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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10/02/2011

Fast fastening

Tom Shelley reports on fastening and joining components for motorsport and other demanding applications.  Read More

10/02/2011

'Green' composites save money

Tom Shelley reports on two ways of making eco composites with financial benefits.  Read More

13/01/2011

Sponsored by Cambridge Consultants: Bright brains to solve difficult problems

After 50 years of product development, we've learnt a thing or two about how you can bring a truly innovative idea to market. As the world has become more sophisticated, so have the needs of clients. Bright brains to solve difficult problems is – in today's competitive world – no longer enough. Clients need their product development to fulfil the market need within a narrow market time window. Very often radical innovation is required to maintain or develop market share. What have we learned about how to achieve this?  Read More

13/01/2011

3D modelling offers greater realism

Tom Shelley reports on some of the directions being taken by 3D modelling and the crucial role it is set to play in society.  Read More

13/01/2011

Novel bearings enable new EV design

The successful design of low carbon vehicles is making new demands of components such as bearings. Paul Fanning reports.  Read More

13/01/2011

Polymer bearings improve bikes and food processing

Tom Shelley reports on some recent advances in solid state bearings that allow them to replace rolling element metallic types.   Read More

13/01/2011

Composites and metals combine for strength

Tom Shelley reports on how composite patches can strengthen metal structures and thick metal coatings can enhance composites.   Read More

13/01/2011

Controlled turbulence enhances performance

Tom Shelley reports on projects that benefit from more turbulence and systems that benefit from less, and how to achieve the desired results.  Read More

06/12/2010

Engineering tomorrow

Tom Shelley looks at developments in the last 30 years and makes some predictions about the next 30.  Read More

06/12/2010

Innovating for a living

For 50 years, Cambridge Consultants has remained at the cutting edge of technological development. Paul Fanning asks CEO Dr Brian Moon how this has been done.   Read More

06/12/2010

Where have all the engineers gone?

In this article, contributed for Eureka's 30th Anniversary, Richard Noble, Director of the Bloodhound Project, asks what must be done to encourage the next generation of engineers.  Read More

06/12/2010

Expect the unexpected

Kate Bellingham, National STEM Careers Coordinator, engineer and former 'Tomorrow's World' presenter stresses the difficulty of predicting future technology.  Read More

06/12/2010

Sponsored story: CAD and PLM – The next 30 years

Tom Shelley gets a horse's mouth insight into the shape of CAD and PLM in the years to come.  Read More

06/12/2010

Sponsored story: Can you improve your business?

Martin Clarke, pictured, TFC Group Managing Director & Brian Goode, TFC Technical Director, look at ways in which their company can help customers achieve their goals.  Read More

06/12/2010

Sponsored story: Arresting the decline in oil production

Ian Anderson of Camcon Oil looks at the way in which smaller companies can maximise oil production.   Read More

06/12/2010

Lightning combines direct and parametric

Tom Shelley reports on the shape of PTC's long-anticipated combined CAD software.  Read More

06/12/2010

CAD shapes up for the future

Tom Shelley reports on up and coming developments in the CAD world, some of which can be trialled, and others expected to soon become available.  Read More

06/12/2010

Plastics get greener

Tom Shelley reports on some of the plastic innovations that were revealed at this year's 'K' show.  Read More

22/11/2010

Moving Beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping

By Richard Blatcher, head of marketing – Manufacturing Industry Group, EMEA at Autodesk  Read More

15/11/2010

Cream of the crop

This year's Awards showed the depth and breadth of engineering excellence in the UK. Graham Pitcher reports. The winners of the 2010 British Engineering Excellence Awards were announced at a gala luncheon at London's Globe Theatre on 14 October. Congratulations to all the winners and to Grand Prix winner Andrew Burrows in particular. And thanks to all the companies that entered. The BEEAs will be back again in 2011, so watch out for the call for entries next year.  Read More

15/11/2010

The sticking point

Eureka's Joining & Fastening Round Table event concluded that much greater knowledge and consideration of joining techniques is needed.  Read More

15/11/2010

Solid Edge designs in flexibility

Tom Shelley reports on a step forward in CAD.  Read More

15/11/2010

Not reinventing the wheel

Tom Shelley reports on progress in locating lost knowledge and preventing it from becoming lost in the first place.  Read More

13/10/2010

Ceramics in a bag give extra strength

Tom Shelley reports on a construction that allows ceramics to withstand massive impacts.  Read More

13/10/2010

Taking the steps to success

Tom Shelley reports on the challenges facing anyone seeking to produce innovative and successful products  Read More

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