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New report says 16 is critical age at which women are lost to potential engineering careers

Published 25 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: jobs, education, schools, girls in engineering, apprentiships, female engineers, women in engineering, jaguar landrover

Jaguar LandRover has schemes in place to attract young girls into a career in engineering such as ‘Young Women in the Know’

We’ve been banging on about it here at DEVELOP3D for some time in various articles and blog posts: we need more female engineers, who currently only account for 7 per cent of the professional engineering workforce in the UK.

A new report by the the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), states, an additional 87,000 graduate-level engineers are needed each year between now and 2020, yet only 46,000 are being produced.

The release goes on to demonstrate that 16 is the critical age at which women are lost to a potential career in engineering: this is the point at which far more women than men make A-level and vocational subject choices that close off pathways into careers in engineering.

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Composites: New computer model for testing aerospace materials to allow lightweight designs

Published 24 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, fea, aerospace, airbus, composites simulation, composites design, boeing, composite, composites, imperial college

Airbus has worked with Imperial College London to develop more accurate analysis models for its use of composites

New computer codes have allowed developers to create a computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged, making it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Developed by researchers at Imperial College London working with partners, Airbus, and with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the model is capable of showing details how an aircraft composite wing, for instance, would behave if it suffered small-scale damage, such as a bird strike.

In addition, any tiny cracks that spread through the composite material can be predicted using the model.

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Metals 3D printing: Aussie start-up offering sub £3k printer that can build in 20 metals

Published 24 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, kickstarter, australia, additive manufacturing, robots, metal

Billed as a ‘consumer grade’ metals 3D printer, the S1 can be supported on Kickstarter

Australian start-up Aurora are promising the first affordable metal 3D printer, with its S1 model costing under £3,000 via its Kickstarter launch page.

The Solidus 1 (S1) is listed as a ‘consumer grade’ printer, with a 150 x 150 x 200mm build area, 50 micron resolution, and two powder feeders capable of printing in stainless steel, inconel, hastelloy, brass, bronze, mild steel and others.

Previously, metals 3D printers have been limited by cost, size, power demands and (ultimately, when playing with metal posers and lasers) safety - yet Aurora say they have this covered with their proprietary new technology.

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Golf: Antiquated clubs back on course with modern design tools

Published 24 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, eos, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, eosint, st andrews, gleneagles, scotland, next engine, dundee

This 129 year old golf club was brought back to life using reverse engineering

As the world’s top golfers prepare to descend upon Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup, researchers from the University of Dundee are celebrating the game’s history with the use of the latest technology.

The University’s division of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering teamed up with St Andrews Golf Co. to investigate the process of making high quality, authentic examples of historically important irons, woods and putters.

The team worked on clubs including a ‘President’ Water Iron from around 1885 made by James Anderson of Anstruther - designed for golfers to play their ball from either a burn or casual water, almost ‘scooping’ the ball out the water.

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