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Designing materials for future fusion reactors

Designing materials for future fusion reactors
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have recorded the most detailed atomic movie of gold melting after being blasted by laser light. The insights they gained into how metals liquefy have potential to aid the development of fusion power reactors, steel processing plants, spacecraft and other applications where materials have to withstand extreme conditions for long periods of time.
4th July 2018

Keyboard can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket

Keyboard can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket
Bendable portable keyboards for use with computers and other electronic devices are already on the market, but they have limited flexibility, and they’re fairly sizable when rolled up for transport. Now researchers have crafted an inexpensive keyboard that is so tough, flexible and thin that it can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket without damaging it. The study appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
22nd June 2018

Producing sensors with an inkjet printer

Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates. Researchers from TUM and Forschungszentrum Jülich have successfully teamed up to perform inkjet printing onto a gummy bear.
21st June 2018


A new path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

A new path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters
Researchers at Virginia Tech have synthesised a biodegradable alternative to polyolefins using a catalyst and the polyester polymer, and this could eventually have a profound impact on sustainability efforts. Rong Tong, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and affiliated faculty member of Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII), led the team of researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.
4th June 2018

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibres. Their fibres have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants. It’s a whole new way of thinking about sensors. The tiny fibres developed at EPFL are made of elastomer and can incorporate materials like electrodes and nanocomposite polymers.
30th May 2018

Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics

Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics
The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward waste-free, sustainable materials that could one day compete with conventional plastics.
27th April 2018

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety
The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer from Brady enables users to easily print a wide range of reliable safety signs and facility labels, even in standalone mode, to increase workplace safety and efficiency on demand. A wide range of labels & signs The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer enables users to print a wide range of signs and labels to increase safety and efficiency in any workplace.
23rd April 2018

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders
New from Intertronics, the Thinky ARM-310 Engineering Compounds Mixer offers an alternative to mixing by hand, with simple operation and fully homogenous results in a few minutes; results which are repeatable time after time. The bench-top machine has a compact 300x340mm footprint and costs less than £5,000.
20th April 2018

3D printed metamaterials for sound and vibration control

3D printed metamaterials for sound and vibration control
Researchers have been pushing the capabilities of materials by carefully designing precise structures that exhibit abnormal properties that can control acoustic or optical waves. However, these metamaterials are constructed in fixed geometries, meaning their unique abilities are always fixed. Now, new 3D printed metamaterial developed by a team led by USC Viterbi researchers can be remotely switched between active control and passive states.
13th April 2018

Manufacturing the impossible with photo chemical etching

Manufacturing the impossible with photo chemical etching
For designers looking to manufacture burr and stress free metal parts with complex geometries, maintain the flexibility to make last minute design changes, and mass produce prototypes quickly, photo chemical etching is increasingly seen as the answer. Chemical etching offers both an economical and efficient solution, and allows for the mass production of incredibly intricate, thin metal parts at a fraction of the cost of other methods.
9th April 2018


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