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The true power of the prototype

Austen Miller explores the often misunderstood role of the prototype and takes a look at its future



Switching to cast polyurethane parts

High-performance polyurethanes combine the advantages of plastics, metals and ceramics with the resiliency of rubber parts



Crib sheet

Albert Tsang offers the design engineer’s guide to photo chemical etching



To cast, or not to cast?

Richard Phillips reveals the prime candidates for conversion of fabrications and assemblies to castings



New materials to lift new ideas off the ground

New materials and techniques are playing an increasingly important role in aerospace component design. Stephen Dyson considers the latest developments



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



Custom piezoceramic microtubes

Developed following increasing demand for ever smaller piezoelectric components



Next-gen silcon photonics

Doris Knauer reports on automatic testing of photonics components



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



Wear-resistant tribo-powder for 3D SLS printing

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



Why is high dielectric strength now a key driver in power tube specification?

As multi-sector technological developments continue to demand smaller parts with higher performance and improved longevity, Joerg-Uwe Wichert, explores why specifying power tubes with an increased dielectric strength is becoming increasingly important in high-voltage applications, particularly at high temperatures



Top three industrial trends in 2016

With 2016’s first round of industrial trade shows having happened across April, we are already able to see the industry trends which will be revolutionising the industry. John Cove looks at these developing industrial concepts and how they can become a reality in the near future



Materials? The choice is yours

Materials are important for driving innovation and in gaining a competitive edge in an increasingly global economy. Here, Achuth Rao on the importance of materials selection



Lift drive with timing belt for the rack feeders of the future

Natural rubber from dandelion roots for mounting elements protects the environment



Graphene project

New production techniques will deliver industrial scale quantities of graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.



Building a specialist pilot plant for the production of high value nano-structured powders

Advanced powders will be able to be used in a number of high value manufacturing applications such as cutting tools, medical implants and a range of aerospace and automotive components



Moulding for plating

Automotive designers are constantly being challenged to reflect ever changing consumer tastes, with traditional bright chrome now giving way to satin chrome. David Brereton reports



Copper oxide coated foam heat sinks

Low-profile copper oxide coated foam heat sinks provide outstanding performance in passive cooling environments



Comparison of performance benefits of thermal insulation materials

SEW3 app highlights the best product mix to customers, whether that requirement is for single insulation or by marrying together multiple insulations in composite systems



Carbon flax hybrid solutions

Composites Evolution has developed a range of carbon flax hybrid materials offering a lower cost alternative to carbon fibre



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