31 Mar 2020
Hexcel are major composite players in the aerospace sector. Claiming to be the largest in sales and capacity for aerospace composites. They attributed 68% of their 2019 sales to this sector and see a strong future with Airbus and Boeing having a backlog of composite rich planes.
31 Mar 2020
2020 status and outlook for the carbon fiber market
This premium article summarises the status of the PAN-based carbon fiber players. It provides a market overview for the capacity and impact of announced expansions. It highlights the main and upcoming players as well as notable acquisitions, partnerships and cost trends.
27 Feb 2020
Very Slow is Better: Mesh Networks, IOT to Drones
In engineering and science, the race for faster is well known. It spans from 5G streaming videos in seconds to Hyperloop and space tourism. However, if we are to have the envisaged tens of billions of Internet of Things nodes deployed, they must cost under two cents each and work on a whisper of electricity. No. We must go even further in redefining the problem.
28 Jan 2020
We met with Niels Bogerd at the SenseGlove booth at CES 2020. We had previously met and discussed their product at CES 2018, so it was a good opportunity to see how far they had come in two years.
27 Dec 2019
Rolls-Royce Unveils All-electric Plane Targeting the Record Books
Rolls-Royce's ambitions to build the world's fastest all-electric aircraft have taken an important step forward with the unveiling of the plane at Gloucestershire Airport. Work will now begin on integrating the ground-breaking electrical propulsion system to enable the zero-emissions plane to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH.
23 Dec 2019
AVE are a French company that make what they call chimera materials. IDTechEx interviewed Edward Ryall.
12 Dec 2019
2019: A year of XR Technology
This premium article rounds up some of the news stories from XR (AR, VR and MR) topics in 2019.
29 Nov 2019
IDTechEx met with Sensuron In November 2019.
Sensuron are a company that specialise in distributed fiber optic sensing. This is for a few applications, most notably being structural health monitoring.
27 Nov 2019
Dr Bryony Core caught up with 3ntr at Formnext 2019. 3ntr are an Italian 3D printer manufacturer who develop professional FFF printers.
21 Nov 2019
Airbus' VSR700 Drone Copter Prototype Makes Maiden Flight
The prototype of Airbus Helicopters' VSR700 unmanned aerial system has performed its first flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The VSR700 performed several take-offs and landings with the longest flight lasting around 10 minutes.
20 Nov 2019
Electric Race Plane Unveiled
The world's first electric race plane has been unveiled, showcasing custom modified technology built by one of the racing teams set to take part in the inaugural Air Race E event next year.
18 Nov 2019
Airbus partners with Amprius on energy density battery tech
Airbus Defence and Space has partnered with U.S. based Amprius Inc's current equity funding. This financing will further boost the development of new generation batteries based on Silicon Nanowire Anode technology.
12 Nov 2019
Electric Air Taxi Cabable of Carrying 250kg
Vertical Aerospace has revealed flight footage of an electric vertical take off and landing aircraft capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg - the first company in the world to do so.
6 Nov 2019
Creating the Market: Technology Development is Only Half the Work
Printed electronics has many successful market creation stories and certain materials or components have moved rapidly but sometimes, inventing the enabling technology is only half the work.
29 Oct 2019
Lilium Completes Flight Testing & Builds First Manufacturing Facility
Lilium has released new footage of its all-electric Lilium Jet as it celebrates completing its first phase of flight testing, a milestone it has reached less than six months since starting its flight test campaign.
25 Oct 2019
Race for 1000 km Electric Vehicles
Range sells electric cars. Long range ones sell in 100 times the numbers and have three times the resale value. In this article Dr Peter Harrop discusses the future of electric vehicles capable of 1000km range.
22 Oct 2019
Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces
Today's commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and then flown to a central plant in huge cargo planes for final assembly. But what if the final assembly was the only assembly, with the whole plane built out of a large array of tiny identical pieces, all put together by an army of tiny robots?
15 Oct 2019
Airbus and LM Industries sign deal to 3D print drones, cars
Airbus and LM Industries, the world's first and only digital manufacturer, have announced the formation of Neorizon to provide disruptive and innovative products with an initial focus on local mobility and autonomy.
18 Sep 2019
At Last a Smart Materials Event for Business Deals
The IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, California on November 20-21 has it all. There will be over 270 exhibitors engaging with 3,500 attendees; seven parallel conferences and even masterclasses on November 19 and 22, with matchmaking services and awards. Land the big order or at least come away "married" and famous!