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Materials Features

Stress relief pre-heat treatment vs. straighten/flatten post-heat treatment

Most engineering components have a residual stress system. Such systems are inherent in bar stock, plates, and, to some extent, in forgings and castings.

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The broken promises of plastic substitutes

The commercial shift to alternative packaging types isn’t working – so what will?

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Selecting materials for standard parts in the food and beverage industry

Hygiene, anti-corrosion and quick delivery remain key factors in the selection of standard parts and machine accessories for the food and beverage sector.

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Living in a materials world

Plastic plays a practical, often life-enhancing, role in our lives. Lightweight, durable and easy to work with, like many resins today, it could be moulded into an infinite number of shapes.

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More Materials Features Features

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    Materials: Making the right choice(01/06/2020)

    Getting the best performance out of a product can often rest on the very first step of the manufacturing process: selecting the right material.

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    A win-win solution for sustainability and business(20/05/2020)

    Reaching 90 per cent circularity by 2030 is a tough goal, but Sandvik is committed to making the shift.

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    An exoskeleton fit for a Cybertruck(03/02/2020)

    To say that the Cybertruck is different is an understatement. Since its launch, people have talked about its high towing and payload capability, longer driving range, increased battery capacity and reasonably tiered pricing. However, most of the discussion pertains to Tesla’s bold aesthetic design. Here, Ben Smye, head of growth at Matmatch, examines the influence of material selection in the design and aesthetic of the vehicle.

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    Choosing the right material for industrial springs(17/12/2019)

    When choosing a spring for your industrial application, one of the major considerations is the material, as this will determine the spring’s suitability for the environment it is working in. Choose the wrong one and you could be facing a costly redesign or repair job down the line. Justin Lawrence, Applications Engineer at TFC, explains the suitability of different alloys for specific environments.

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    Material transformation(21/11/2019)

    The materials that we work with today are some of the best. We’ve taken the earth’s raw materials and used innovative technologies to make them stronger, smoother or shinier. It’s no wonder that we’ve managed to take materials through such a transformative journey, as our history together goes far back, to cavemen and dried animal hides.

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