Posts by Tanya Weaver

Launch of International Women in Engineering Day

Published 21 March 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: women in engineering, nwed, inwed, women in science and engineering, women’s engineering society

For its fourth year, NWED is becoming the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and will take place on 23 June with the campaign theme ‘Men as Allies’.

Set up in 2014 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) this national, now international, awareness day focuses attention on the interesting and fulfilling careers in engineering and technical roles for women, and celebrates the achievements of outstanding women engineers. 

In 2016 the day had a hugely positive impact with over 550 separate events being held on the day (including school events), not to mention it being reported in over 150 national and local newspapers and online articles in the UK and internationally. 

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3D Systems unveils Figure 4 for speedy mass production of plastic parts

Published 20 March 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d systems, mass customisation, additive manufacturing, figure 4

Figure 4 is a fully automated, high-volume 16-print engine production solution

3D Systems has announced Figure 4, which it claims is the industry’s first modular, scalable and fully-integrated additive manufacturing platform that is capable of producing plastic parts more than 50 times faster than current systems.

Based on its Figure 4 technology, the company’s new platform allows customers to tailor configurations and select materials to address specific applications.

Configurations can range from single-print engine machines to high-volume production systems with 16 or more print engines, automated material delivery and integrated post-processing.

“We believe our breakthrough Figure 4 platform will revolutionise manufacturing by transforming production of both mass customised and complex end use parts with a compelling total cost of operations versus conventional methods,” said Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), president and CEO, 3D Systems.

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McLaren unveils plans for a new carbon fibre chassis production plant in Sheffield

Published 13 February 2017

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Article tagged with: carbon fibre, materials, mclaren, mclaren automotive, composites, amrc, sheffield university

McLaren Automotive to open purpose-built production facility next to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Since 1981, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis. It was first seen on the Formula One grid in the McLaren MP4/1 and then in 1993 its first road car to debut a carbon fibre chassis was the McLaren F1.

It seemed a logical next step for this luxury sports car producer to find a facility where it can manufacture its own carbon fibre chassis. And it’s found such a facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The new purpose-built McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be housed in a 7,000m² building set over four acres and will be responsible for the research and development of future Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis as well as the manufacturing of the chassis itself.

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HWTrek simplifies hardware creation with new cloud-based collaboration tools

Published 03 February 2017

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Article tagged with: hardware, cloud, iot, collaboration, hwtrek

HWTrek provides online planning and team collaboration tools to aid and simplify the product development process

HWTrek has announced an update to its platform that adds cloud-based collaboration features to specifically improve IoT manufacturing supply chain visibility and transparency and increase efficiency.

Based in Taiwan and Shenzhen, HWTrek (Hardware Trek) acts as a ‘matchmaker’ in the hardware creation world, where hardware companies (‘creators’) and those that have hardware solutions, components, insight and services (‘experts’) can meet on a collaborative platform to create smart hardware and bring it to market.

To date, more than 9,000 ‘creators’ have created 2,500 projects on the platform and have been connected to 1,900 of its trusted manufacturing and supply chain ‘experts’ from Shenzhen, Taiwan and Japan.

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Line-us - a little robot drawing arm that copies your doodles

Published 01 February 2017

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Article tagged with: product design, kickstarter, robot, sketching, crowdfunding, robot arm

Line-us is a small internet-connected robot arm that draws onto paper whatever you draw on screen

With the onslaught of technology we rarely sketch on paper these days. It’s far more common to use your finger or stylus to sketch on a smart device.

But with Line-us you can once again sketch on paper as this little robot arm copies exactly what you’re doing on screen and recreates it in real-time onto paper.

Hatched up by industrial designer Durrell Bishop and technologist Robert Poll, this pilot project, which launched onto Kickstarter today, is aimed at encouraging users to draw and experiment.

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Hexagon MI launches latest edition of its measurement software

Published 01 February 2017

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, hexagon metrology, cmm, metrology, hexagon, hexagon mi

PC-DMIS 2017 R1 lays groundwork for a more focused user experience and improved workflows

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched PC-DMIS 2017 R1 - a dimensional measurement software package for coordinate measuring machines.

‘R1’ is short for ‘Release 1’ with two major releases scheduled for PC-DMIS in 2017, along with continued service pack updates to ensure reliability.

New for this release is the ‘What’s new’ animation which pops up when the user first starts the application, making it easier to find and learn about the new features and enhancements of the software.

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Launch of the British Design Fund to back product designers

Published 31 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, prototype, hardware, product design, funding, investment, start-ups, startups

The British Design Fund has launched to invest in and support early stage UK product design and manufacturing companies.

Founded by ex-Design Council CEO John Mathers and design entrepreneur Damon Bonser, the program is set up in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners LLP and Twenty20 Mentoring.

The fund will provide financing and advice to help consumer product and hardware-based start-ups take their products to market, along with the funding they need to prototype, test and set up manufacturing.

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