Teacher’s experience at Materials Congress

‘Smart materials – smart move’ is the theme of the teacher’s experience to be held on 14 May in Grantham as part of Materials Congress. The all-day session will focus on smart materials with a view to support the science and technology curriculum for 12-16 year olds.
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Draft programmes available for Materials Congress

Draft programmes for Materials Congress are now available online.

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

London Materials Society
Material Requirements Planning (MRP) is a business-planning technique that caused a revolution within manufacturing companies when it was introduced in the early 1960s. At its core is a computer algorithm...

Rapid prototyping for corrugated packaging

Packaging Professional magazine
A new rapid-design centre for corrugated packaging at Encase in Leeds, UK, uses computer aided 3D design software to turn a pack concept into a production-ready prototype, all in one day. The service, which tracks the pack's journey through the supply chain, is on offer for customers involved in supermarket retail, white and brown goods, DIY, component manufacture, and the automotive and technology sectors.

Cheaper materials for solar cells

Materials World magazine
One of the UK's largest photovoltaic solar energy research projects, PV-21, is investigating a replacement for the rare and expensive indium used in the conductors and semiconductors of solar cells.