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Materials Features

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

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

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

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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