Engineering Features Videos

Seeing is believing, so prepare to be inspired and amazed. Our video content features all things materials related and brings you some of the coolest technology that is being generated and lead by the materials industry.

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Keeping metal structures cool with glass paint

Sunlight can wear down even the strongest structures. To fend off damage and heat from the sun's rays, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly paint out of glass that bounces sunlight off metal surfaces keeping them cool and durable.  Read More


Space sector heads to US on major growth mission

Nine UK space companies are in the US on a trade mission to boost investment of proprietary equipment. It will feature some of the most exciting British companies in the space industry, from small start-ups to established market leaders, with the overall aim of growing the UK presence in the global space sector from 6.5% to 10% by 2030.  Read More


Is this the future of communication?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US has demonstrated a 'Dynamic Shape Display' that physically changes shape to represent 3D content. The display, called inFORM, is a surface that attaches to a series of 'pins', actuators, and linkages. By moving each actuator, inFORM can move the pin it's attached to up or down, allowing for a wide range of movements and interactions.  Read More


Are outdated systems impacting your reputation? Build a business case for modernisation with Instron

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and components, are pleased to announce their new Lab Health Check initiative. Underperforming or unreliable machines affect your business performance and your reputation. If you are unaware of the risks of doing nothing then Instron's Lab Health Check can help you build a successful business case for upgrading old equipment.  Read More


Impact resistant, durable resin for 3D printing

Formlabs has announced a functional resin designed for 3D printing applications in engineering and prototyping. Tough Resin is said to provide users with the same physical properties as ABS for strong and sturdy parts 3D printed on the FORM 1+ SLA machine.  Read More


3D printed supercar

Start-up Californian technology company, Divergent Microfactories, said it has produced the world's first 3D printed supercar which, it claims, is also one of the greenest and most powerful cars in the world. The Blade is equipped with a 700hp bi-fuel engine that can use either compressed natural gas or petrol. The vehicle goes from 0 to 60 in just over 2s and weighs around 640kg. Divergent Microfactories said its aim is 'dematerialising and democratising car manufacture'.  Read More


Has Lexus created a hoverboard?

Is this the answer to 'Back to the Future' fans dreams or an advertising stunt? Lexus claims to have developed a functional hoverboard, called 'SLIDE', which is said to work using magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement.  Read More


The fastest sled on earth made by UK composites specialist

Composite materials are used in arguably the most exciting engineering projects on the planet, from Formula One cars to fighter jets to... sleds. Watch the video and read the story behind Guy Martin's downhill sled record. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More


ESA to develop metal additive manufacturing processes

The European Space Agency is undertaking a five year project to develop 3D printing in metals, which could mean the ability to one day print components in space.  Read More


Fundamentals of Engineering Materials Selection

Learn more about the fundamental elements to consider when selecting engineering materials to provide the best value to your applications and components.   Read More


Beagle 2 shown 'intact' on Martian surface

News emerged last week that the infamous 2003 Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been found on the surface of the Red Planet 'intact'.  Read More


HP claims its technology will reduce the cost of 3D printing ‘by a factor of 10’

Hewlett-Packard is set to enter the 3D printer market with a device based on a new technology called Multijet Fusion, but products won't appear on the market until 2016.   Read More


Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More


Discover why engineers are using the SIFCO Process to enhance, repair and refurbish metal surfaces

A portable method of electroplating localised areas, the SIFCO Process® is a fast, efficient and cost effective method of enhancing, repairing and refurbishing manufactured components. View the SIFCO Process® and discover how it is solving material challenges faced by Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Precision Engineering and many other industries, worldwide.  Read More


How to make the Fastest Wheels in History

As the Bloodhound SSC continues to be assembled before its bid to be the fastest car in history by travelling over 1000mph, we take a look at the extraordinary effort that has gone in to producing the wheels. Cast from an aerospace grade aluminium alloy and then forged, take a look at the skill - not least of the forklift truck driver - and a behind the scenes look at this metals master class.   Read More


Using a 3D Printer to Make Human Body Parts

Using x-rays, scans, and a mixture of cells, scientists are making real progress toward being able to print human tissue and organs. Inspired by Star Trek, meet the scientist trying to make the technology a reality.   Read More


The new sound of motorsport - Formula E cars start testing at Donington Park

If you are wondering what motorsport might sound like in the future, here is a short video from the first round of testing for the up and coming Formula-E all-electric car series that starts in September.   Read More


Bloodhound SSC: Inside the cockpit of a 1,000mph car

Described by driver Andy Green as his '1,000mph office', the Bloodhound SSC's new cockpit is a true showcase of world class engineering design.  Read More


Self-healing polymers are stronger than bone

IBM scientists have accidentally discovered a new class of polymer that is lightweight, stronger than bone, 100% recyclable and able to self-heal.   Read More


Spectacular material and chemical reactions

A short video of some of the most spectacular and amazing chemical reactions carried out on the small scale. The materials and properties produced are most unusual, and are just waiting for more practical application by the engineer.  Read More


Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

A video of the TED talk given by sustainability strategist Leyla Acarogu discussing materials and the environment. Here she gives a bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.  Read More


The replacement of 3D CAD?

A US news report looks at what could be the next generation design tool that will incorporate elements of 3D printing and 3D modelling in to what is being called Programmable Matter.  Read More


Superhydrophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will repel most water-based and some oil-based liquids.   Read More


The Gravity Defying Chain

This 'bead fountain' video has gone viral in the last few weeks with scientists and engineers alike struggling to agree upon just what's going on, and what is causing this strange phenomenon. Take a quick look at this 50m chain of beads that are all connected seemingly defy gravity as they flow upwards before plummeting to the ground. Got an explanation? Share yours below.  Read More


World's First 3D Printed Metal Gun

A Texan company that specialises in 3D printing has made a metal gun using a method known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering. Before you make up your mind about the morality and ethics behind this latest move, watch the video.  Read More

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