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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01/11/2001

Straight lay-up gives carbon fibre greater strength

A new carbon fibre lay-up process, developed for yacht masts, has the potential to offer enhanced structural properties to a wide variety of other industries and products  Read More

01/11/2001

Sandwiches absorb all shocks

Sandwich constructions of metals and plastics, or metals and concrete, show cost benefits in an astonishing range of applications  Read More

01/11/2001

Snappy joining solution

Joining materials can be a major stumbling block in some designs  Read More

01/11/2001

Switches reach through solid walls

New switching technology looks especially suitable for wet, corrosive and hazardous environments.  Read More

01/11/2001

Run quiet, run smooth brings profits from precision

Ways in which added value from bearing makers can help engineers meet more demanding environmental requirements and increase sales.  Read More

01/10/2001

Plastics shine in new advances

Recent advances in plastics and their uses, including plastic silencers for car exhausts and materials that glow all night long  Read More

01/10/2001

PDAs used to improve bolt tightening

Palmtops are given a new purpose in life as inexpensive instrumentation  Read More

01/10/2001

Viewer combines models with minimal effort

Low-cost software that offers an easy way to view very complex assemblies of parts  Read More

01/10/2001

Office suite offered for CAD

SolidWorks has just introduced SolidWorks Office  Read More

01/10/2001

New tools help get things together

New tools and strategies to assist collaborative engineering and product life management  Read More

01/10/2001

Caged ballscrews enhance performance

Market forces, legislation and designing from first principles have enabled one company to develop a new range of ball screws with a number of interesting design tweaks  Read More

01/10/2001

Cams prevent flying tyres

The dangers of detached tyres are evident when you see pile-ups in Formula One  Read More

01/09/2001

Steel makes lightweight fibre sandwich

A striking new material is being piloted for the automotive industry.  Read More

01/09/2001

Hingeing on safety

For some unknown reason, some machine operators will 'sabotage' the machinery they are using to make their life that little bit easier  Read More

01/08/2001

Why are we still waiting

Some of the barriers to collaborative engineering and system integration and suggests ways in which these may be overcome  Read More

01/08/2001

Ordinary hardware - amazing images

Ordinary desktop hardware can offer the unconstrained 3D reconstruction normally restricted to the realm of super computers  Read More

01/07/2001

Precision measurement makes better products, cold or hot

Advances in precise measurement techniques have the power to produce better materials-based products faster and detect potential faults long before they become apparent  Read More

01/07/2001

Moulded rods make stronger screws

Fastening composites with metal screws means joining materials with different thermal expansion coefficients, and different mechanical and corrosion properties.  Read More

01/07/2001

Virtual skiing offers realistic thrills

Realism in virtual reality takes a step forward  Read More

01/07/2001

Plug and play in record time

DIN standard cable connectors are used in every imaginable bit of hardware that needs some kind of communication connection  Read More

01/07/2001

Bearing lubrication comes in from the cold

Grease can be found that reliably protects under conditions of extreme cold  Read More

01/07/2001

Bacteria may lead to nano bearings

Serious money is being sunk into researching nano mechanisms on the molecular scale found in nature  Read More

01/06/2001

Stainless steel and titanium join forces

A new joining technique is likely to have a dramatic effect on products ranging from marine heat exchangers to golf clubs  Read More

01/06/2001

Black is the colour for emissivity

A new anodised coating has radical implications for more efficiently gathering alternative energy and improving energy efficiency generally  Read More

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