Top 3 New Engineering Materials

Engineers use materials in order to design, create and produce their fantastic inventions that can alter the way we go about our everyday lives.

Metals and plastics like steel, iron, polythene and nylon are most commonly used alongside wood and smart materials, but there are also some newer engineering materials that are becoming popular. We’ve outlined three of the most exciting new materials used by engineers below.

Metallic Glass

Metallic glass shares the properties of metals and alloys. However, whilst most metals and alloys are crystalline, metallic glass is an amorphous, brittle and transparent solid material. Metallic glass is a strong material that is light in weight, and it is also has a high resistance to corrosion.

Metallic glass has been used by engineers in a number of ways including watch cases, computer memories, nuclear waste disposal containers and more.

Biomaterials

Biomaterials are defined as having chemical, physical, mechanical or intelligent properties produced through processes. They have previously been used to replace parts, correct abnormalities, improve function and assist in healing within the human body.

There are natural and synthetic biomaterials. Natural biomaterials include collagen, keratin and cellulose, whereas synthetic biomaterials include wires, screws and plates, often created from stainless steel, cobalt and titanium.

Composite

Composite materials are solids that contain two or more essential materials. For example, reinforced plastics like fibreglass and natural materials like bone, wood and dentin are all composites.

Composites are strong materials that are often used for dentistry fillings, orthopaedic implants, prosthetic limbs and bone cement.

Engineers are consistently finding and creating new and improved materials that can change the lives of many people. If you’re interested in an engineering career, we can help! We provide work-based learning to young people in Gloucestershire.

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