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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01/06/2001

A clamp that fits all shapes and sizes

The clamp, one of the most ubiquitous pieces of engineering hardware, has been around in many guises since the dawn of engineering.  Read More

01/06/2001

Wire lights point the way

Linear arrays of bright lights are needed in a multitude of applications whether they be for safety, guidance or indeed, aesthetics  Read More

01/06/2001

Added value in your software

Developments designed to reveal and enhance some of the lesser known capabilities of Microsoft Office and the advantages of fully integrated CADCAM  Read More

01/05/2001

Nanobelts could smash technology barriers

The latest advance in nanotechnology could break the size and price barriers that current technologies impose on a variety of electronic devices.  Read More

01/05/2001

Moulding without the mould

Plastic moulding, for all the flexibility it offers the designer, still suffers from the intrinsic problem of set up price  Read More

01/05/2001

Jigsaw approach to repairable honeycomb

Honeycomb structures have proved their worth in a multitude of different applications.  Read More

01/05/2001

The chain of events in a redesign

Designing from first principles has paid dividends to one company as it claims to have "created the first new chain design in over 100 years"  Read More

01/05/2001

Reflector LEDs have a bright future

There is always a need for flat sources of illumination  Read More

01/05/2001

Virtual worlds in the palm of the hand

The next generation of CAD work stations offer full interactive 3D designing yet fit in the pocket  Read More

01/05/2001

Spinning projector creates 3D designs

A technology which offers multiple-user 3D design visualisation on your desktop  Read More

01/05/2001

Sleeve bearings live long

How low cost sleeve bearings are coming to replace ball bearings in an application requiring a high degree of long term reliability  Read More

01/04/2001

The healing power of polymers

Advances in polymer technology which should open up their application bases even further  Read More

01/04/2001

Plastics can provide their own feedback

Measurement and feedback of physical forces experienced by composites can be achieved with the use of modified fibre optics  Read More

01/04/2001

Faster to market and faster to customers

How injection mouldings can be produced more right first time and also faster and cheaper  Read More

01/04/2001

Downstream data secures more business

New ways in which electronic data sharing can expand an engineering company's business and increase its prosperity  Read More

01/03/2001

Light alloys advance to bigger markets

Materials and technologies previously restricted to aerospace and Formula 1 racing are penetrating wider markets as costs come down and technical difficulties are overcome  Read More

01/03/2001

Seals protect in worst environments

New seal designs protect rolling elements in bearings in two contrasting, but equally severe applications  Read More

01/02/2001

Vibration power cancels sound

Vibrating objects generate noise. This is a particular problem with large machines such as power transformers  Read More

01/02/2001

2001 - A holographic odyssey

It is possible that the future of computer-based design is set to change forever  Read More

01/12/2000

Two wheels and fast turbulence

How laser scanners have achieved "the impossible" to help the world of two-wheeled motorsport  Read More

01/12/2000

Pumped pressure makes smooth rotations

Hydrodynamic and aerodynamic bearings with outstanding performance and the potential to improve the efficiency of gas fired power stations  Read More

01/12/2000

Pumped pressure makes smooth rotations

Tom Shelley reports on hydrodynamic and aerodynamic bearings with outstanding performance and the potential to improve the efficiency of gas fired power stations  Read More

01/11/2000

Materials get a spring in their step

Three major materials developments which could transform aspects of engineering design, all from research establishments in the former Soviet Union  Read More

01/11/2000

Looking to the future

Transparent plastic sheet is finding new capabilities and applications  Read More

01/10/2000

Material waves rigidity

Clever manipulation of steel leads to a panel shape which is both quiet and rigid  Read More

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