Hollow ceramic components produced by rotary moulding cuts costs

Materials World magazine
Research at CERAM, Loughborough University and Queens University Belfast shows that rotary moulding can be adepted to reduce production costs, and waste from hollow ceramic items. The technology, widely used to manufacture hollow polymer objects, enclosing a ceramic slip in a closed mould that is rotated around two axes while being heated in an oven.

Electrospun silicone microthreads for regenerative medicine

Materials World magazine
The feasibility of electrospinning technology to produce polymeric threads containing viable brain cells, has been demonstrated by researchers at University College London, UK. The creation of biologically active threads and scaffolds of living organisms may have a range of bioengineering and medical applications.

Lightweight, polymeric composite for protective clothing

Materials World magazine
A lightweight, breathable composite to protect military personnel and employees in the chemical industry has been developed by TDA Research Inc and the University of Colorado, USA, based on a combination of butyl rubber and liquid crystals. The polymer membrane obtained can be laminated onto fabrics to protect clothing against exposure to toxic chemicals.

MADE brings together materials and product design

Materials World magazine
The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.

Crowning glory

Packaging Professional magazine
The Ballantine's hip flask, designed by French company Hot Shop and made by CROWN Speciality Packaging for Chivas Brothers, was the winner of the overall Supreme Gold Award and Gold Award at the Best in Metal Awards, showcasing achievements in metal packaging.