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Mapping the UK’s engineering supply chain to build a connected network

Published 23 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, uk, reshoring

Reshoring UK is aiming to map the UK engineering supply chain to assist designers and manufacturers connect

Leading industrial and technological associations have collaborated on a new website to help connect the various supply chain skill sets in an effort to the aid British reshoring of manufacturing.

From concept to product and process design, through process engineering, tooling and methods to finishing and inspection, all the way to delivery to the end customer, Reshoring UK already has 3,000 companies in its database, as it aims to help eliminate gaps in established supply chains or provide the opportunity for new ones to be formed.

The new website has been launched where localised supplier information for industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence, renewable energy and power generation, marine, medical, rail, and packaging can be found.

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7 women in engineering that you should know

Published 23 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, imeche, women in engineering, nwed, wes, brunel, women’s engineering society

7 inspiring historical female engineers to celebrate on National Women in Engineering Day

In celebration of it being National Women in Engineering Day we’ve come up with a list of 7 different female engineers that you should probably raise a drink to today.

Beginning in ancient Greece, our list thereon is predominantly British female engineers that vary their skills from Indian railroads to manufacturing methods, eclectic designs to computer programming hundreds of years before the computer was even invented.

Here are 7 for you to remember:

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FeatureCAM 2016 gets new toolpath strategies and Autodesk A360 hook-up

Published 23 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, delcam, manufacturing, machining, cnc, featurecam, milling

CNC programming legends Delcam might now be fully absorbed into parent company Autodesk, but that isn’t stopping them releasing feature-packed releases, with FeatureCAM 2016 the latest.

New enhancements include the ability to automatically control rotational machine axes during indexing or 3+2 machining.

Machine limits can be used from a machine design file, by specifying custom limits or using the shortest rotation the machine can take.

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Rolls Royce concept blows roof off driverless cars

Published 22 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, concept design, rolls royce, concept, concept car

Set in a future not too far away, the concept for Rolls Royce’s latest road car, the 103EX has something of a luxury walk-in bath about it’s design.

In a driverless and possibly electric-powered age, passenger comforts are still top of the bill for the brand that epitomises elegance, so a retractable roof makes it possible for its two passengers to simply stroll in, sit on the plush leather bench seat, and let the Spirit of Ecstasy guide the way to their destination.

By removing the boot, and instead creating a bespoke luggage compartment in the spaces behind the semi-covered wheel arches, the designers have the ability to enlarge the passenger bubble into limousine dimensions, but maintain a sporty tail fin and cropped rear end.

The design has something of a walk-in bath about its new, one-sided entrance

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