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Weekender // Guy in a tank on the telly

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, weekender, jcb, tanks, guy martin

A five-month project to resurrect a World War One British Mark IV tank is interesting enough, but throw in motorcycle racer and truck mechanic Guy Martin, and his genuine affliction for design and engineering elevates any programme.

Much of the work was performed by JCB for the authentic reproduction of the 30-tonne tank, built from scratch, the process began with CAD data drawn up by a hobbyist modeller, before JCB designers upgraded the model and used cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to recreate the chassis of the historic machine in just 8 weeks.

The completed chassis was transported to Norfolk tank museum, near Norwich, where the remainder of the project took place.

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STEM Returners programme looks to help those restarting their careers

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, jobs, education, stem

Helping STEM qualified people close their CV gap and get back into work

A CV gap, for whatever reason, is often an insurmountable barrier to recruitment, often viewed negatively by both employers and returners, yet a new scheme aims to help all candidates with a STEM background find a way back into work. 

Through a supported return to work scheme STEM Returners will also support those candidates who are interested in transferring to a different sector, but lack the relevant experience to apply through traditional recruitment channels.

Both the returners and employers will be fully supported throughout the programme which includes confidence training and coaching for the returner, a 13 week fully supported paid internship and a diverse and evolved mentoring scheme.

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HP opens up on future plans, including a new sub $100k 3D printer and importance of the Build Unit

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, materials, metals

For the production printers, the future of its productivity might lie in the hands of the build unit

While much of HPs news from Formnext was already out in the open a week before, a few little snippets came to light on the show floor.

Most interestingly was the news that a smaller MultiJet Fusion printer, priced under $100,000 will be revealed in 2018 to target the functional prototyping market, and no doubt to push the adoption of the bigger manufacturing class machines as a result.

Secondly was a more immediate look into the existing machines, and the 4210 upgrade, which sees software upgrades, as well as hardware changes to the processing station and a few of the printer’s components - yet as the materials progress the biggest changes will come to the interchangeable powdbed build units.

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New materials partnerships are rife at Formnext as vendors tie-up suppliers

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, manufacture, materials, additive manufacturing

3D printing materials are key to advancing the processes and applications of the technology - these microscopic spherical materials from Dressler are set to aid the HP MultiJet Fusion technology

As important as the abilities of the machines themselves, the materials needed for 3D printing are a critical consumable, and one which the machine manufacturers were keen to tie-up partnerships for with suppliers.

While when compared to mature manufacturing processes like Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) demand is comparably low for 3D printing, but what 2017 has shown is that both vendors and materials suppliers are jostling for placement before the boom comes.

Metals powders proved most noticeable, as the sector for SLS metals 3D printing truly grew in the maturity and size of machines available, although plastics suppliers have also noticeably stepped up.

Below is a list of some of the key announcements from Formnext 2017:

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