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Foam innovation to aid cost efficiency in lightweighting markets

A new generation of foams from chemical’s giant SABIC promises to slash degassing time in half. It means they can reduce the working capital of foam manufacturers drastically, making the increasingly popular material cheaper and more easily available to markets looking to lightweight but bring spirally cost under control.  Read More


Humanoid robots to come to life at the Engineering Design Show

Engineered Arts will bring two humanoid robots to the upcoming Engineering Design Show (EDS). Its two robots – a Robothespian and a Socibot - will be located within the Innovation Zone, at stand B2, for visitors to interact with throughout the show.  Read More


Autonomous humanoid robot shows a range of movements

An autonomous humanoid robot has been developed under a joint project between academia and industry. The open platform robot was developed by The University of Bonn’s Autonomous Intelligent Systems group with help from tribo-plastic specialist igus.  Read More


British Engineering Excellence Awards names Lightpoint Medical as ‘Best of the Best’

Medical device company, Lightpoint Medical, has been named as the winner of the Grand Prix prize at the 2016 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held on October 6th at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London.  Read More


Flat graphene speakers for mobile audio systems

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a speaker design specifically targeted for the mobile audio market that draws its capabilities from nanomaterials. The KAIST researchers have used graphene to produce a speaker that does not require an acoustic box to produce sound.  Read More


Directa Plus launches graphene-based 3D printing material

Directa Plus has launched GRAFYLON 3D, a polylactic acid-based (PLA) graphene-enhanced filament for 3D printing, which has been developed in collaboration with FILOALFA, a division of Ciceri de Mondel that specialises in producing filaments used in 3D printing. GRAYFLON 3D is claimed to be the first 3D printing product to contain the Company’s Graphene Plus.  Read More


High performance polyamide based material for 3D printing

CRP Technology has launched WINDFORM FX BLACK, a new generation polyamide based composite material within the WINDFORM family of materials for professional 3D Printing. Dark black in colour, its mechanical characteristics make it particularly suited for Additive Manufacturing applications.  Read More


Spectrographic and AMRC Training Centre partner to provide Applied Educational Technical Metallurgy Courses

As the metallurgy industry continues to expand and diversify, Spectrographic has joined forces with the AMRC Training Centre to begin delivering training courses for industry personnel of all levels of expertise.  Read More


Intelligent plasma treatment for automotive manufacturing

Plasma Treatment technology supplier, Dyne Technology, has introduced the PlasmaTEC-X Atmospheric Plasma System. The solution is said to provide an economical, efficient and environmentally friendly method of improving adhesion and wetting qualities of a wide range of substrates from traditionally ‘non-stick’ polymers to composite blends, ceramics, glass and metals.  Read More


Spray-on hydrophobic material

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a spray-on material with the ability to repel water. The researchers say their protective coating could eventually be used to waterproof mobile phones, prevent ice from forming on aeroplanes, keeping skyscraper windows clean or protect boat hulls from corroding.  Read More


Life-saving bacteria-phobic material coating

Medical innovator Camstent has announced that it has raised a record £850,000, nearly trebling the original £300,000 target, to bring its bacteria-phobic polymer coatings to market.  Read More


Covestro supports sustainable power generation with more efficient wind turbine manufacture

Covestro has created the first ever large polyurethane rotor blade, replacing epoxy in the composite structure. The 37.5m blade was made in conjunction with the Shanghai FRP Research Institute, and will make up a prototype 1.5MW turbine to assess performance.   Read More


Polymer camouflage technology could hide tanks in plain sight

Researchers from the University of South Australia's Future Industries Institute have developed adaptive camouflage cells for tanks in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group.  Read More


Three weeks left to secure your free ticket to the FAST Exhibition

The Williams Conference Centre, Grove, Oxfordshire, is the place to be on 22 September 2016 when it plays host to The Fastening & Assembly Solutions and Technology (FAST) Exhibition.  Read More


Manchester scientist develops designer membranes

Sebastian Leaper, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, has won the Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2016 for his business proposal to develop world changing water filtration technology using graphene.  Read More


3D printed steel bracket yields fresh innovation for construction giant

Construction giant Arup is claiming that 3D printing is to make its construction debut, following the announcement it has produced a series of metallic brackets that are re-engineered structural steel elements. The part is designed to fit firmly into real-world, ‘hard hat’ construction projects, and could signal a new direction for the company, as it begins to experiment with additive manufacturing technology in the field of construction and engineering.  Read More


3D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print 3D structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures are said to spring back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature range.  Read More


Research 'error' leads to metal processing breakthrough

US researchers have discovered a way of smelting metal using electricity, potentially revolutionising the way the metallic materials are produced. The team’s breakthrough came while doing unrelated electrochemistry work with batteries.  Read More


World’s first autonomous, entirely soft robot

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. The small, 3D-printed robot, nicknamed the octobot, could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines.  Read More


Volvo and Uber to develop driverless cars

Volvo is to partner with Uber to develop a fleet of autonomous cars.  Read More


Audi drivers to get green light countdown as cars connect to traffic lights

Audi has developed a traffic light recognition technology that will display to drivers how long until the next green light. It plans to roll out the technology on US models next year, and is currently waiting for an update to infrastructure before making the system available to UK drivers.  Read More


Driving customisation

DirectCoating/DirectSkinning technology aims to meet the requirements of car buyers and manufacturers alike. While consumers prefer a personalised vehicle interior with a premium appearance and an attractive design, the automotive industry is looking to manufacture components efficiently. Interest in this new technology is thus growing steadily, and it is now used in series production.   Read More


Inspiration for potential engineers

Bosch Rexroth teamed up with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to host an Open House Day to inspire the next generation of engineers.   Read More


Airlander 10 maiden flight delayed following 'technical issue'

The maiden flight of the long awaited Airlander 10 airship has been delayed at the 11th hour following a 'technical issue', despite leaving the hanger and undergoing intensive preparations over the weekend.   Read More


EU’s fast track to innovation

The European Commission is awarding €32 million to bring innovative ideas to market quicker. The 15 benefiting projects, involving 70 partners in 19 countries, will receive around €2 million each under the fifth round of the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) scheme run under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.  Read More

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