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Plant plastic for green tattoos

05 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Great Central Plastics has launched a plant-based plastic alternative that is being used to supply sustainable vegan tattoo inks.

The material is being used by Green House Tattoo Supplies - the world’s first company to offer a plant-based range of tattoo supplies, and the new material is an alternative to the fossil-fuel based plastics currently used.

Non-ferrous facilities added

05 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of SC Group, has added non-ferrous production facilities at its Exeter based site.  The company has also announced that it has been certified to the latest health and safety standard.

The new facilities expand Blackhill’s capability in fabrication and machining for specialist markets and represent the first stage in the development of a high grade stainless steel facility.  This forms part of a new facility investment plan totalling 35,000sqft to complement the existing 28,000sqft facility.

Post-Brexit stockpiling hangover?

05 Feb 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Contingency planning is one thing, but could your stockpiling add up to a post-Brexit hangover? Mark Waterman of Vendigital asks the questions.

UK manufacturers have stepped up their stockpiling activity recently, leading to a welcome, if unexpected, upturn in manufacturing output, according to the latest statistics. Could this increased focus on contingency planning mean some suppliers are heading for a significant post-Brexit hangover?

Bringing hypercar to a halt

30 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Tamworth-based Alcon Components has purchased a turnkey machining cell to produce lightweight aluminium monobloc brake calipers for a new hybrid electric hypercar.

High performance alloys added

30 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Protolabs has added high-performance Inconel and Maraging Steel alloys to its direct metal laser sintering offering for rapid prototyping and functional end-use parts with complex geometries.

Inconel 718

As a nickel-based heat resistant alloy, Inconel 718 is high strength, corrosion resistant and can be used at temperatures between -252°C and 704°C. Its high-temperature strength is derived from its ability to create a thick, stable passivating oxide layer at high temperatures, protecting the material from further attack.