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New materials for vacuum-cast components

MTT is introducing a clear, UV-stable formulation for vacuum casting thick-section or solid parts, and another polypropylene-like material that is heat-resistant

Materials management software benefits from user feedback

Granta Design is releasing Granta MI 4.0, which features new data and capabilities for those working with composites, steel and medical devices

Fibre-reinforced PA66 achieves high surface finish

3B and Lati have developed Latigloss fibre-reinforced Polyamide 66 grades that offer structural strength and a high-gloss surface finish

Remelt capacity expanded

Sapa Profiles UK Ltd is investing in the remelt facilities at its Tibshelf, Derbyshire, UK, plant

Shape memory alloy boosts product performance

Designers can take advantage of either the shape memory or superelasticity characteristics of shape memory alloys to achieve dramatic improvements in product performance. Alistair Rae looks at some of the most recent developments and applications for these remarkable materials.

Diamond-like coatings now better suited to industrial applications

Diarc is manufacturing a new diamond-like coating in higher volumes to suit a wide variety of industrial applications where friction and wear need to be controlled

ISO/TR 11360 offers methodology for categorising nanomaterials

ISO has published a new Technical Report ISO/TR 11360:2010, 'Nanotechnologies - Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials'

High-performance thermoplastic copolyester uses renewable resources

Arnitel Eco is a new bio-based, high-performance thermoplastic copolyester from DSM Engineering Plastics for applications currently using conventional rubbers

Teufelberger wire rope used for rescue of Chilean miners

Rope used by rescuers was a 1000 metre long non-rotating high-performance Evolution TK 16

Stainless steel types, applications and new developments

Stainless steel is an attractive material for a variety of applications, usually due to the corrosion resistance and strength but sometimes also for aesthetics. However, designers that are new to stainless steel can find the choice of grades confusing. Alistair Rae provides an overview of the different types, typical applications and recent developments

Graphene overtaking carbon nanotubes

Graphene may displace carbon nanotubes and even Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) in some applications. Cathleen Thiele reports

Researchers shed light on magnetic mystery of graphite

Finding how make graphite magnetic could be first step to utilising it as a bio-compatible magnet

Researchers make breakthroughs in rolling element bearing steels

Rolling element bearings have a significant impact on the energy-efficiency of most mechanisms, yet they have their limitations in terms of load capacity, speed and longevity. Jon Severn reports on recent developments that could lead to major advances in bearing steels

World’s first bamboo mobile smartphone

'ADzero’ is made from four year old organically grown bamboo specially treated for durability

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