Europe’s first state-of-the-art waterjet machining centre

Europe's first state-of-the-art centre will explore waterjet machining as a viable alternative to using laser processing for 3D parts for the aerospace industry. Waterjet technology has erosive properties for cutting materials such as glass, polymers and metals, and uses grit and water rather than toxic chemicals.

Nanosight microscope indentifies nanoscale cracks

NanoSight Ltd, UK, has developed a method for accurately visualising individual nanoparticles for nanoscale cracks and deformities. The NanoSight LM20 uses a conventional optical microscope fitted with a specialised camera and dedicated analytical software that makes use of a technique called nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA).
PET brick

PET brick

Making use of discarded PET bottles, a professor and four engineering students from the Lutheran University of Brazil (Ulbra) have created a ‘PET brick’ made out of quartz sand, cement and bottles.
Living Brick

Living Brick

The Living Brick is a new construction material for facing urban/suburban structures. It exploits one of the most common commodities in the urban landscape – the surfaces of buildings – as spaces for ‘vertical gardens’. Extruded bricks can be used to create a garden wall or even to cover the facades of buildings.

IMMa formation announced

At the meeting of the Council of the Institute held on 8th November 2006, it was agreed that an umbrella organisation be formed to cover common matters of the former IMM divisions.