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High-performance thermoplastic copolyester with renewable content

DSM Engineering Plastics' Arnitel Eco material is a high-performance thermoplastic copolyester in which a proportion of the content is derived from renewable resources

Polymer-based materials handle higher temperatures

Quadrant is launching Duratron D7000 PI polyimides and ceramic-filled Peek Semitron MP370 for high-temperature applications requiring machined parts

Reflector glaze increases efficiency of laser systems

Suited to industrial lasers used in manufacturing, says Morgan Technical Ceramics

Ceramic coating technology benefits racing cyclists

Zircotec's process for applying ceramic coatings to composite components is being used to improve the braking of bicycles equipped with carbon-composite wheel rims

Remelt capacity expanded

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

Selector enables hybrid materials to be analysed

Granta Design's CES Selector 2010 offers a new Hybrid Synthesizer add-on tool to enable users to investigate alternative material configurations

Combining plastics with carbon nanotubes

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have devised a new way to treat nanoparticles that makes it easier to mix them with plastics

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

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

Polymer-metal matrix enables strains to be measured

Researchers can process polymer-metal matrix materials for strain-sensing in composites

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

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