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Making plasma surface treatment portable

Making plasma surface treatment portable
To give manufacturers access to high powered, portable plasma treatment, Intertronics has introduced the Relyon Plasmatool. Suitable for a range of processes, substrates and geometries, the portable surface treatment system will help manufacturers in applications where the substrate is difficult to treat because of size or location.
12th March 2019

Discover the materials shaping our future

Discover the materials shaping our future
The materials search engine, Matmatch, has published a free-to-download whitepaper that provides insight into the rapidly developing smart materials market. The whitepaper, which is available from the Matmatch website, gives design engineers and product designers a glimpse into some of the most prevalent smart material technologies that could play a role in their future projects.
18th February 2019

Is flexible glass the ultimate solution?

Is flexible glass the ultimate solution?
Glass is an excellent barrier. It offers processing temperatures as well as high dimensional stability. It is also smoother and more transparent thin plastic films; however it is rigid. This limitation has created space and need for flexible alternatives. Companies have been developing flexible, transparent and high-performance barriers, as outlined in the IDTechEx Research report ‘Barrier Films and Thin Film Encapsulation for Flexible and/or Organic Electronics 2019-2029’.
18th February 2019


Superior physical characteristics in coil anodised aluminium products

Superior physical characteristics in coil anodised aluminium products
The physical characteristics of coil anodised aluminium have been explained by Lorin Industries, stating that it provides greater durability and aesthetics than other metal products. The coil anodising process from Lorin protects aluminium from oxidation, scratching, and other hazards far better than natural oxidising, and offers more protection than is available for other metals.
16th October 2018

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


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