Engineering Materials News

The latest news from the global materials community including material science, engineering, breakthroughs, innovation and applications.

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Plaque honours career of British engineer

An English Heritage Blue Plaque was today placed at 13 Bedford Square, the former London residence of Sir Harry Ricardo FRS  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


Inventor's champion passes on

It is with the deepest regret that we have to report the sudden death of Professor David Nicholas MBE, long time champion of struggling inventors and the originator of The Virtual Company.  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


Engineering soldier plans to autogyro round the World

Sergeant Andrew Wilson, a REME mechanical engineer from Glenrothes, is chief engineer for Army expedition 'Global Eagle' - an attempt to circumnavigate the world in an utogyro.  Read More


Boeing and IBM Dassault partner to enhance PLM for 7E7

Dassault Systèmes is partnering with The Boeing Company to enhance its suite of V5 Product Lifecycle Management software to provide unique digital processes and tools for the 7E7 global development environment. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


virtual engineering gives Airbus jumbo more lift

Virtual engineering design, spearheaded in the automotive industry, has now been deployed in the aircraft industry with startling success. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


London businesses confident but manufacturing stagnating

A new survey last month suggests that London businesses are feeling confident this year, but manufacturing continues to stagnate. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Lean thinking comes to design

Product design and development processes could be twice as fast, efficient and accurate as today’s average, if they were subjected to ‘lean thinking’ principles. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


National award for low carbon innovators

The Carbon Trust, in association with the Sunday Telegraph, last month announced the launch of a major national award scheme for companies that are taking "imaginative steps or developing new technologies which help reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions." Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Flat lens works by smooth variation of liquid crystals

A new prototype liquid crystal variable lens uses modal addressing to smoothly vary refractive index across its width  Read More


New integration tool enables sharing of design and production data

A new integration tool developed by German PLM (product lifecycle management) software consultancy firm Cenit, enables manufacturing companies to link their design, production and business processes, improving supply chain collaboration and communication between engineering, procurement, manufacturing and sales. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


New FEA software suits large models

New FEA software is said to offer 'dramatic' gains for very large problems  Read More


Gold medal awarded

The chief executive of BOC Edwards, has been awarded the IEE’s premier manufacturing award, the Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal  Read More


Automotive world first

Mazda has demonstrated the world's first automotive application of aluminium joining using frictional heat. Mark Fletcher takes a look  Read More


Ford opts for Catia v5 for all its bodywork design

Automotive giant Ford has finally decided to break away from its almost universal EDS-based engineering IT infrastructure, by agreeing a contract with IBM/Dassault to provide product lifecycle management (PLM) software, CAD software and services. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Sealing material looks to the future

A special polyurethane elastomer sealing material is set to take the science of sealing well into the 21st century according to its developer  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


Winged submersible makes history

Autodesk has partnered with Hawkes Ocean Technologies to support an innovative approach to deep ocean exploration  Read More


Rolls-Royce propels aviation into the future

The Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Rolls-Royce has announced the formation of a university technology centre at Purdue University in the USA  Read More


Institute of Directors delivers mixed news

Almost half of exporters increased export volume over the last year, however, less than a third were able to increase export profitability  Read More


Six-way audio

An internet audio player offers six sound sources from internet radio, through MP3 to CD. Mark Fletcher reports  Read More


New training courses aimed at firms moving to 3D CAD

For manufacturing companies looking to take advantage of technology developments by moving from 2D to 3D CAD systems, specialist training firm and authorised Autodesk trainer Smallpeice Enterprises, has just launched a new public training programme aimed at making this transition far more rapid and effective. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Teco cuts motor design time by 50%

Motor manufacturer Teco Electric & Machinery has slashed the time it takes to design new products by 50% using IBM Dassault’s 3D CAD software, Catia v5. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Phase out for consolidation

Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electromechanical Division is to phase out manufacturing at its Poole plant. Mark Fletcher reports  Read More

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