyping and Metals Exhibition (PPME), which takes place at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester on 21st April 2016.  Read More


Commercialised PBT moulding compounds for laser welding

Panasonic has announced that it will start mass production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) moulding compounds for laser welding in March, 2016. The company says this will contribute to the enhancement of long-term reliability and the flexibility of design of automotive switches and sensors.  Read More


Polymer aerogel to optimise oil and gas pipeline applications

Blueshift International Materials, the University of Strathclyde and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have collaborated to develop an aerogel product, composed of up to 99.98% air by volume, for applications in oil and gas pipelines.  Read More


DuPont invests in the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe

DuPont Performance Materials has invested in Zytel HTN PPA polymer capacity at its Uentrop facility in Germany. This will be the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe. Construction is already under way and the plant is expected to begin production in the summer of 2016.  Read More


Nano-coating makes coaxial cables lighter

Rice University scientists claim to have developed a way of coating common coaxial cables with a nanotube-based outer conductor that is claimed to make them 50% lighter.   Read More


A step towards eliminating plastic waste

The World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation have released The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics. The report was produced as part of Project MainStream, and provides for the first time a vision of a global economy in which plastics never becomes waste, and outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed.  Read More


Flexible composite heals itself while staying tough

Scientists at Rice University have developed an adaptive material that exhibits self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties.  Read More


Technique developed to detect illicit enhancement of racing tyres

A team of researchers from the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Programme of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have inspected the illicit treatment of racing tyres with volatile chemicals to improve function. The team claims to have developed an effective method to determine if tyres have been doctored.  Read More


Fire resistant self-compacting concrete

When concrete is exposed to fire it chips and flakes – a process known as spalling. This effect is due to water trapped within the concrete vaporising. As more water vapour is produced the pressure within the concrete structure increases. In concrete structures, chips split away from ceilings, walls, and supporting pillars, reducing their load bearing capacity and increasing the risk of collapse in a burning building.  Read More


A new way to store solar heat

Researchers at MIT Have developed a material that they say can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it’s needed. This transparent polymer film could be applied to many different surfaces, such as windows or clothing.  Read More

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