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Laser-etched snake-inspired material reduces friction by 40%

A snake skin inspired surface, manufactured using laser etching, has smashed records by providing a 40 per cent friction reduction in tests of high performance materials. A paper discussing this finding is published today (1 June 2015) in IOP Publishing’s Bioinspiration & Biomimetics journal.

Lead researcher, Dr Christian Greiner and his team used a laser to etch the surface of a steel pin so that it closely resembled the texture of snake skin. They then tested the friction created when the pin moved against another surface.

Fauston Tools expands offerings through AM

The installation of a new additive manufacturing solution at Faustson Tool has allowed the company to extend its capabilities, offering improved services for its customers from aerospace, aeronautics, defence, energy, medical and semiconductor industries.

Heidi Hostetter, vice president at Faustson Tool which is based in Colorado, US, explained that metal additive manufacturing is of great interest to the company’s aerospace customers. She added that there is a large emphasis on UAVs and defence in the Colorado area.

3D printing hits the ground running

The sports apparel company New Balance Athletic Shoe has started using plastic laser-sintering technology to 3D print custom spike plates for athletes’ shoes to help improve times on the track

New fibre laser installed at vehicle accessory manufacturer

The Exeter-based manufacturer, Van Guard, has installed a new 3kW fibre laser cutting machine from Bystronic UK. The company specialises in the vehicle accessory market, manufacturing and supplying roof bars and racks, pipe carriers, bulkheads, grilles, internal storage and other items.

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