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Materials Features

How automation can drive the UK’s electric vehicle industry

It is largely assumed that the UK is close to missing out on opportunities presented by electric vehicle (EV) development. Take the area of lithium-ion batteries, for example. Supply is currently dominated by businesses based in Japan, South Korea and China; many of which have had a 20-year lead over the UK in establishing an effective battery manufacturing supply chain.

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Tantalum: Real-life counterpart of Black Panther’s vibranium

Comic book fans flocked to cinemas as Black Panther hit the screens. Underpinning the film’s plot was fictional metal vibranium, which powered the titular hero’s kingdom of Wakanda. Interestingly, this metal was, in part, inspired by tantalum. So, what of the Marvel Universe vibranium’s real-life counterpart?

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What are we doing about plastic wrapped consumer goods?

With the use of polypropylene films under attack, Sales and Marketing Director Tony McDonald of flow wrapping machinery manufacturer Ilapak is being asked this question more often. Here, he debates the ban of all plastics following Ilapak’s latest machine developments to successfully run new sustainable polymer-based films.

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Metal to plastic challenge tests the water

Viridian Systems set Rutland Plastics a material challenge, a metal replacement project that would test the water in more ways than one.

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    Why selecting the right materials for moving cables is essential(03/08/2017)

    Proper material selection is very important where the service life of cables is concerned, especially cables in moving applications. Justin Leonard, the e-chain director at igus, considers the durability and lifetime of cables in energy chains.

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    Simulation improves PET performance(03/08/2017)

    With PET (polyethylene terephthalate) firmly ensconced as the material of choice for plastic container manufacturers, the focus has shifted to designing lighter-weight versions of current packaging to cut costs and quench consumers’ thirst for more sustainable products.

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    A structure grown from mushrooms(03/08/2017)

    A Brunel University London student has been exploring how mushrooms can be used to grow robust zero-waste structures as an alternative to conventional building techniques - while also providing a tasty noodle topping!

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    How to provide a coating for all seasons(04/07/2017)

    Bürkert looks at how to achieve the best result with coating technologies from Ion Implanting, PVD and CVD, to Thermal spray and Welding.

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    New materials to lift new ideas off the ground(05/06/2017)

    As the aerospace industry rises to the challenge of reducing the weight of aircrafts while keeping manufacturing costs down, new materials and techniques are playing an increasingly important role in component design. Stephen Dyson, Head of Industry 4.0 at Proto Labs, considers the latest developments.

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