3M COLLABORATES TO INSPIRE DESIGNERS OF ALL GENERATIONS

Engineers, designers and students from across the South East gathered at 3M’s Customer Innovation Centre in Bracknell to gain an insight into 3M’s culture of innovation and inspire their own design thinking.

More than 50 attendees attended the event organised by 3M, with the IMechE, the IED and the IET. Following a presentation from 3M’s UK Research & Development director, Wynne Lewis, members explored a showcase of products at the Customer Innovation Centre, ranging from digital stethoscopes than enable earth-bound doctors to listen to the heartbeats of astronauts on the International Space Station to concrete material so light that it floats

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MATERIALS FOR BODY ARMOUR AND FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS INSPIRED BY BOXFISH

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that the hexagonal structure of the boxfish’s scales and the connectors between them could serve as inspiration for body armour, robots and even flexible electronics.

“The boxfish is small and yet it survives in the ocean where it is surrounded by bigger, aggressive fish, at a depth of 50 to 100m,” said Wen Yang, a UC San Diego alumna. “After I touched it, I realised why it can survive: it is so strong but at the same time so flexible.”boxfish1_popup

HYPERSCIENCES LOOKING TO DRILL FOR GEOTHERMAL POWER USING RAM ACCELERATOR

Washington State based drilling technology company HyperSciences, headed by aeronautical engineer Mark Russell has applied for a patent on a new type of ram accelerator that would be used to blast very deep holes in the ground—to access geothermal resources. He has told the press that he believes that geothermal power is the wave of the future, and not just for creating electricity—he thinks we may one day use it to make space travel commonplace.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-07-hypersciences-drill-geothermal-power-ram.html#jCphyperscience[1]

SUPER PRECISION BEARINGS ARE KEY TO AIRBUS ACTUATION SYSTEMS

Custom super precision bearings manufactured by The Barden Corporation, part of the Schaeffler Group, are playing vital roles in the thrust reversing actuator system (TRAS) on the Airbus A350 XWB and electro-hydraulic actuator systems on the Airbus A380.

Bearings for the aerospace sector have to withstand harsh conditions, including extreme temperatures, demanding load profiles and high speeds and can therefore be custom engineered for a specific application.aircraft-actuator-motor-bearing1_popup