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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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

18/06/2015

The fastest sled on earth made by UK composites specialist

Composite materials are used in arguably the most exciting engineering projects on the planet, from Formula One cars to fighter jets to... sleds. Watch the video and read the story behind Guy Martin's downhill sled record. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

06/03/2015

ESA to develop metal additive manufacturing processes

The European Space Agency is undertaking a five year project to develop 3D printing in metals, which could mean the ability to one day print components in space.  Read More

29/01/2015

Fundamentals of Engineering Materials Selection

Learn more about the fundamental elements to consider when selecting engineering materials to provide the best value to your applications and components.   Read More

16/01/2015

Beagle 2 shown 'intact' on Martian surface

News emerged last week that the infamous 2003 Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been found on the surface of the Red Planet 'intact'.  Read More

17/11/2014

HP claims its technology will reduce the cost of 3D printing ‘by a factor of 10’

Hewlett-Packard is set to enter the 3D printer market with a device based on a new technology called Multijet Fusion, but products won't appear on the market until 2016.   Read More

16/11/2014

Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More

03/11/2014

Discover why engineers are using the SIFCO Process to enhance, repair and refurbish metal surfaces

A portable method of electroplating localised areas, the SIFCO Process® is a fast, efficient and cost effective method of enhancing, repairing and refurbishing manufactured components. View the SIFCO Process® and discover how it is solving material challenges faced by Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Precision Engineering and many other industries, worldwide.  Read More

20/10/2014

How to make the Fastest Wheels in History

As the Bloodhound SSC continues to be assembled before its bid to be the fastest car in history by travelling over 1000mph, we take a look at the extraordinary effort that has gone in to producing the wheels. Cast from an aerospace grade aluminium alloy and then forged, take a look at the skill - not least of the forklift truck driver - and a behind the scenes look at this metals master class.   Read More

15/09/2014

Using a 3D Printer to Make Human Body Parts

Using x-rays, scans, and a mixture of cells, scientists are making real progress toward being able to print human tissue and organs. Inspired by Star Trek, meet the scientist trying to make the technology a reality.   Read More

21/07/2014

The new sound of motorsport - Formula E cars start testing at Donington Park

If you are wondering what motorsport might sound like in the future, here is a short video from the first round of testing for the up and coming Formula-E all-electric car series that starts in September.   Read More

18/06/2014

Bloodhound SSC: Inside the cockpit of a 1,000mph car

Described by driver Andy Green as his '1,000mph office', the Bloodhound SSC's new cockpit is a true showcase of world class engineering design.  Read More

20/05/2014

Self-healing polymers are stronger than bone

IBM scientists have accidentally discovered a new class of polymer that is lightweight, stronger than bone, 100% recyclable and able to self-heal.   Read More

19/05/2014

Spectacular material and chemical reactions

A short video of some of the most spectacular and amazing chemical reactions carried out on the small scale. The materials and properties produced are most unusual, and are just waiting for more practical application by the engineer.  Read More

02/04/2014

Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

A video of the TED talk given by sustainability strategist Leyla Acarogu discussing materials and the environment. Here she gives a bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.  Read More

17/02/2014

The replacement of 3D CAD?

A US news report looks at what could be the next generation design tool that will incorporate elements of 3D printing and 3D modelling in to what is being called Programmable Matter.  Read More

03/02/2014

Superhydrophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will repel most water-based and some oil-based liquids.   Read More

20/01/2014

The Gravity Defying Chain

This 'bead fountain' video has gone viral in the last few weeks with scientists and engineers alike struggling to agree upon just what's going on, and what is causing this strange phenomenon. Take a quick look at this 50m chain of beads that are all connected seemingly defy gravity as they flow upwards before plummeting to the ground. Got an explanation? Share yours below.  Read More

16/12/2013

World's First 3D Printed Metal Gun

A Texan company that specialises in 3D printing has made a metal gun using a method known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering. Before you make up your mind about the morality and ethics behind this latest move, watch the video.  Read More

11/11/2013

How to make things invisible

In a short film put together by the BBC, a leading UK scientist is asked to explain if it will be possible to make things invisible. Here, Professor Chris Phillips from Imperial College London talks about the methods and materials he is working on that might one day make science fiction, science fact.  Read More

28/10/2013

Engineering Polymers: All you need to know

Nylacast's R&D manager, Professor Malcolm Fox, delivers a useful and insightful overview of engineering polymers at the 2013 Engineering Design Show.  Read More

10/10/2013

UK company explains its biodegradable plastic additive

It sounds too good to be true, an additive that will force plastic materials to biodegrade after a preset period of time. The innovation comes from UK company, Symphony Environmental. Here, technical director Michael Stephens outlines the advantages and disadvantages – and most commonly asked questions – of its oxo-biodegradable plastic technology, d2w.   Read More

18/09/2013

Creating bioplastics from banana peel

Elif Bilgin, a 16-year-old girl from Turkey, has found a way to turn banana peel into an environmentally friendly bioplastic.  Read More

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