Rubber and Plastics Features

Find in depth design and production features about plastics and rubber innovations. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions about rubber and plastic materials, how to design to get the most from them, their manufacture, and then what to do when it comes to disposal.

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Nanofibres spun out in bulk

Czech based manufacturer Elmarco is supplying machines that can mass produce nanoscale plastic fibres.   Read More


Seeing is believing

Tom Shelley reports on latest advances in interacting with virtual worlds to design better products.  Read More


Bioplastics save cost as well as the environment

Researchers in Malaysia have developed low cost polymer based materials using natural and waste products.   Read More


Plastic key to vehicle weight reduction

The use of different types of plastic is playing a vital role in increased fuel consumption.   Read More


End product defines best route to useful prototypes

There is nothing like a physical product to appreciate how something is going to look and work. Apple, famed for innovative product ­designs such as the iPod and iPhone, owes much its global success to the design tools it uses.  Read More


Nature shapes superior surfaces

Advanced engineering coatings that are harder, more non stick and work at higher temperatures are being developed as an alternative to PTFE. These low cost coatings are also unable to get wet, can enhance fluid flow or act as thermal barriers.  Read More


Steel alloy fabric is a cut above

Tom Shelley reports on prize winning health and safety innovations that rely upon advanced materials   Read More


Nanoplastic goes commercial

A electrically conductive plastic, that incorporates nanotubes, is being used commercially for the first time by Bosch  Read More


Compound developments

Recent progress in plastic material has seen a number of new compounds enter the market that give designers superior properties  Read More


Active tilting set to roll out

The tandem two seater urban car that aims to ease congestion and have low emissions for the inner city. Justin Cunningham investigates  Read More


Magnetic fields generate volts

Tom Shelley reports on a new family of sensors and transducers coming to market that are based on advanced materials  Read More


Thick sandwiches designed for infusion

Tom Shelley investigates a new type of sandwich material that could replace aluminium honeycomb in defence and aerospace applications  Read More


Flexible film works with force

Tom Shelley reports on a commercial polymer that can be used to make sensors, actuators, and energy harvesters  Read More


Polymer research pays off for safety

Tom Shelley investigates the advantages brought by advanced polymer technologies to personal protective equipment  Read More


Saving the planet… with plastic!?

The plastics industry is trying to change the view that it is bad for the environment. Justin Cunningham investigates  Read More


PDM ‘09

Justin Cunningham takes a look forward to the UK's premier plastics exhibition  Read More


Are we still talking about this?

The argument for going to 3D from 2D packages still seems to be out there but it is somewhat less forceful than it was. Justin Cunningham reports  Read More


Ancient warrior brought back to life

Tom Shelley explains how rapid prototyping is being used to recreate a treasure from the past  Read More


Metal-polymers have shining future

Tom Shelley reports on a novel material technology that has great potential for low cost solar cells and a host of other applications  Read More


3D simulation solves crimes and accidents

Tom Shelley reports on the growing application of 3D CAD to engineering and human forensics  Read More


Mouse based mannequin enhances virtual heart

Tom Shelley reports on an amazing and potentially life saving application of animated computer graphics for the medical market  Read More


Showing lots of fibre

Tom Shelley reports on a breakthrough in the commercial production of bacterial cellulose nanofibres for engineering materials from fruit waste  Read More


Lightning goes electric

When an established gas-guzzling sports car goes electric, it involves more than simply putting a new engine under the bonnet. Lou Reade reports  Read More


Absorbing the payback, extracting the benefits

Tom Shelley reports on latest developments in composites reinforced with natural fibres  Read More


Taking 3D learning to another dimension

3D is a vital design tool – but it takes some handling, as Tom Shelley finds out  Read More

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