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Shape-shifting material can morph using light

Shape-shifting material can morph using light
A new material developed by CU Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to its original form. The controllable shape-shifting material, described today in the journal Science Advances, could have broad applications for manufacturing, robotics, biomedical devices and artificial muscles.
28th August 2018

Getting the measure of etching

Getting the measure of etching
When manufacturing components from metals there are numerous options available to design engineers, some traditional, some relatively new and innovative. However, when component characteristics are very precise, complex, and high degrees of accuracy are required, the number of viable production manufacturing processes is greatly reduced.
20th August 2018

Latest encapsulation resins at Productronica India

Latest encapsulation resins at Productronica India
Electrolube India will be exhibiting and presenting at Productronica India, the country’s premier electronics event showcasing the entire value chain for electronics production in India, from technologies and components to software and services. Productronica India has always been an important platform for global companies such as Electrolube, facilitating a presentation of their production technologies to India’s buoyant, fast growing electronics manufacturing segment.
10th August 2018


Introducing the latest in textiles: soft hardware

Introducing the latest in textiles: soft hardware
The latest development in textiles and fibres is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that has electronic devices built right into it. Researchers at MIT have now embedded high speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and diode photodetectors, within fibres that were then woven at Inman Mills, in South Carolina, into soft, washable fabrics and made into communication systems.
10th August 2018

The latest ‘periodic table’ for nanomaterials

The latest ‘periodic table’ for nanomaterials
A new simulation could help scientists decide what molecules best interact with each other to build nanomaterials from scratch. The approach was developed by Daniel Packwood of Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and Taro Hitosugi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. It involves connecting the chemical properties of molecules with the nanostructures that form as a result of their interaction.
26th July 2018

Breakthrough materials move in response to light

Breakthrough materials move in response to light
Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed magnetic elastomeric composites that move in different ways when exposed to light, raising the possibility that these materials could enable a wide range of products that perform simple to complex movements, from tiny engines and valves to solar arrays that bend toward the sunlight. The research is described in an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
26th July 2018

3D Systems help bring the Great Pagoda back to life

3D Systems help bring the Great Pagoda back to life
If a building has been around for 256 years, there is a chance it isn’t going to look as good as it originally did. This is certainly the case with the Great Pagoda in the middle of Kew Gardens, which was originally built for Princess Augusta back in 1762. But last year the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) implemented a restoration project for the 72 dragons that originally adorned the roofs. 
23rd July 2018

Reinforced thermal film for die-cutting

Reinforced thermal film for die-cutting
Sarcon 15GTR from Fujipoly is a thin, thermal interface composite film made from heat-conducting silicone and a .05mm fibreglass reinforcement layer. The general-purpose, .15mm thick film is ideal for applications with complex die-cut shapes. 
23rd July 2018

Single-celled architects inspire advanced nanotechnology

Single-celled architects inspire advanced nanotechnology
Diatoms are tiny, unicellular creatures, inhabiting oceans, lakes, rivers and soils. Through their respiration, they produce close to a quarter of the oxygen on Earth, nearly as much as the world’s tropical forests. In addition to their ecological success across the planet, they have a number of remarkable properties. Diatoms live in glasslike homes of their own design, visible under magnification in an astonishing and aesthetically beautiful range of forms.
17th July 2018

Self-assembly of molecules forms ultralight and porous gel

Self-assembly of molecules forms ultralight and porous gel
Kyoto University researchers have developed a new approach to control the fabrication of soft, porous materials, overcoming a primary challenge in materials science. Soft, porous, gel-like materials that have a stable structure despite their tiny cavities have a wide variety of potential applications. Building insulation, energy storage devices, aerospace technologies, and even environmental clean-ups can all benefit from incorporating light and flexible materials.
17th July 2018


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