New hub launched to increase electrification in UK manufacturing
A new Hub, led by the University of Sheffield, is combining expertise in electrical machines and manufacturing for the first time, aiming to put the UK at the forefront of an electrification revolution.
Novel approach to 3D printing engineering components
A team of researchers has been taking a novel approach to the development of engineering components produced using additive manufacturing.
Plaster sticks inside the mouth to revolutionise oral treatments
A plaster which sticks to the inside of your mouth is revolutionising the treatment of painful recurring ulcers. Scientists have developed a unique patch using special polymers which are able to stick to moist surfaces.
Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core interviewed Dr Matthew Gilbert, Managing Director of LimitState regarding their geometry optimisation software and its application to product design for 3D printing.
New solar forecasting tool could increase efficiency and reduce cost
A research group at the University of Sheffield has developed a solar forecasting service, helping to increase the efficiency of the electricity system and reduce energy costs.
Energy Independent Electric Vehicles: Reinventing their Wind Turbines
Several organisations are working to improve the poor efficiency of a wind turbine on a boat, car, bus or similar vehicle.
Europe's largest hybrid flywheel battery project
Europe's largest and the UK's first battery flywheel system will be connected to the Irish and UK grids to help respond to energy demand as part of a new project.
Additive manufacturing process using energy efficient diode lasers
A new 3D printing/additive manufacturing process using energy efficient diode lasers is set to change the way parts are produced.
Environmental risks in 'green' material
Researchers have undertaken the first comparative life cycle analysis of piezoelectric materials as part of an EPSRC project.
Standard highlighting the ethical hazards of robots is published
BSI, the business standards company has published BS 8611 Ethics design and application robots.
3D printed silk 'micro-rockets' for biological environment
By using an innovative 3D inkjet printing method, researchers have taken the biggest step yet in producing microscopic silk swimming devices that are biodegradable and harmless to a biological system.
Ingestible origami robot for button battery removal
In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.
3D printing goes high speed and high volume
The world's first additive manufacturing machine that can make plastic parts as fast and as cheaply as traditional manufacturing is to be built by the University of Sheffield.
Flexible polymer threads set to light up clothing
Researchers have created a fibre of a polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell by taking a stainless steel wire and dip-coating it with a thin layer of zinc oxide nanoparticles.