Engineering Materials News

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

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Silicone coating for medical devices

Organic silicones are playing an increasingly important role in the surface modification of next generation medical devices. The technique known as plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) of silicon dioxide coatings are seen widely as an enabling material technology for future products.  Read More


Consortium formed to produce cheaper titanium for aerospace industry

The FASTForge project, a consortium comprising Safran Landing Systems, Metalysis, the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the University of Sheffield, is working to produce aerospace-grade titanium components at less than a third of the current price.  Read More


Polymer material optimised for railway applications

Motion plastics specialist, igus has introduced a variant of its iglidur tribopolymer material, RW370, that complies with EU fire protection standard EN 45545 for railway vehicles. The material is claimed to be resistant to harsh media, durable and well-suited to a range of bearing applications within rail transportation systems, including door guides and hinges, as well as in rotating joints and adjusting mechanisms for seats and tables.   Read More


Graphene coated motorcycle helmet

A collaboration between Graphene Flagship partner Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and luxury design company Momodesign has resulted in the commercial launch of a motorcycle helmet that benefits from the inclusion of graphene. The Graphene Flagship says this presents an early success story in translating graphene’s properties to marketable technologies.   Read More


Solar power could be more widespread with tin

Solar cells based on a class of semiconductors known as lead perovskites are rapidly emerging as an efficient way to convert sunlight directly into electricity. However, the reliance on lead is a serious barrier to commercialisation, due to its well-known toxicity.   Read More


Better graphene through chemistry

Researchers at the Centre for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) claim that adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry. The researchers’ findings are helping to extend the knowledge of the fundamental chemistry of graphene and may bring scientists closer to realising new graphene-based materials.   Read More


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


ARMOR launches production of flexible photovoltaic films

After six years of technological partnership with major names in the global chemical industry and an investment of €40million, ARMOR is ready to launch industrial production of a new generation of photovoltaic material. ASCA is a 3rd generation ‘low-carbon’ material that is said to pave the way for an array of industrial applications.  Read More


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


Tata Steel introduces XPF800 for lighter and innovative chassis applications

Tata Steel has launched XPF800, a hot-rolled steel for demanding chassis applications. The new steel is said to offer an unprecedented mix of strength and formability, which gives manufacturers increased design freedom and weight-saving potential, while still being able to create components that guarantee stiffness and fatigue resistance in the chassis system.  Read More


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


Engineering Design Shows achieve record attendance for fifth year

The Engineering Design Show series of events, achieved record visitor numbers for the fifth year in a row. Running from 19th to 20th October at the Ericsson Exhibition Halls, Coventry, the shows brought together more than 4200 design engineering professionals to the showcase of British innovation.  Read More


AFRC partners with international machine manufacturing firm

German-based machining company WF-Maschinenbau has renewed its membership agreement with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.  Read More


Soft magnetic alloy allows more efficient designs

Specialty alloy producer, Carpenter Technology, has launched a soft magnetic alloy called CARTECH HYPOCORE. The alloy is said to exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties compared to existing commercialised grades of non-grain oriented electrical steel and is suited to applications within the aerospace, transportation, medical, energy, and consumer markets, among other sectors.  Read More


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


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


Soft robots that mimic human muscles

Robots are expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. However, researchers at EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have created a predictive model that can be used to control the mechanical behaviour of a soft robots' various modules. The researchers have shown that their model could predict how a series of modules – composed of compartments and sandwiched chambers – moves. The cucumber-shaped actuators are said to stretch up to around five or six times their normal length and bend in two directions, depending on the model.  Read More


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


Humanoid robots to come to life at the Engineering Design Show

Engineered Arts will bring two humanoid robots to the upcoming Engineering Design Show (EDS). Its two robots – a Robothespian and a Socibot - will be located within the Innovation Zone, at stand B2, for visitors to interact with throughout the show.  Read More


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


British Engineering Excellence Awards names Lightpoint Medical as ‘Best of the Best’

Medical device company, Lightpoint Medical, has been named as the winner of the Grand Prix prize at the 2016 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held on October 6th at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London.  Read More


Flat graphene speakers for mobile audio systems

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a speaker design specifically targeted for the mobile audio market that draws its capabilities from nanomaterials. The KAIST researchers have used graphene to produce a speaker that does not require an acoustic box to produce sound.  Read More


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


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


Spectrographic and AMRC Training Centre partner to provide Applied Educational Technical Metallurgy Courses

As the metallurgy industry continues to expand and diversify, Spectrographic has joined forces with the AMRC Training Centre to begin delivering training courses for industry personnel of all levels of expertise.  Read More

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