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The ceramic dynamic

Could plasma spraying technology offer the ability to manufacture high-strength, lightweight, pure ceramic components? Eureka reports.


Expanding properties

Plastic materials that can expand on contact with water are finding increasing applications in industry. Justin Cunningham reports.





Sculpted surfaces produced by beams

Tom Shelley reports on progress with a process for producing metal surfaces with protuberances and pits that is now finding commercial application.






New shape helps to resist pressure

By forming special shaped grooves into tubes, it is possible to make lightweight pipes that can withstand immense external pressures.



DSEi 2009 preview

Over 1350 exhibitors from across the globe will be showcasing the latest innovations at this year's Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) running from September 8 to 11



Hard work

The continued development of a hard coating process is set to benefit mould toolmakers, Tom Shelley reports


Metal-polymers have shining future

Tom Shelley reports on a novel material technology that has great potential for low cost solar cells and a host of other applications




On a roll

Advances in steels and roll forming machines are lowering the cost of making structural, high strength 3D parts. Tom Shelley reports