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Aluminium tooling: is it right for you?

Manufacturer of injection moulded prototype and production components RP Mouldings has complied a list of the most common questions it has received on the subject

Abrasives could give Olympic bobsleigh team a new edge

The Great Britain Bobsleigh team is preparing for the Winter Olympics with its official sponsor, 3M, by testing various abrasive technologies designed to help enhance its performance

Sonar breakthrough for piezoelectric ceramic blocks

Morgan Advanced Materials can now press, fire and machine blocks and other shapes of components up to a thickness of 45mm

Seals and synthetic materials key to energy efficient plant and machinery

Sealing technology is becoming increasingly important in the design of plant and machinery, says Harald Peschke

Carbon fibre helps lighten the load for Americas Cup victors

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre reinforcements contributed to weight savings and improved mechanical performance on selected composite parts

How to optimise your engineering partnership

In a subdued global economic environment, manufacturers and brand owners are faced with a common challenge - how to do more with less. Johan Frithiof reports

The natural touch

Sustainably sourced fibre reinforcements – ranging from banana fibres to wood flour – can boost the properties of plastics and reduce carbon footprint. Lou Reade reports

Plastics provide more cost-efficient route to safer circuit breakers

Royal DSM is supplier of materials that can replace thermosets in demanding moulded-case circuit breakers

Enhanced procedures for quality control in additive manufacturing

Quick time-to-market and a need for manufacturing flexibility are important, and so also is reproducible part quality

New growth opportunities for electroactive polymers

Electroactive polymers are part of the broad group of smart materials. They are highly attractive for their low-density, large strain capability, superior spectral response and resilience. Cathleen Thiele reports

The importance of high quality spring materials

A spring may seem like a minor component, but if spring failure occurs there could be major consequences

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