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The European Union (EU)-funded project MultiTERM has brought together highly qualified scientists to create 'smart materials', such as skin and bone substitutes, to replace and repair damaged tissues. The EU's rapidly rising elderly population stands to benefit from these materials that include gels, artificial skin and cartilage.
Published: 1 December 2014
A wide range of industrial applications, such as vacuum generators and pressure gauges use gas in tiny amounts. These gas micro-flows behave in a particular manner and need very precise controls of flow.
Published: 17 November 2014
An EU-funded project brought together industry and scientists to develop pioneering ways for industrial robots to be more accurate, significantly reducing the time and cost of machining processes. Software and know-how from the project is already generating new business for Europe's robotic industry.
Published: 14 November 2014
Published: 11 November 2014
Crab is a culinary delicacy most of which ends up in the bin. In this edition of Futuris we look at the uses can we find for the hundreds of thousands of tons of crab shells thrown away by European consumers every year.
Published: 5 November 2014
Every day dozens of tons of eggshells are wasted in Europe. They can be recycled into plastics, cosmetics or even food supplements, but there is a problem. A problem they tackle every day at one small company in Hungary. Every year around 15 million eggs there are transformed into ingredients for pasta, bakery and food service industries.
Published: 20 October 2014
Hard to imagine, but yes - some of us go entire days without a thought for the future of the tooling industry. Few of us, however, go entire days without handling products the sector helped to shape, such as a toothbrush or a smartphone. A team of EU-funded researchers has developed innovative products as well as guidance on business models to help Europe's tooling manufacturers remain competitive.
Published: 10 September 2014
A new process for concrete buildings has robots cutting mould shapes and bending the steel reinforcement. Self-compacting concrete fills the mould, giving smooth, organic-looking buildings, but without the usual cost. The technologies, developed by EU-funded researchers, are already on the market.
Published: 28 August 2014
The EU-funded NEXT project brought together manufacturers and machine-tool developers to develop a new, modern approach to production machinery. The project delivered new process automation concepts and machine designs for faster, greener manufacturing, allowing production lines to be more easily adapted to changing demand.
Published: 17 July 2014
Published: 2 July 2014