Knit me a car

New materials for manufacturing Material difference Materials science is rapidly transforming the way that everything from cars to light bulbs is made, says Paul Markillie Leader here http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21679531-materials-science-changing-way-things-are-designed-and-made-knit-me-car Technology Quareterly report here: http://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2015-12-05/new-materials-for-manufacturing Advertisements

Hypsersonic jet engines

After more than 30 years of research, a new sort of rocket engine starts to sizzle SOME good ideas take years of dogged perseverance to come to fruition. That has certainly been true of a hypersonic engine which Alan Bond, a British engineer, began developing in 1982. Its first incarnation was as part of a […]

3D printing glass

Fine glass is the latest material to be manufactured additively GLASSMAKING began 4,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia. The industry’s first products were trinkets, such as beads and pendants, cast from moulds and carved by hand. But craftsmen quickly worked out how to make more practical stuff, such as jugs, bottles and drinking vessels, by coiling […]

Out of the box 3D printing

Civil engineering: 3D printing technologies are being adapted for use by the construction industry to create buildings and other structures INDUSTRY continues to find multiple uses for 3D printing, especially in rapid prototyping and for high-value, low-volume production in businesses such as aerospace. But one of the limiting factors is the size of the 3D […]

Me and Robo-chef

The ultimate kitchen gadget SOME people relish putting on an apron and cooking dinner. Others, though, find cookery a black art best delegated to a domestic helpmeet, a microwave oven or, failing either of those, the local home-delivery service. But Mark Oleynik, a Russian-born scientist and engineer now based in London, hopes to change this […]

Free the drones

ONE of this year’s top-selling Christmas presents is a drone. For $50 you can buy a tiny quadcopter with a video camera, perfect for snapping a bird’s-eye view of your garden; for $700, one equipped with a gyroscopically stabilised camera which, when paired with a wireless tracking device on your wrist, will film you while […]