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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Bone-shaped fibres bear the brunt

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


Screen puts in a solid performance

Fluidics and hydraulics combine to make an ingenious filtration system that is completely maintenance-free  Read More


Straight out of the arc

Advances in technology and technique have taken arc welding into the high precision arena  Read More


Thermoplastics spread their wings

Materials make aeroplanes lighter and easier to manufacture  Read More


One ball saves the raceway

Ceramic ball reduces wear and ensures that bearing raceways last longer  Read More


Foam sandwich spreads the load

Aluminium foams have expanded into applications involving impact absorption.  Read More


Aluminium makes it onto the circuit

Printed circuit boards can be constructed from alternating layers of aluminium and aluminium oxide, using a new manufacturing process.  Read More


Metal foam delivers superlight components

Foamed metals are strong, rigid, fire and impact resistant, and a fraction of the weight of their conventional counterparts.  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


Electron beam has foam in stitches

Better noise damping in cars thanks to programmable foam cushioning  Read More


Working on the chain gang

Lubrication is a necessity for chain systems - but what about sensitive applications, such as food production, where lubricant may be undesirable?  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


Putting gears onto a new planet

Self-aligning bearings from SKF have helped Italian engineers to redesign a gearbox, making it cheaper and much less complex  Read More


The process that came in from the cold

Advances in cold forming allow high precision components to be made from stainless steel in one shot  Read More


Aluminium alloys get it together

Aluminium alloys and metal matrix composites can be joined without loss of shear strength.  Read More


VR is having a ball

A new approach to virtual reality promises to be the most realistic so far.  Read More


Magnetic force creates a revolution

Replacing steel balls or rollers with a controlled magnetic force offers a radical option to designers of bearing systems.  Read More


Creating a sensor of achievement

A novel way of sensing presence or absence of objects, an improvement over existing methods.  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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