Engineering Materials News

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Ipods incorporated into suits

Clothing manufacturer Bagir will use smart fabrics to turn a suit lapel into a five-button panel – allowing users to browse through their iPods  Read More


Spray on technology helps heat composites

A ‘spray-on heating system’ for coating composite parts could be used as a way of de-icing aircraft wings.  Read More


Force feedback could save lives

A piece of simulation will help passengers get out of an Airbus more quickly in an emergency  Read More


UAVs to carry passengers within two decades

Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) could become common within five years, with unmanned passenger flights possible within 20  Read More


Lotus car wins race – despite lack of engine

The composite-bodied Type 119c soapbox car smashed the course record for downhill racing at the Brooklands Soapbox Derby at the weekend  Read More


UK firm plays its part in $100m yacht

Southampton-based composites specialist Insensys played a major role in the construction of the Maltese Falcon, the ‘superyacht’ unveiled last week in Italy  Read More


Ford invests £1 billion on ‘green’ cars

The car giant is to spend £1bn in the UK developing more environmentally friendly vehicles.  Read More


Glass beads slash weight of cast metal parts

German scientists have used the tiny hollow beads to reduce the density of the components  Read More


CFD puts a spin on free kicks

Research from the University of Sheffield uses computational fluid dynamics to study swerving footballs  Read More


New High-Performance Sportscar to be Built at Hethel

The new mid engined sports car from Lotus will be manufactured at the Group Lotus headquarters at Hethel in Norfolk U.K.  Read More


Plaque honours career of British engineer

An English Heritage Blue Plaque was today placed at 13 Bedford Square, the former London residence of Sir Harry Ricardo FRS  Read More


Solvay implements award-winning technology "pseudoliving" materials

Solvay Solexis announces today that it has started supplying a new grade of perfluoroelastomers created through its polymerization technology called ''Branching & Pseudoliving'', which can generate products with properties that cannot be obtained by conventional manufacturing techniques.  Read More


Inventor's champion passes on

It is with the deepest regret that we have to report the sudden death of Professor David Nicholas MBE, long time champion of struggling inventors and the originator of The Virtual Company.  Read More


Lens made thinner using transparent ceramic

Thanks to the high refractive index of a novel glass ceramic, it is possible to make digital cameras 20 per cent thinner  Read More


Engineering soldier plans to autogyro round the World

Sergeant Andrew Wilson, a REME mechanical engineer from Glenrothes, is chief engineer for Army expedition 'Global Eagle' - an attempt to circumnavigate the world in an utogyro.  Read More


Boeing and IBM Dassault partner to enhance PLM for 7E7

Dassault Systèmes is partnering with The Boeing Company to enhance its suite of V5 Product Lifecycle Management software to provide unique digital processes and tools for the 7E7 global development environment. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


virtual engineering gives Airbus jumbo more lift

Virtual engineering design, spearheaded in the automotive industry, has now been deployed in the aircraft industry with startling success. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


London businesses confident but manufacturing stagnating

A new survey last month suggests that London businesses are feeling confident this year, but manufacturing continues to stagnate. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Lean thinking comes to design

Product design and development processes could be twice as fast, efficient and accurate as today’s average, if they were subjected to ‘lean thinking’ principles. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


National award for low carbon innovators

The Carbon Trust, in association with the Sunday Telegraph, last month announced the launch of a major national award scheme for companies that are taking "imaginative steps or developing new technologies which help reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions." Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Flat lens works by smooth variation of liquid crystals

A new prototype liquid crystal variable lens uses modal addressing to smoothly vary refractive index across its width  Read More


New integration tool enables sharing of design and production data

A new integration tool developed by German PLM (product lifecycle management) software consultancy firm Cenit, enables manufacturing companies to link their design, production and business processes, improving supply chain collaboration and communication between engineering, procurement, manufacturing and sales. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


New FEA software suits large models

New FEA software is said to offer 'dramatic' gains for very large problems  Read More


Gold medal awarded

The chief executive of BOC Edwards, has been awarded the IEE’s premier manufacturing award, the Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal  Read More


Automotive world first

Mazda has demonstrated the world's first automotive application of aluminium joining using frictional heat. Mark Fletcher takes a look  Read More

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