Engineering Materials Features

Delve more deeply in to the world of materials innovation. Our expert editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions from industry about how to improve design and what you should be thinking about when it comes to questions about materials in design and engineering.

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09/12/2011

Manufacturers urged to automate

As manufacturing rides on a wave of enthusiasm from Government, the lack of automation is causing real concern. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

09/12/2011

Autodesk to enter PLM market

Autodesk says will offer a PLM solution from next year. Justin Cunningham talks to two of the company's executives to find out what's behind the move.  Read More

09/12/2011

Bridging the divide

Justin Cunningham talks to PTC about the thinking behind bringing software engineering in to its PLM offering and the imminent release of Creo 2.0.  Read More

09/12/2011

Keeping it steel

Can steel really compete with aluminium and composite materials when it comes to lightweighting? Justin Cunningham talks to a company that says it can.  Read More

09/12/2011

The ceramic dynamic

Could plasma spraying technology offer the ability to manufacture high-strength, lightweight, pure ceramic components? Eureka reports.  Read More

09/11/2011

High-density heat exchanger developed for aerospace

Tom Shelley reports on the development of what is believed to be the world's highest performance heat exchanger.  Read More

09/11/2011

Early prototyping benefits Bentley

Making the most of rapid prototyping technology early in the design process is bringing significant benefits to luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

09/11/2011

Expanding properties

Plastic materials that can expand on contact with water are finding increasing applications in industry. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

09/11/2011

Snap fit and vibration-free for BMW

Justin Cunningham reports on how demountable, vibration-free fasteners ensure that the mirrors on BMW motorcycles give drivers the steadiest view ever.  Read More

13/10/2011

Cover story: Planet of the Apps

The number of apps available for smartphones and tablet computers begs the question; what's in it for engineers? Justin Cunningham finds out.   Read More

13/10/2011

Materials drive bearing advances

Materials are at the heart of any bearing's success or failure. Paul Fanning looks at some recent developments.   Read More

13/10/2011

Fuel economies of scale

Low carbon vehicles are increasingly going to market, with much of the innovation led by UK engineers. Justin Cunningham reports from the Low Carbon Vehicles Event.  Read More

13/10/2011

Better tools for conceptual design

Is sustainability something software can help designers achieve? Justin Cunningham finds out.  Read More

13/10/2011

New materials at Composites show

The Composites Engineering Show 2011 will be showing some of the latest developments in this exciting sector. Paul Fanning reports.   Read More

29/09/2011

Leading manufacturers integrate Z Corporation 3D printing

It's a very competitive and fierce business environment out there. Manufacturing companies of all sizes are struggling to survive by cutting costs, improving processes and re-examining market strategies.   Read More

16/09/2011

Cover story: The front line of innovation

Designing for military applications throws up a number of problems not faced in the civilian world. Paul Fanning finds out more.   Read More

16/09/2011

Collaboration key to industrial Ethernet

Industrial Ethernet is making connectivity between industrial devices better than ever. But is this giving design engineers a headache? Justin Cunningham reports.   Read More

16/09/2011

Exhaust heat to be source of direct power

Tom Shelley reports on some of the developments aimed at producing electricity directly from car exhausts and other waste heat sources.  Read More

16/09/2011

The right tool for the job: Why designing in 2D is still commonplace

The use of advanced 3D CAD systems continues to revolutionise the way design engineers work and streamline the process of getting products to market quicker.  Read More

16/09/2011

Medical vision systems save lives

Tom Shelley reports on some of the latest technologies to enable medical staff and surgeons to make more meaningful measurements in 3D and see more clearly.  Read More

11/08/2011

Unlocking creativity

PTC has re-launched its CAD offerings under the banner of Creo 1.0. In addition, the company has also released its first batch of 'apps' to augment the core CAD software. Matt Bailey reports.  Read More

11/08/2011

Beyond PLM

At Siemens' recent PLM Connection event, Matt Bailey spoke to the company's managing director PLM Software, Robin Hancock about the company's vision for the future of PLM.  Read More

11/08/2011

Best defence: DSEI 2011

The world's largest defence and security exhibition returns to London's ExCel in September. Once again, the latest military and security technology will be on display with land, sea and air displays vying for the visitors' attention. Matt Bailey reports.  Read More

13/07/2011

Composite wheels boost impact resistance

A British company has developed composite wheels that offer a variety of benefits. Paul Fanning reports.   Read More

13/07/2011

The material world of RP

The proliferation of rapid prototyping and manufacturing methods relies on a range of materials to provide solutions for a number of engineering and manufacturing challenges. Matt Bailey reports.  Read More

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