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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

Fibreglass fabric is lightweight and mechanically strong

Fabric is impact resistant, lightweight and high strength and offers thermal insulation and acoustic damping

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

Waterjet cutting creates new opportunities for designers

Waterjet cutting and abrasive waterjet cutting are no longer specialised processes for niche applications. Recent developments in cutting equipment mean that these processes are now suitable for the economical production of a wide variety of components, as Jon Severn reports.

Two-component urethane suits all sizes of moulding

Chemtura's new Adiprene Duracast two-component urethane system is said to offer better ease of use as well as higher toughness and improved durability

Tactile pressure sensor film technology

Pressurex-micro Green 'improves visual detail, is environmentally friendly and lowers costs'

Analytical tools precisely control Nylon characteristics and production

Nylon - a versatile synthetic thermoplastic used widely to manufacture nylon fibres, such as rope

Carbon fibre fabric weighs in at 43gsm

TeXtreme is currently mainly produced using carbon fibre, but can be produced using other materials as well

Nano-factory promises great things for graphene science

University of Bath is opening a new Graphene Centre Laboratory that will study its properties and develop its potential applications

Cyanoacrylate adhesive gives 'instant cure'

New from Master Bond is a clear, high-strength, 'instant cure' cyanoacrylate adhesive designated MB297

Nanoscale structures with magnetic properties

Scientists adapt an integrated circuit manufacturing process to enable enanoscale structures to be built from magnetic materials

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