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Going soft with robotics

Jonathan Wilkins explains the applications of soft robotics in manufacturing

Camera-equipped smart lock

Home access solution provides door entry with or without a key

Safer, harder coatings

Harder film with heat and chemical resistance offers an attractive bright silver finish


An illuminating concept

Julia Vorley details how an LED potting problem in India was resolved in less than 24 hours via the use of an innovative resin product

Surface modification technologies for next-gen medical devices

Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition of silicon dioxide coatings is bringing new technology to future medical products and legacy devices

Design advice for ceramic bearings

Do you know when and why to use ceramic bearings? Erick Sloan offers an engineer’s guide on the pros and cons of designing with ceramic bearings

'Urban mining' of LEDs

UBC’s urban miners keep LEDs out of landfills

Custom piezoceramic microtubes

Developed following increasing demand for ever smaller piezoelectric components

The new AM reality is coming

“Playtime’s over, but don’t panic,” says Materialise. Additive Manufacturing is on the cusp of going mainstream

The testing tribulations of graphene

The market for graphene may still be in its infancy, but the material is already being hailed as one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. John Cove discusses the impact this technology will have on product design and manufacturing

Circular economy initiative

The circular economy principles of re-use and recycle are enabling one global manufacturer to significantly improve its environmental health and safety targets, and turn waste furnace rock into new roads

New encapsulation resins

Electrolube launches new encapsulation resins at Electronica 2016

Next-gen silcon photonics

Doris Knauer reports on automatic testing of photonics components

Innovations in coating processes

Jürgen Diesing reveals how hard anodising and electroless nickel plating are the main pillars of a coating service offering by an established expert in the sector

A specifier’s guide to choosing the right filled PTFE material

Phillip Charlton explores the main types of filled PTFE compounds, detailing the enhanced properties delivered by some key material combinations

Three reasons to wave goodbye to steel

Composite materials are not a new concept, but advancements in technology mean that these materials are beginning to surpass traditional building resources in popularity. Nick Cowley explains the advantages of choosing a composite over steel

Wear-resistant tribo-powder for 3D SLS printing

Parts are three times more wear-resistant than those printed from standard materials

Rust-preventative coatings

Peter Crossen looks at the differences temporary rust-preventative coatings from permanent ones, when each should be used and – most importantly – how choosing the right one can save businesses from costly breakages or downtime

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