Posts by Tanya Weaver

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

Published 13 February 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

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, collaboration, iot, 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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Researchers at the University of Manchester discover inkjet printable 2D material inks

Published 30 January 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, materials, composites, graphene, inkjet, university of manchester, 2d material

By combining graphene with other 2D materials, new materials are being created for applications that were once thought to be science fiction

We’ve all heard about graphene - the world’s first 2D material to be isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004.

These scientists worked out a way in which to extract it from graphite and despite being the thinnest material ever discovered (it’s only one atom thick), graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, lightweight, flexible and more conductive of copper.

Knowing that they discovered something very remarkable (and for which the two scientists involved won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics ), the University of Manchester set up the £61million National Graphene Institute (NGI).

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Allo, allo - Philippe Starck imagines a new generation of smartphone

Published 30 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, industrial design, concept design, smartphones, starck

Alo features no screen and instead relies on holograms, voice control and haptic feedback

Famed French designer Philippe Starck is known for being a bit radical and ‘out there’ with his designs and now he was co-created a smartphone called Alo that, well, doesn’t look like a phone at all.

Working with fellow French industrial designer, Jerome Olivet, the duo have concocted a screen-less smartphone concept for European technology company Thomson.

In this imagined future, text messages will be a thing of the past and instead we’ll view them as 3D holographic images.

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