Engineering Features Videos

Seeing is believing, so prepare to be inspired and amazed. Our video content features all things materials related and brings you some of the coolest technology that is being generated and lead by the materials industry.

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12/06/2017

Sensor enables robots to perform hardness measurements through touch

By mounting a sensor on a robotic gripper, two MIT teams have significantly improved the arm's tactile abilities. The teams used a new type of sensor, known as a GelSight sensor, to enhance the capability, enabling the hardness of touched objects to be accurately calculated upon contact.   Read More

09/01/2017

Bomb suit tests show advanced materials offer more protection and greater flexibility

Berks based Morgan Advanced Materials has recently completed independent testing of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit. The tests were conducted at the independently certified Ordnance Test Solutions facility at Faldingworth.  Read More

03/01/2017

Scientists create self-healing material

A transparent, self-healing, stretchable, conductive material has been developed by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The material can be activated electrically to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.  Read More

29/12/2016

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working on materials that can react to their environment, recover from damage, and even self-destruct once their usefulness has come to an end.  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

04/10/2016

Because engineering

Watch our film focusing on the human impact of engineering.   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

17/05/2016

Electronic material ‘heals itself’, says team

A new electronic material created by a research team from Penn State University in the US and Harbin Institute of Technology in China is said to be capable of healing all its functions automatically, even after being broken multiple times. This material, the team contends, could improve the durability of wearable electronics.  Read More

18/04/2016

GE is working on fourth generation composite blades

Nick Kray is a consulting engineer for composite design at GE Aviation. In the 1990s, he was part of a high-stakes gambit to make the front fan of GE’s largest jet engine from epoxy and carbon fibres. “Our competitors make jet engine fans from titanium and steel and even some of our own people weren’t initially so hot about using composites,” Kray said. “Nobody had tried this before.” However, the carbon-fibre composite blades allowed GE’s aerospace engineers to design the GE90, still the world’s largest and most powerful jet engine.  Read More

21/03/2016

Increasing performance, efficiency and safety within the oil and gas industry

Discover the direct benefits of utilising Nylacast Polymers for your Oil & Gas Projects. The polymers are proven to deliver lightweight, corrosion and chemical resistance, and self lubrication on projects stretching from the North Sea through to the Gulf of Mexico.  Read More

25/01/2016

Conductive concrete could keep roads safer in winter weather

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) professor of civil engineering, Chris Tuan, has added steel shavings and carbon particles to a 200 square foot slab of concrete outside the Peter Kiewit Institute in nearby Omaha. Though the added ingredients constitute 20% of Prof Tuan's otherwise standard concrete mixture, they conduct enough electricity to melt ice and snow while remaining safe to the touch.  Read More

19/01/2016

QinetiQ develops shape memory alloy-reinforced composite

QinetiQ has developed a commercially viable materials technology to address the issue of composite panels being heavier than required, due to their need to resist penetrative impact threats. QinetiQ says that its technology offers significant weightreductions, without any cost increase.  Read More

16/10/2015

Boeing unveils metal that is ‘slightly lighter than air’

Boeing claims to have created the worlds lightest metal, stating how the breakthrough could have major implications for aircraft and automotive fuel efficiency. The material is composed of a microlattice structure made of 99.99% air which makes it light enough to balance on top of a dandelion.  Read More

12/10/2015

Knitted wearable sensors

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) researchers have created new fibre structures and used traditional knitting and braiding techniques to introduce both of these capabilities to wearable structures.  Read More

08/10/2015

Lexus unveils a cardboard car

London-based design firms, LaserCut WORKS and Scales and Models have produced a full-scale replica of the Lexus IS. The design challenge compliments Lexus’ ‘Creating Amazing’ design innovation series which has seen the company produce a working hoverboard earlier this year.  Read More

25/09/2015

Tyres that repair themselves

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, in Germany, have produced non-vulcanised tyre-grade rubber. The resulting material heals itself and could potentially withstand the long-term pressures of driving.  Read More

22/09/2015

Making glass bounce

At Lucideon, we develop all sorts of innovative materials like… bouncing glass!   Read More

27/08/2015

Self-healing material could plug holes in spacecraft

The International Space Station, is equipped with 'bumpers' that vaporise debris before it can hit the station walls, and is the most heavily-shielded spacecraft ever flown, according to NASA. But should the bumpers fail, a wall breach would allow air to gush out of astronauts' living quarters.  Read More

18/08/2015

Keeping metal structures cool with glass paint

Sunlight can wear down even the strongest structures. To fend off damage and heat from the sun's rays, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly paint out of glass that bounces sunlight off metal surfaces keeping them cool and durable.  Read More

13/08/2015

Space sector heads to US on major growth mission

Nine UK space companies are in the US on a trade mission to boost investment of proprietary equipment. It will feature some of the most exciting British companies in the space industry, from small start-ups to established market leaders, with the overall aim of growing the UK presence in the global space sector from 6.5% to 10% by 2030.  Read More

04/08/2015

Is this the future of communication?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US has demonstrated a 'Dynamic Shape Display' that physically changes shape to represent 3D content. The display, called inFORM, is a surface that attaches to a series of 'pins', actuators, and linkages. By moving each actuator, inFORM can move the pin it's attached to up or down, allowing for a wide range of movements and interactions.  Read More

30/07/2015

Are outdated systems impacting your reputation? Build a business case for modernisation with Instron

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and components, are pleased to announce their new Lab Health Check initiative. Underperforming or unreliable machines affect your business performance and your reputation. If you are unaware of the risks of doing nothing then Instron's Lab Health Check can help you build a successful business case for upgrading old equipment.  Read More

26/06/2015

Impact resistant, durable resin for 3D printing

Formlabs has announced a functional resin designed for 3D printing applications in engineering and prototyping. Tough Resin is said to provide users with the same physical properties as ABS for strong and sturdy parts 3D printed on the FORM 1+ SLA machine.  Read More

26/06/2015

3D printed supercar

Start-up Californian technology company, Divergent Microfactories, said it has produced the world's first 3D printed supercar which, it claims, is also one of the greenest and most powerful cars in the world. The Blade is equipped with a 700hp bi-fuel engine that can use either compressed natural gas or petrol. The vehicle goes from 0 to 60 in just over 2s and weighs around 640kg. Divergent Microfactories said its aim is 'dematerialising and democratising car manufacture'.  Read More

24/06/2015

Has Lexus created a hoverboard?

Is this the answer to 'Back to the Future' fans dreams or an advertising stunt? Lexus claims to have developed a functional hoverboard, called 'SLIDE', which is said to work using magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement.  Read More

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