Cool, light, and strong: CREAX and Bekaert explore the possibilities of metal foam

Combining the advantages of metal with those of a permeable, lightweight material, metal foam lends itself to a wide variety of applications. Bekaert, a global player in advanced metal transformation, opened up a world of possibilities by lowering the material’s production cost. But how to identify these new applications, link them to the appropriate markets, and boost revenue? Enter the CREAX Market Development approach.

Idea generation: the solar still upscaled

The solar still principle is not new, but today it is mainly used in small applications. In this device, water is distilled using the heat of the sun. Time to take this principle to the next level.

Idea generation: Meet spiro, a new way of drilling

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Isn’t it odd that you need a different drill bit for each hole you want to drill. We came up with Spiro, the drilling bot of the future. Set the diameter and depth, stick him to wall and Spiro will do the trick. Spiro is inspired on the technology of standard milling machines. Sounds nice, right?.