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Simplifying 3D print simulation

For technology to be useful, it must be accessible. An example is a metal 3D printing process that, thanks to simulation, may find many more applications. Tim Fryer found out more.


Latest twist on composite connections

Back in 2012 Eureka covered in an interesting development in fastening technology called Rotite. Getting new technology adopted, particularly when it is primarily aimed at the aerospace and ...


The winning formula

With the British Engineering Excellence Awards fast approaching, we look at last year's Materials Application of the Year to see what it takes to be a winner. Justin Cunningham reports.


The people’s car – not for sale!

Not only has Riversimple designed a striking new hydrogen-powered car, it is challenging the conventions of car ownership. Tim Fryer investigated the new project and found out that the business model ...



Seals take soft option

Prototype seals are a problem to make as they are generally soft but also need to be fully functional, but a specialised process that can machine rubbers and other soft materials has evolved for just ...



The testing and analysis of wind turbine blades

We talk to an engineer whose day job it is to bend and even break goliath wind turbine blades, and find out what can be learnt as the materials are put through their paces. Justin Cunningham ...


Productionising 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is having a profound effect on the way some engineers produce plastic parts. Ben Hargreaves and Justin Cunningham look at some pioneering aerospace examples that could see ...


Resurrecting the plastic engine

We catch up with the inventor and instigator of the original Polimotor to see what has changed, and why the project is returning to frontline development. Justin Cunningham tells the story.


Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course


Time to ban biodegradable plastic?

Colin Williamson explains his plea to stop using biodegradable plastic: ‘Please don’t use them, don’t recycle them and don’t tell me how wonderful they are.’



A new design of airship is nearly ready for take-off

Airships are slow, difficult to manoeuvre, impractical and, more than anything else, very dangerous. That was certainly the view of the British Government, which effectively pulled the plug on the ...


Smart materials go under the spolight at Innovate UK

It can all sound a bit sci-fi when the topic of smart materials comes up. The classic is liquid-like morphing metallic structures that have been used, in films at least, to make up the spaceship hull ...


Embedding sensors for clever composites

In applications like wind turbines, tidal blades, aeroplane wings, ship propellers and hulls, it would be beneficial to have a self-sustaining, fully embedded monitoring system in order to ensure the ...





Ceramic-to-ceramic method bonds faster

An innovative and powerful ceramic-to-ceramic bonding technique has been developed specifically for use in demanding, high-pressure fluid handling and vacuum applications.


F1 changes the world

The Science museum pays homage to the technology that has come out of Formula One. Justin Cunningham pays it a visit


Material solutions for vehicle armour technology

How do you protect a vehicle from a massive roadside bomb? Or an individual from a high-velocity armour piercing round? Or allow a bomb disposal officer to be both safe and able to perform his role ...



Automotive and wind energy drive composite growth

The news from Europe's biggest composite trade show, JEC Europe, held annually in Paris was that business is on the up. It follows a significant drop off in growth in the last few years following the ...


Carbon fibre joins the 3D printing revolution

For many years now, the words 'carbon fibre' have virtually been a shorthand for cutting edge material usage, quality, strength and light weight. These properties have meant that carbon fibre ...