BRISTOL TEAM DEVELOP INTELLIGENT HANDHELD ROBOTS

Intelligent handheld robots could help inexperienced users complete tasks more quickly and accurately than with traditional tools.

Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/more-sectors/electronics/news/bristol-team-develop-intelligent-handheld-robots/1020419.article#ixzz3bLV6Fbhg

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SILENT FLIGHT: DEVELOPING HYBRID AIRCRAFT

Imagine living next to an airport where the aircraft are taking off and landing all night, but you never hear a thing?

That is the promise of hybrid aircraft, in which a small jet engine is combined with  a battery and an electric motor to drive the propellers. Such aircraft could also consume up to 50 per cent less fuel, according to Siemens.

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Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/in-depth/silent-flight-developing-hybrid-aircraft/1020374.article#ixzz3b9V1ceWU

Added value: the rise of multifunctional 3D printing

UK-led advances in 3D printing could one day lead to techniques able to produce entire electronic devices in one shot. Jon Excell reports

It’s fair to say that over the past few years much of the hype surrounding 3D printing has given way to a more considered and sensible notion of where the technology fits in.

While not so long ago some warned that so-called additive techniques would usurp incumbent manufacturing processes, today they are increasingly seen as complementary: another tool in the toolbox.

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Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/added-value-the-rise-of-multifunctional-3d-printing/1020363.article#ixzz3aUg8jQI9

FLOATING METAL COMPOSITE HOLDS PROMISE FOR MARINE APPLICATIONS

A team of US researchers have developed a new metal matrix composite so light that it can float on water.

According to the group,  the material – which could potentially be used used to make unsinkable boats – also has potential automotive applciations, where lightweight and heat resistance could be used to help improve fuel economy.

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Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/floating-metal-composite-holds-promise-for-marine-applications/1020353.article#ixzz3a1r7Ut8o