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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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    The future is now: Commercial applications for graphene(29/10/2019)

    Since it was first isolated in 2004, the promise of graphene has for the most part been unfulfilled in commercial applications. That situation has now changed.

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    This smash-proof, 3D printed guitar is indestructible(03/06/2019)

    Sandvik created a smash-proof, 3D printed guitar, then challenged rock legend Yngwie Malmsteen to smash it!

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    How to make Valyrian steel(03/06/2019)

    Valyrian steel is one of the few known substances that can kill the monstrous White Walkers in Game of Thrones (GoT). The secret to forging Valyrian steel, however, is seemingly lost in the Doom of Valyria and so creating new Valyrian steel weapons has been deemed impossible.

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    Suitable cases for (heat) treatment: Recruitment in a changing world(03/06/2019)

    A survey of over 6,000 firms, carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) at the end of 2018, showed that 81 percent of manufacturers had difficulty in finding staff with the right qualifications or experience.

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    Goodfellow inspires use of ceramics at internationally recognised museum(05/04/2019)

    Goodfellow has recently provided high performance and advanced ceramics for a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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    Integrating plasma treatment systems into the manufacturing process(04/12/2018)

    For manufacturers of products that require a plasma treatment step for cleaning and decontamination, surface conditioning or to promote adhesion, specifying and integrating the required equipment to automate the process can be daunting.

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    The plastic crisis(28/11/2018)

    It’s one of the most talked about issues in the news today but what exactly is it and why now? Charlie Worrall, Marketing Manager, Pro Moulds (midlands) Ltd takes a look.

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    The importance of a controlled tool temperature(05/11/2018)

    RP Technologies manufacture prototype injection mould tooling from aluminium. However, its service differs slightly to other prototype tool makers & moulders as it manufactures tooling to production standard, including cooling and heating channels.

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    How automation can drive the UK’s electric vehicle industry(04/09/2018)

    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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    Enabling successful solutions with additive manufacturing materials(03/08/2018)

    Today, the uptake of additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – technology is accelerating at a rapid pace. The overall global spending on 3D printing in 2018 is expected to surpass $12 billion, with the manufacturing and healthcare industries set to spend the most.

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    At maximum speed on snow and ice(03/08/2018)

    The maximum possible speed is the most important factor in many types of winter sport. Whether it’s in speed skating, luge, or bobsledding. Once the finish line is reached, only the time decides between victory and defeat.

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