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High achievers recognised in the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

Published 02 December 2016

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Article tagged with: awards, iet, women in engineering, wes, female engineers, young woman engineer of the year, 9percentisnotenough, women’s engineering society

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award went to Jenni Sidey, a lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge

Yesterday evening the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) awarded three young female engineers the title of Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year at its annual awards ceremony.

The aim of the ceremony is to not only celebrate women working in modern engineering but also their drive in becoming female ambassadors in the hope that they’ll inspire other girls and young women to consider a career in engineering and technology.

“We want to inspire the next generation of engineers, especially girls – and one way of doing this is to showcase inspiring young female engineers. The YWE Awards put high-achieving female engineers and technicians in the spotlight so that they become role models for the next generation of young women to pursue careers in engineering and technology,” says Nigel Fine, the IET’s chief executive.

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Meet OLO - a smartphone powered 3D printer

Published 22 March 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hardware, 3d printer, kickstarter, crowdfunding

With OLO users will be able to print 3D objects directly from their smartphones for $99

Seems too good to be a true - a 3D printer that is portable enough to fit into a small bag and uses the light of a smartphone to harden the resin.

OLO, the creation of a multi disciplinary team based in San Francisco, made its debut in New York in October 2015, when it won the World Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award.

It launched officially onto Kickstarter yesterday and has reached an astonishing $276,226 of an $80,000 goal with 29 days still to go.

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Pyrex turns to Cambridge Design Partnership for a centenary facelift of its glass ovenware

Published 21 April 2015

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Article tagged with: industrial design, product design, product development, design process

The design of Pyrex’s new ‘Optimum’ range was led by insights gained during consumer research. One of these insights centred on a reluctance to take the Pyrex from oven to table

To celebrate the Centenary of Pyrex, the resilient glass cookware brand, International Cookware – exclusive licensee of Pyrex – appointed design consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) to develop a new generation of Pyrex premium ovenware.

At the start of the design process, CDP carried out detailed interviews and observations with everyday kitchenware and Pyrex users to gain insight into the current experiences and challenges of end users.

Requirements uncovered included deeper dishes, handles promoting a more secure (typically gloved) grip, and easier cleaning. Additionally, an aesthetic that promoted oven-to-table serving was desired.

CDP took these findings into consideration when the design team began work on the new Optimum range.

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Siemens FEA tools helped create the extremely lightweight Solar Impulse 2 plane

Published 16 March 2015

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Article tagged with: siemens, fea, femap, aerospace, nastran, solar impulse, solar energy, nastran nx

Femap with NX Nastran is being used to optimise and verify the structure of first plane to circumnavigate the earth using solar power alone

Last week we published a blog post on the Solar Impulse 2 project and its attempt to fly around the world powered only by solar energy.

Following lift off in Abu Dhabi on 9 March, the plane has been to Muscat, Oman, then Ahmedebad, India, and is currently being prepared for its third flight to Varanasi, also in India. The team’s progress can be followed via the project’s logbook.

A plan hatched by the Swiss team and co-pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the aim is to fly around the world with the craft’s only power coming from the sun.

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Solar Impulse 2 embarks on epic global flight with help from Dassault Systèmes

Published 09 March 2015

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Article tagged with: design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, aerospace, aircraft, 3dexperience, solar impulse, solar, solar energy

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane was designed using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform

The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane that is powered only by solar energy began early this morning in Abu Dhabi.

The Solar Impulse project, which has been in design and development for over 12 years, is the result of the pioneering spirit of its co-founders - Swiss aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop, and Swiss businessman André Borschberg.

The project’s first plane - Solar Impulse 1 - was a test bed for the complex new technologies, while the second Solar Impulse will carry the mission forward by flying around the world, making 12 stops over five months, with a total flight time of around 25 days.

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Renishaw’s in-house training scheme for applications engineers proves fruitful

Published 02 March 2015

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Article tagged with: engineering, training, additive manufacturing, renishaw, graduates, careers, recruitment, applications engineers

Graduates from Renishaw’s Applications Academy are being snapped up by the global engineering firm as fast as they can complete the training

In 2010, Renishaw established a specialised internal training scheme in response to a growing demand for applications engineers.

This Applications Academy, which is a 21 month course and based at Renishaw’s headquarters in Gloucestershire, has proven popular with the company doubling its intake of graduates last year. So far 35 candidates have graduated from the Academy and have been snapped up into a number of divisions within the company.

The Applications Academy programme equips graduates with an understanding of engineering principles, manufacturing processes, methods and techniques, as well as communication and business skills.

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Designs of the Year 2015: A look at the product design category

Published 20 February 2015

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Article tagged with: product design, competition, design museum, awards, exhibition, designs of the year

Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s exhibition of innovative, interesting and forward-looking design

It’s that time of the year again when London’s Design Museum launches its annual Designs of the Year award.

Now in its eighth year, these international awards celebrate design globally featuring ‘superstar’ designers alongside those that are lesser known.

There are 76 projects that have been nominated across six categories including architecture, digital, fashion, product, graphics and transport.

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