Graphene seems to be making headlines across various
industries and Highways England has also joined in. They are partnering with
the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) in Manchester to investigate
the use of graphene on surfaces. The idea is to find out whether adding
graphene to roads and pavements could result in decreased deterioration.
It all started when Prof Sir Andre Geim and Prof Sir
Kostya Novoselov first isolated the material at Manchester University in 2004.
GEIC opened in December 2018 to specialise in the rapid development and upscaling
of graphene and other applications for 2D materials.
Considering the exponential growth in technology
across various sectors and the adoption of digital technologies, is the world ready
for another radical change? This digital transformation of industries is
already happening and many believe this is the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
For some time now, many
industries have taken to Augmented Reality (AR), or at least, thought about the
technology. And why not as the AR market is expected to reach $60,55 billion by
2023 as more tech giants are linked to investments pushing the growth. Some of
the major players involved in Augmented Reality investments and acquisitions
include Google, Apple, Facebook, Samsung and Intel.
Augmented Reality is also known as spatial computing which is rapidly growing and expanding into several business and industrial applications. Spatial computing is a broad term used to describe how humans interact with computers in the same surroundings. This means that an Augmented Reality system makes it feel as if digital media is physically present thanks to interactive design and gesture.
When it comes to military aircraft, vehicles and other emerging technologies, the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant is the future. This next-generation military helicopter shows just what today’s technologies and advanced systems are capable of. After years of research and development, Sikorsky and Boeing have revealed their master plan for the latest in military aircraft. Continue reading →
The evolution of hydro-abrasive waterjet cutting has been remarkable and is one of the most effective methods of machining. There is no heat affected zone (HAZ), the small cutting widths and omni-directional cutting means we can machine virtually any material with high precision and accuracy. As a result, waterjet cutting produces a much-improved product finish with little to no secondary processing needed.
Advanced technology and methods make waterjet cutting far more environmentally friendly. So much so that the dust, chippings or gas produced with other cutting methods do not occur. There is also no need to change tool heads, blades or lubricants for each type of material which means machining time is greatly reduced.
This highly versatile cutting method produces much less waste than other forms of cutting which allows for more diverse design. The ability to cut more intricate designs and patterns offers Continue reading →