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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In with the old

Intelligent design and better processing techniques will help established plastics – such as elastomers and PTFE – to prove their ongoing worth  Read More


Same paper, different news

Newspapers may never be the same thanks to research being conducted in the US  Read More


Graphite foam is the king of cool

A method of making carbon-based foam that will take the heat out of a number of technologies  Read More


Material advantage

Plastics are gaining in popularity, but their properties are still a mystery to many engineers.  Read More


Fifth element makes the ultimate material

A long sought for material that could make the ultimate bearings and has potential for structures and electronics  Read More


Invisible laser weld to dye for

How a colourless dye could revolutionise the welding of plastics  Read More


Bone-shaped fibres bear the brunt

An advance in composite fabrication that brings additional strength to a range of structures  Read More


Thermoplastics spread their wings

Materials make aeroplanes lighter and easier to manufacture  Read More


Biotechnology is the key to better plastics

Improved catalysts - both synthetic and natural - will enhance the production of new and improved plastics  Read More


Wheels within plastic wheels

Two shot moulding has at last delivered the plastic puncture-proof tyre, at least for small vehicles.  Read More


Prototyping shows its metal

A process that could revolutionise the way in which metal parts are produced.  Read More


Laser sintering cuts mould production time

A process that takes rapid prototyping to new levels and allows the fabrication of moulds that are impossible to create by other means.  Read More

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