Steel alloy shows record-breaking resistance to shock

A team of engineers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology claims to have developed and tested a type of steel with a record-breaking ability to withstand an impact without deforming permanently. The new steel alloy could be used in applications from drill bits,…

Memory metal paperclip

Shape-memory alloys flip back and forth between two solid crystalline forms called Austenite and Martensite. At lower temperatures, they take the form of Martensite, which is relatively soft, plastic, and easy to shape; at a (very specific) higher temperature, they transform into Austenite, which is a harder material and much more difficult to deform. Let’s…

Nickel production in 1935!

This is how it was done in 1935! An old silent US public information film shows how nickel ore was mined and some of its uses at the time, including a record-holding speed boat, a zephyr train, a racing car and the liner Normandie.

Boeing unveils metal that is ‘slightly lighter than air’

Boeing claims to have created the worlds lightest metal, stating how the breakthrough could have major implications for aircraft and automotive fuel efficiency. The material is composed of a microlattice structure made of 99.99% air which makes it light enough to balance on top of a dandelion. Watch the video here: Boeing unveils metal that is…

Where you’ll find us . . .

Here’s a list of the events we will be attending over the coming months (and into next year!). We’d be delighted to meet up with you for a chat over a coffee. Call Mike Kelly on +44 (0) 7852 319367 or email mpk@focusmetals.co.uk Subscribe to our news blog to be the first to find out…