Leading global supplier of materials, Goodfellow, has collaborated with a number of major international companies to provide research materials in several industry sectors. Case studies have now been launched on Goodfellow.com showcasing real-world examples of applications where Goodfellow have provided an array of materials either from their catalogue or as a bespoke item to aid R&D projects and prototypes.
Within the Automotive sector, Goodfellow worked with Formula Student team, Instituto Tecnico at the University of Lisbon for the development of an innovative electric race car. Comprising hundreds of teams across the world, the international engineering design competition sees vehicles compete at a series of international events. Goodfellow supported the two latest prototypes, the FST 07e and FST 08e and supplied copper mesh and titanium bar.
Henrique Karas, a spokesperson from the University of Lisbon said, “The support from Goodfellow enabled us to put in practice innovative and creative solutions we had developed to our car. The copper mesh, that makes the car safer and with less wires, and the titanium shaft, making our motors capable of developing its 150hp in a reliable way, are just a few examples of the students’ ingenuity and show that the support from external companies is very important. We were also glad to welcome Goodfellow into our workshop and demonstrate to the academic community what we were able to achieve through this collaboration.”
Goodfellow has also provided bespoke alloys for use by a world-leading aerospace manufacturer focused on satellites and engines. Behind some of the world’s most innovative technological developments, research and development is a key part of the company’s goal of achieving ambitious environment protection objectives. Over several years Goodfellow supplied low to medium quantities (in varying amounts of kilos) of specific types of alloys including Tungsten, Molybdenum TZM, Tantalum, Rhenium and Niobium. The materials provided have played a vital role in the development and production of the next generation of aircraft engines.
In the Defence sector, wire has been provided by Goodfellow and has been applied in the development of technical devices. Around Europe, components have been used for different tactical applications. The quantities of the materials used were a few kilometres of Niobium Titanium wire. The focus within the Defence sector is to use higher quality materials to ensure durability and long-term cost-effectiveness. Goodfellow undertook an extensive array of tests on new products in order to guide the client towards material selection for specialised projects within the defence industry.
Another key customer, operating within the Manufacturing sector, is a world-leading engineering and scientific company with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The materials required in this case were standard ceramic items which meant that it was vital to keep costs down to a manageable level that would support ongoing production. The long-lasting relationship helped to ensure that the project was handled efficiently and precisely.
3D printing appears today as an exciting shaping technique in different fields including the medical, electronic and automotive industries. Goodfellow has an in-depth knowledge of the latest additive manufacturing processes and provides the raw materials needed for 3D printing with high attention to detail meaning services are expertly tailored to the design, function and product life of the application.
Over the coming months, Goodfellow will continue to add to its portfolio of case studies to demonstrate how companies in a variety of different industry sectors can take advantage of its research materials’ expertise in order to facilitate their own industrial innovation.
With more than 70 years of facilitating innovation, Goodfellow is a leading global supplier of metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, compounds, composites and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry. The company has an extensive range of 70,000 catalogue products in multiple forms available off the shelf, most subject to free delivery within 48 hours and with no minimum order quantities.
With over 6000 customers supported by a worldwide network of offices, agents and distributors, Goodfellow also offers a comprehensive range of bespoke processing services, effectively operating as an extension of the production team in order to develop custom fabricated components in any quantity required. Our in-house team comprises fellow scientists and engineers with extensive knowledge of materials and processing. Through their technical expertise and a supporting range of specification tools, the company has built an unrivalled reputation for helping to find solutions to even the most challenging of research problems. All Goodfellow products are also underpinned by the ISO 9001 quality accreditation.
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