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The EU is investing in research to help European manufacturers remain competitive in a growing market for personalised medical products. Two projects are developing ways to use 3D printing to make tailor-made components for the benefit of patients.
Published: 13 June 2016
At a research facility near Montpellier in southern France, a mock-up of a heavy aeroplane wing is carefully manoeuvred across a test centre by automated machinery. The operation is part of unique research that could ultimately play a part in keeping jobs in heavy industry in Europe.
Published: 12 April 2016
Producing chemicals and plastics indeed requires a lot of fresh water to cool down industrial processes, and this water is not always handy. Take a look on how new technologies can help recycle the water used in chemical plants to make these more environmentally friendly.
Published: 14 March 2016
At a warehouse in Bilbao, in northern Spain, a strange robotic ballet is underway. These automated forklifts weigh eight tonnes each. They transport heavy loads of soda. And they are completely unmanned.
Published: 7 March 2016
How can we help elderly people find their way around places which are new and completely unknown to them? At the Science Museum in Trento, northern Italy, Vittoria Basso, 91 years old, is involved in an unusual scientific experience. She is testing a robotic walker.
Published: 29 February 2016
EU-funded researchers are developing an underwater robot with exceptional dexterity that can be controlled remotely from the shore. For the oil and gas industry this could mean reducing the amount of hazardous underwater repair work that is usually carried out by divers, while also cutting operational costs.
Published: 18 February 2016
Very specific conditions are needed for a tiny seed to grow into a mighty tree. Providing these conditions helps to preserve biodiversity, as plants produced from cuttings are essentially clones. EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative propagation unit where plantlets can thrive, along with tailor-made growth protocols for many species.
Published: 8 January 2016
Using digital machining, companies can turn a digital design into an object with the click of a mouse. An EU-funded project has come up with a new and innovative way to do this, bringing the technology within reach of smaller companies with limited budgets.
Published: 22 December 2015
The aerospace, medical technologies and automotive sectors have very high manufacturing costs because of the complexity of the parts involved, the low volumes produced and the price of raw materials. EU-funded researchers are building a solution that almost sounds too good to be true: a fast, energy-efficient combined subtractive and additive manufacturing machine that produces metal parts for lower cost than its traditional counterparts.
Published: 30 November 2015
Injection moulding is the most common method for manufacturing plastic parts, from bottle caps and pocket combs to mechanical components and medical devices. But it has its limitations. An EU-funded team has created the first commercial moulding machine that uses ultrasound to overcome those confines. The technology has already been sold to European and US companies.
Published: 16 November 2015