• Microlens arrays. Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology

    Glass microlenses project precision

    Materials World magazine
    A hot embossing technique that can fabricate double-sided arrays of glass microlenses with record levels of precision could provide an alternative to plastic lenses in projectors.
  • Construction Materials Group launching at Ecobuild

    The official launch of the IOM3 Construction Materials Group will take place at the Ecobuild Exhibition at London ExCel on 2 March
  • The ‘Debris’ series used in United Supermarkets, Texas. Image courtesy of Fireclay Tile

    From toilets to kitchen tiles

    Clay Technology magazine
    A Californian company that is salvaging waste sanitaryware and turning it into premium ceramics believes it is the first USA-based company to do so, exploiting a proprietory recycling process.
  • The patented M series mill from International Innovative Technology, Gateshead, UK

    Run of the dry mill

    Clay Technology magazine
    A compact solution for energy-efficient dry milling could turn industrial by-products that had previously been considered waste into commercial products, says a UK firm.
  • Afyon clay deposit, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

    Making clay the Afyon way

    Clay Technology magazine
    A new deposit of clay from the Afyon province in Western Turkey could be the answer to the country’s growing tile industry.
  • Vitreous Enamellers join IOM3

    The Institute of Vitreous Enamellers has joined IOM3 as IVE: The Vitreous Enamellers' Society, a new group within the Institute's Surface Engineering Division.
  • broken pint glass

    Towards a tougher, safer pint glass

    Materials World magazine
    A group of policymakers, materials technologists, designers, drinking vessel manufacturers and trade groups met for a Materials KTN event on 17 November in London to plan towards setting a Standard for Safer Drinking Vessels.
  • National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, with hostile vehicle mitigation measures and a blast resistant façade © National Assembly for Wales

    Designing for counter-terrorism

    Materials World magazine
    As counter-terrorism strategies remain high on national agendas, TPS Consult, headquartered in Croydon, UK, has assisted the Royal Institute of British Architecture to produce guidance on designing for counter-terrorism.
  • Power to protective structures

    Materials World magazine
    Structures that can withstand anything man or nature throws at them are not simply unrealistic fodder for a Hollywood action film - materials scientists and engineers worldwide are quietly working to make protective construction a reality.
  • roof tiles

    Predicting tile behaviour

    Materials World magazine
    Predicting the behaviour of fired clay materials subjected to frost, such as roof tiles, may be one step closer, say researchers in France.