Engineering Materials News

The latest news from the global materials community including material science, engineering, breakthroughs, innovation and applications.

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Deadline for Semta skills awards extended until 11th December

The deadline for the Semta skills awards – one of industry’s most prestigious celebrations of engineering skills – has been extended until 11th December.  Read More


Engineering Materials Live exhibitor gets the measure of assembly

Electronics assembly requires high accuracy for parts with miniature dimensions. Yet concurrently, the production of electronic sub-assemblies and components also requires high speed, with processes that must deliver the highest quality: so, it is perhaps unsurprising that many production steps in the electronics assembly arena have become highly automated.   Read More


The 1969 Austin Zanda – the ‘sports Maxi’? See it at FAST Live

An important development following the formation of British Leyland in 1968 was to set up a complete styling studio, initially based at the Pressed Steel plant in Cowley, Oxford.  Read More


Engineering Materials Live exhibitor launches free materials selector tool

Engineering materials expert Distrupol has launched a quick, clear and easy-to-use new materials selector tool which is now available on the company’s website - and which may also form a conversation point on their stand at the Engineering Solutions Live exhibition on 12th March next year, which incorporates Engineering Materials Live.  Read More


Advances in e-motor technology to headline at Engineering Materials Live exhibition, March 2020

Located adjacent to the world famous JLR plant at Gaydon in Warwickshire, the British Motor Museum plays host to an interesting exhibition on March 12th 2020, when the Engineering Solutions Live event takes place. Engineering Solutions Live is now the umbrella name for Engineering Materials Live, FAST Live, PCB Design and Manufacture Live and Making Measurement Matter. One of the key exhibitors at the event is using the opportunity to showcase many of its materials which have been specifically designed for use in electric motors, including the types of motor found in the latest generation of electric cars.  Read More


See it at FAST Live March 12th 2020: the Austin Allegro sectioned car

The Austin Allegro, perhaps unfairly known by some during its day as the “All Aggro”, was introduced in 1973 to replace the best-selling Austin/Morris 1100/1300 model range, a good number of which may still be seen on our roads, or beside them as the case may be…..  Read More


Smash-proof, all-metal guitar set to rock EDS

Global engineering group Sandvik will showcase its cutting-edge 3D-printed stainless-steel guitar at the Engineering Design Show (EDS) in two weeks’ time, on 16 October 2019 in Coventry.  Read More


Competition launched for reprocessing mine tailings for the glass industry

Ennomotive, the leading open innovation platform for engineering challenges, just launched a competition to find new ways to eliminate impurities from mine tailings and use them to produce different types of glass.  Read More


British Engineering Excellence Awards 2019 shortlist released

MA Business, publisher of New Electronics and Eureka magazines, is delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).  Read More


Robotics Innovation Hub introduced to Engineering Design Show 2019 to amplify visitor experience

The Engineering Design Show is introducing a new Robotics Innovation Hub to enhance the experience for both visitors and exhibitors to this year’s show. The Engineering Design Show is the UK's largest exhibition and conference entirely dedicated to the needs of the design engineering community and returns to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 16-17 October 2019.  Read More


Powerful laser could boost car manufacturing

With the ability to cut and shape ultra-high-strength boron steel up to one thousand times faster than existing technology, a new precision pulse laser looks set to boost the car industry with a 10% reduction in waste products, a 5% reduction in chassis costs, and a two-third decrease in manufacturing time.   Read More


New magazine launched to focus on manufacturing sector in Ireland

MA Business, publisher of leading engineering design and manufacturing magazines Eureka!, New Electronics, FAST, Machinery and Manufacturing Management, is delighted to announce the launch of ‘MADE in Ireland’ – a magazine for the manufacturing and design engineering sector in Ireland.  Read More


Additively manufactured spinal implants

A collaboration between advanced technology and engineering companies has demonstrated the advantages of additive manufacturing (AM) in the production of spinal implants.   Read More


National Space Centre and Nylacast launch mission to develop future scientists and engineers

Nylacast has become one of the first sponsors of the National Space Centre’s IGNITE scheme, focused on developing future scientists and engineers.  Read More


Barclays launches clinics to support manufacturing businesses through Brexit

Barclays has announced that it will be hosting over 100 clinics for businesses from March, including workshops for manufacturing clients, to provide additional support through Brexit.   Read More


Low-cost, self-cleaning coating

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has collaborated on a project to advance the development of a low-cost, self-cleaning coating technology for industrial filter membranes.  Read More


New materials could make future vehicles more comfortable

Scientists from Surrey joined forces with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of California to develop a material that has high stiffness and damping. The material, that is as stiff as metal but flexible enough to withstand strong vibrations, could transform the car manufacturing industry, the scientists say.  Read More


£7m boost for ‘virtual factory’ will speed up alloy development

Developing and testing new steel alloys will be up to 100 times faster, allowing new products to reach market more quickly, thanks to £7 million of funding announced for a ‘virtual factory’ being developed by Swansea University, in partnership with Tata Steel and WMG, at the University of Warwick.   Read More


Discussing the use of AI to design advanced materials at Engineering Materials Live

Using artificial intelligence (AI) and harnessing the power of deep learning to guide the design of new advanced materials, is the topic of a speaker paper that will be delivered at Engineering Materials Live later this week, by Cambridge-based company Intellegens.  Read More


Material shifts shape using heat and light

A material developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli before reverting to its original form.  Read More


Tufnol Composites to return to Engineering Materials Live

Tufnol Composites is returning to the Engineering Materials Live show following success at the exhibition in 2017.  Read More


Graphene smart membranes can control water

Researchers at The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) have successfully controlled water flow by sending an electrical current through graphene oxide membranes. The membranes can even be used to completely block water from passing through when required. This research is claimed to open an avenue for developing smart membrane technologies and could revolutionise the field of artificial biological systems, tissue engineering and filtration.  Read More


‘Stealth’ material hides hot objects from infrared sensors

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets even in the dead of night or through heavy fog. Now, thanks to researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, hiding from such detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new cloaking material that renders objects — and people — practically invisible.  Read More


This material’s properties could enable better IR detection for autonomous vehicles

One of the leading challenges for autonomous vehicles is to ensure that they can detect and sense objects – even through dense fog. Compared to the current visible light-based cameras, infrared (IR) cameras can offer better visibility through the fog, smoke or tiny particles that can scatter the visible light.   Read More


First partners announced by Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

The University of Manchester’s recently completed £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has agreed the first in a series of industrial partnerships to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene in Manchester.  Read More

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