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The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.





NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.








Improving mid-infrared imaging and sensing

American and Chinese researchers are developing a way of taking images in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) part of the spectrum for applications including thermal imaging, biomedical sensing, and free-space ...


More than meets the eye: The real-life Transformer

Japanese firm Brave Robotics and amusement park ride manufacturer Sansei Technologies have developed a robot, called the J-deite RIDE, that transforms into an electric car that can transport people.


Two weeks to go until Engineering Materials Live

Engineering Materials Live is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to welcoming design engineers and material suppliers to the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 10 ...




'Soft' robots that can move on their own

A new class of soft robot, composed of ultrathin sensing, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive artificial muscle that can adapt to the environment and crawl, has been announced by ...



IMTS 2018 preview

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from 10-15 September 2018, aims to help designers and engineers stay current with global ...


Adaptive materials for advanced rotorcraft concepts

Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Maryland have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become 93% stiffer and 35% stronger on-demand when ...




Autonomous vehicle can move like a crab

Schaeffler has developed a compact wheel module that combines the drive and chassis components of its ‘Schaeffler Mover’, an autonomous urban mobility concept vehicle that is said to be Schaeffler’s ...




Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine

Boeing’s investment arm, HorizonX Ventures, and Rolls-Royce are investing around £26.5 million in Reaction Engines Limited (REL), an Oxfordshire-based company developing a revolutionary aerospace ...

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Pod trials begin in MK

Aurrigo, a division of RDM Group, has delivered 10 ‘Pod Zeros’ for use in the next ...