Materials in Production Videos

We bring you the latest video content on materials production and manufacturing methods. Hear from experts, see various manufacturing technologies, see the techniques being developed to join different materials, and the processes being used to make the products of tomorrow.


Robotic manufacture halves production times for steel prefab bridges

Prefab bridge manufacturer, Mabey, is using robots to build parts of a modular steel bridge. The Gloucestershire based firm has invested £2.6 million in robotics, halving the manufacturing time for the company’s flagship C200 bridge’s panels and chords.  Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Artificial spider silk is as strong as steel

Japanese start up Spiber has developed an artificial spider silk which it claims is equal to steel in tensile strength yet as flexible as rubber.   Read More


The Future Of Communicative Technology

The next generation of smartphones are likely to be wearable. This short video gives a quick introduction to the two biggest technologies likely to soon hit the marketplace.   Read More


Flexible 3D printing material is ‘world’s first’

Ever wondered just how flexible 3D printed material is? Materialise has announced the launch of its flexible 3D printing material, the TPU 92A-1. The fully functional material is designed to offer a high tear resistance, high resistance to dynamic loading and high abrasive resistance. According to Materialise, it also offers excellent durable elasticity and a 'snappy response'. See it for yourself.  Read More


Steam trains, bridges and potential catastrophe

Professor Martyn Pavier explores steam trains, bridges and potential catastrophe. By testing how cyclical loading patterns differ from static ones he explains how the effect is a crucial consideration when choosing materials for use in load-bearing structures like railway bridges.  Read More


Superhydrophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Ultra-tech, a Florida-based containment provider for chemical clean-up and waste management, has developed a super-hydrophobic and oleophobic coating that can repel almost any liquid.  Read More


Liquids bounce off ultra repellent surface

A nanoscale coating that's at least 95% air repels a broad range of liquids, causing them to bounce off the treated surface. In a demonstration, the surface repelled coffee, soy sauce and vegetable oil, as well as toxic hydrochloric and sulfuric acids that could burn skin.   Read More


Materials, nuclear energy and the future

A fascinating video about how nuclear reactors work and why the materials used to generate electricity are fundamental to clean and safe nuclear power in the future.   Read More


New material harvests energy from water vapour

MIT researchers have developed a new material that changes its shape after absorbing water vapour.  Read More


Nylacast at Subsea UK 2012

The Nylacast team showcases its engineering polymer solutions for the offshore, oil and gas industry at Subsea UK 2012.   Read More


Spelsberg els customised enclosures

Spelsberg's in house UK CNC capabilities mean that it is able to produce large volumes of highly customised enclosures for customers on very short lead times. OEMs and contractors that need specialised enclosures also have access to a fast prototype service and the facility to order ready modified enclosures in place of standard products. The onsite milling and drilling service offers customers the opportunity to specify exact custom machining requirements on any smooth walled enclosure within the Spelsberg range.  Read More


Form-in-place gaskets – Cheaper than you think?

Form-in-place gaskets (FIP) have been part of the mainstream enclosure industry for many years but the cost and physical size of robotic application has been a major constraint for SMEs – until now. Intertronics has focused on bench-top robotics and matched compliant gasket materials to provide low cost equipment to suit boxes or housings from 200 x 150mm, junction boxes, terminal boxes, control boxes, electronic housings or small mechanical gearboxes. The company says it has dramatically cut entry cost on the smallest – with larger equipment running right up to 800 x 600mm machines.  Read More


What is Shaderlight?

Shaderlight is a new physically based, progressive ray-tracer that enables interactive changes to be made to materials, environments, lighting and textures – the key MELT attributes – at any stage within the rendering process.   Read More


Fascinating, but has anybody got a use for this?

Rapid prototyping has been used to make Gömböcs, which are solid shapes that have only one stable and one unstable position of equilibrium.  Read More

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