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.


Patents for driverless cars - where are we now?

Matt Jones, partner at Intellectual Property law firm, EIP, discusses where we are when it comes to applying for patents and how the current state-of-play may affect emerging technology such as driverless cars.



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.


'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 researchers at the University of Houston.


The ‘omniphobic’ material that repels everything

A materials science researcher at the University of Michigan has demonstrated a smooth, durable, clear coating that repels just about every known liquid, an advance that could grime-proof phone screens, countertops, camera lenses and countless other everyday items.



Liquid-in-liquid 3D printed structures

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to 3D print structures composed entirely of liquids. They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices.


Why you should stick to igus

Having efficient processes is key to increasing bottom-line profits, and the labelling and packaging industry is no exception. Equipment needs reliable parts to ensure they continue to deliver excellent performance and this week’s video shows how labelling systems rely on igus’ components, from drylin linear technology to plastic xiros rollers.


Low-cost 3D Printed robotic prosthetic limb

A team of students from The University of Manchester has designed and built a 3D printed, low-cost robotic prosthetic hand that could provide a cheaper alternative for amputees.



How to achieve maximum rotation for a machine tool

Winning the silver vector award in 2016, Fidia SpA is a world leader in the design and production of high-performance integrated milling systems, primarily used in the manufacturing of moulds and dies for the automotive and aerospace industries.


How an automated production plant uses igus e-chains

The winner of the Bronze vector award in 2016 was EBAWE Anlagentechnik, based in Eilenburg, Germany. The company designs, engineers and installs complete production plants for the manufacture of precast concrete panels.


The Future of British Manufacturing initiative

Eureka! is proud to support the Future of British Manufacturing initiative, led by Autodesk. In this video, learn more about how Autodesk and the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative can help your manufacturing business become more productive and innovative.


How to squeeze a catamaran into a single berth

Receiving a special prize in the previous igus vector awards, FUTURA Yacht systems was recognised for its truly unique yacht concept. It is the world’s first variable-width high-sea catamaran built using igus components.



How a fully automated drilling platform eliminates safety risk

Winning the golden vector 2016, Robotic Drilling Systems has removed the safety risk often associated with people working on an oil drilling platform. The innovative drill-floor system uses robotic technology to carry out fully unmanned drill floor operations.


How to assemble the triflex TRLF multi-axis energy chain

Developed specifically for sophisticated 6-axis robotic application in harsh industrial environments, the triflex TRLF multi-axis energy chain can be assembled by hand. In this week’s video, we demonstrate just how easy it is.



How retraction systems keep control of your cables

In this week’s video, igus demonstrates two manual cable pull-out and retraction systems – e tract and e spool manual. As a result, trip hazards and damage due to improper coiling of the cable are avoided. Typical applications for these two systems include use on control panels, tools system feeds for assembly conveyors and work tables, and electric charging stations.


How to connect 55m power cables from ship to shore

In this week’s video, we see the shore power e-spool system undergoing rigorous testing at the igus laboratory. As you will see the motorised cable reel with electric drive winds and unwinds up to four cables or hoses (power, data, air or media) and testing has been completed for 17,000 cycles. It can be installed on the vessel or terminal and supplies power while at berth. Assuming one ship to shore connection per day, the predicted lifetime of the system is 47 years.


How plastic bearings compare with metal ones in field test

When engineers from the igus dry-tech business were asked whether they had field-tested iglidur bearings, there were puzzled faces all round. This week’s video shows that they actually went into a field to compare the performance of plastic bearings with their metallic counterparts on a cultivator.



Smart windows use liquid to switch from clear to reflective

Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed prototype windows that switch from reflective to clear with the simple addition of a liquid. The switchable windows are said to be easy to manufacture and could help keep parked cars cool in the sun or make office buildings more energy efficient.


Join us for a whirlwind tour of our newly-expanded UK facility

In this week’s video we take a look around the newly-expanded igus facility during its official opening. A six-figure sum has been invested in the expansion, which will not only create more space for current engineering but will also allow the company to add significantly to its workforce in the future. Deputy Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Tony Ansell formally cut the ribbon with managing director, Matthew Aldridge.

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