Metals and Alloys News

The most recent news and innovations from metals and alloys industries. Find news about steel, aluminium, magnesium, copper, new and complex alloys, metal foams as well as joining and manufacturing.

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Digital laser scanner speeds welding of wind towers

A scanning-spot laser sensor designed to automate and speed the manufacture of wind towers has been launched by Meta Vision Systems. Designated DLS200, the sensor is produced at the company's factory in Oxfordshire and can be used on and other structures containing metal of different thickness.  Read More


Inflatable boat designed as underwater vehicle

Gloucestershire based Severn (7) Shipbuilders has designed and developed an innovative rigid inflatable boat that is able to submerge and operate underwater.  Read More


Laser polisher achieves surface smoothness of 50nm

Polishing metal surfaces is a demanding, but monotonous, task. Polishing machines are not believed to be adequate alternative for experts because they cannot get to difficult parts of the surface.   Read More


F1 regulation changes bring better steels for general automotive transmissions

The development of high performance steels to extend the life of transmissions of F1 cars to more than one race is expected to benefit driveline reliability and efficiency of a wide range of vehicles.  Read More


Nanotubes make aluminium nearly as strong as steel

By adding agglomerations of carbon nanotubes to aluminium using powder metallurgy, it is possible to achieve tensile that almost match those of steel.  Read More


Lockheed Martin UK to help re-invent the wheel for world’s fastest car

Lockheed Martin UK is to assist in the design of the wheels for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.  Read More


Clinics promoting copper innovations to sustain health

The Copper Development Association (CDA) is organising surgeries in Central London, commencing in July, which aim to raise awareness about ways to incorporate copper in health care designs to reduce risks of bacterial infection for patients.  Read More


Copper can be stronger, but retain ductility

Research undertaken at the Technical University of Denmark, in association with the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has shown that it is possible to produce copper which is four times stronger than commercially available material whilst retaining ductility.  Read More


Copper-bottomed guarantee to beat the bugs

The efficacy of copper and copper alloys has been rediscovered as a means of killing bacteria in hospitals  Read More


On a roll

Advances in steels and roll forming machines are lowering the cost of making structural, high strength 3D parts  Read More


New show focuses on hybrid components

The event, hybridica, will take place in Munich alongside electronics exhibition electronica in November  Read More


Umbrella car wins a prize

The ‘Kota’, conceived by Joonas Vartola, a Finnish student at the Royal College of Arts was awarded the prize for the best individual design in the “Connections Project”, a collaboration between the RCA Vehicle Design department and Corus Automotive focussed on mobility issues in rural areas.  Read More


Better joining of metal to plastic

Rimless spectacles will benefit from a new laser joining process  Read More


Fans work at higher temperatures

Aluminium impellers used in emergency smoke extractors can withstand temperatures of 400°C for two hours  Read More


Glass beads slash weight of cast metal parts

German scientists have used the tiny hollow beads to reduce the density of the components  Read More


Automotive world first

Mazda has demonstrated the world's first automotive application of aluminium joining using frictional heat. Mark Fletcher takes a look  Read More


High strength steel keeps passengers in place

Designers of the centre seat assembly on Volvo’s new XC90 vehicle have solved their initial weight and safety problems by using an alternative material for the securing beam, high strength steel. Dean Palmer reports  Read More

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