Materials and processes

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Launch of UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) aims to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste  entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events and related support activities. The Circular Plastics Network will create a coordinated, integrated and aligned community of stakeholders in order to share … Continued

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PVC Redesigned – student design competition

The Circular Economy aims to redefine the conventional make, sell and discard model and by innovation and careful design to reuse materials for a second life. Such a model goes well beyond conventional recycling but requires novel thinking and careful design to minimise material waste. This competition aims to engage the design community and to … Continued

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3D Printing Roundtable

At this MaDE roundtable on 3D printing Dr Phil Reeves of Stratysys addressed the need for real business applications, appropriate manufacturing processes and well considered design/material choices

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Material Intuition

We live in a world where new materials are being developed at a faster rate than ever before, but these innovations are piling up into a backlog of amazing but under used technology.

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Materials and Design Innovators Meet at 3M

The Customer Innovation Centre at Bracknell has been created to share the 3M story of innovation and collaboration with customers and business partners (blog).

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Sir Kenneth Grange’s MaDE Lecture

Sir Kenneth Grange’s vast, unique and enviable portfolio includes British Rail’s Intercity 125 train, most of London’s bus shelters, the first parking meters, the TX1 black taxicab and the Kenwood Chef food mixer (article & video)

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Sebastian Conran’s MaDE Lecture

Sebastian Conran, the renowned product designer, gave the inaugural MaDE Lecture – ‘Form follows Fabrication’ (video).

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The story behind MaDE’s RightWeight Book on mass density in design

The practice of lightweighting combines materials and design in an intimate way: you use a lighter material, or less of the same material through clever design, or maybe combine both strategies. But on closer examination it’s just not that simple… (article).

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Watch the Materials Experiments

Fifty designers, scientists, educators and industrialists spent an afternoon of ‘philosophical fun with materials’ in the Royal College of Art workshops (video).