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Stronger, lighter steel developed for automotive industry

Tata Steel has developed a new grade of steel for the automotive industry. The move is in response to market requirements for stronger and lighter steels.  Read More


Steel pistons cut fuel consumption by 3%

As part of its quest for ever greater fuel economy, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the aluminium pistons in its diesel passenger cars with hi-tech steel ones.  Read More


Airbus puts its faith in 3D printed parts

Airbus, in conjunction with tier 1 supplier GKN Aerospace, is increasingly exploring the possibilities of using additive manufacturing (AM) to produce parts for its jetliners.  Read More


Material is as light as aerogel but 10,000 times stronger

In a development that could revolutionise the aerospace and automotive industries, researchers from MIT and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a new class of ultra lightweight materials that are as light as aerogels, yet 10,000 stronger.  Read More


Aerospace castings facility gets £7m cash injection

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has secured £7million in funding for research into large titanium castings for the next generation of aircraft.  Read More


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


Stronger, more ductile steel the promise of new technique

Researchers have found a way to improve the strength of steel without sacrificing ductility.  Read More


EOS has metal materials for AM applications

German manufacturer EOS has introduced two new materials for 3D printing applications – the titanium Ti64ELI and the EOS StainlessSteel 316L.  Read More


Self-healing paint stops military vehicles from rusting

A powder that could allow scratched or chipped paint to 'heal like human skin' is being investigated by researchers at the Office of Naval Research and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.  Read More


Titanium seats cut aircraft weight

Lightweight aircraft passenger seats have been developed by French firm Expliseat.  Read More


UK steel production on road to recovery

British crude steel production averaged 228,000 tonnes a week in 2013, 23.7% higher than the previous year.  Read More


Plastic manifold to feature on Ford's latest V6 engine

Ford has swapped out brazed metal manifold components in two of its new V6 engines with a lightweight plastic part made from DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin.  Read More


AM holds promise for cheaper aircraft parts

A recent study has concluded that the cost of some aircraft parts could be substantially reduced if additive manufacturing methods were used instead of more traditional processes.  Read More


Titanium used to 3D print automotive parts

A UK company has found a way to produce titanium powder at a much lower cost than was previously possible.  Read More


3D printing enters 'metal age'

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to take 3D printing "into the metal age" by building printed parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects that can withstand extreme loads and temperatures up to 3,000°C.  Read More


Process could cut cost of titanium by 60%

A new refinery process is being developed in the US that could lower the cost of titanium by up to 60%.  Read More


Materials breakthrough set to benefit aerospace industry

In a breakthrough which could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists in the US have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight wonder material magnesium.   Read More


Hike in UK steel output

Britain's steel industry has seen increased output in the first half of the year, according to newly released figures from UK Steel.  Read More


Metallic bubble wrap could find use in automotive industry

A new type of metallic bubble wrap that is lighter, stronger and more flexible than sheet metal and more heat and chemical resistant than plastic or other polymer-based bubble wraps has been unveiled by researchers at North Carolina State University.  Read More


Plastic used as heat sink

Japanese electric vehicle pioneer, SIM-DRIVE has used a hybrid polyamide-aluminium to act as a heat sink for its latest concept car.   Read More


£5m project aims to advance understanding of metal alloys

Imperial College London is leading a project to further understand the fundamental properties of metal alloys and advance how they perform when in use.  Read More


Technique promises stronger, lighter magnesium alloys

Engineers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating stronger, lighter weight magnesium alloys with potential structural applications in the automobile and aerospace industries.  Read More


Monitoring elastic characteristics could provide early warning of material fatigue

A significant percentage of the cost of wind energy is due to wind turbine failures, as components are weakened under turbulent air flow conditions and need to be replaced.  Read More


Eurozone crisis leaves UK steel output at standstill

UK steel output in 2012 remained at a virtual standstill compared to 2011, according to annual data published by UK Steel.  Read More


Process aims to prevent cold cracking in high strength steel

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a process for making cold cracking in high strength steel more predictable.   Read More

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