Posts by Tanya Weaver

3D printed, pleated costumes for the Beijing Opera reveals flexibility possible with SLS parts

Published 28 November 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, sls, royal college of art, sinterit, textiles, rca

The 3D printed costumes keeps the same shape and form of traditional costumes but with a contemporary aesthetic

Bringing together 3D printing with traditional Eastern pleating, PhD researchers from the Royal College of Art have created pioneering costumes for Beijing Opera performers.

The 3D printed parts have been printed using an SLS (selective laser sintering) technique from 3D printers Sinterit. This Sinterit Lisa machine has allowed for pleated and woven garments that are as soft and pliable as textiles.  

The costumes were designed using a parametric algorithm to translate a traditional pleating structure which can be applied to print the parts.

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JCB helps Guy Martin build a replica WW1 tank to mark 100 years of their use in battle

Published 14 November 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, manufacturing, construction, tanks, guy martin, jcb, world war one, replica, reconstruction

The modern-day recreation Mark IV tank will be the subject of a Channel Four programme - ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 One Tank’- to broadcast on Sunday 19 November 2017

When TV personality Guy Martin set his sights on building an authentic reproduction of a First World War tank, he called upon British manufacturer JCB, which used its skills and capabilities gained from building diggers to construct this 30-tonne tank. 

A century ago in the First World War, the Mark IV tank helped the allies on the Western Front make an unprecedented breakthrough at the Battle of Cambrai, Northern France.

JCB was tasked with creating the chassis of this tank from scratch in just eight weeks, which would go on to be displayed in Cambrai on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November 2017.

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Winners of the WISE Awards highlight inspiring women in science, engineering and technology

Published 10 November 2017

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Article tagged with: awards, women in engineering, stem, women in science and engineering, wise, women in stem, wise awards

The WISE winners with their awards, which were presented to them at a ceremony in London with Royal Patron of WISE, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and 400 guests

A former Royal Navy engineer, a science toy and an entrepreneur using technology to help GPs pick up early signs of cancer were among winners at this year’s WISE Awards, which recognised the outstanding contributions of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The annual awards, which have been organised by WISE since 2012, aim to shine a light on women working in STEM occupations in the UK. 

Although more women work in science and engineering than ever before – numbers have increased by more than 61,000 in the past 12 months and 230,000 in the past five years - Trudy Norris-Grey, WISE chair and Microsoft managing director, wants to see that figure vastly increase.

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Winners of new IET photography competition show dynamic and creative side of engineering

Published 18 October 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, competition, photography, iet, stereotypes

Naf Selmani was announced as the winner of the Structure and Transport category as well as the competition’s overall winner for ‘The Hive’

A spectacular bee-inspired sculpture, a car VR simulator and a pyramid of pandas were all winners as the the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) launched its International Engineering Photography Competition.

The IET received over 500 photos from children, young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Digital, Environment and Energy, Structures and Transport, Robotics, and Design and Production.

“We launched our photography competition to help banish the outdated perception that engineers just fix and mend things. We received some brilliant images and I’d like to congratulate our winners,” said IET president Nick Winser.

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With the UK in need of engineers, Renishaw hopes to inspire school students through work experience

Published 16 October 2017

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Article tagged with: students, schools, renishaw, stem, work experience

During the summer, global engineering company Renishaw hosted two work experience weeks with 100 students

In a bid to give students an insight into what a career in engineering can entail, Renishaw recently opened its Wotton-under-Edge headquarters to students, aged 15 to 17, from over 40 local schools.

Two programmes were offered: Engineering Work Experience, which 95 students took part in, and the Software Work Experience, which 14 took part in.

For the engineering programme, the students in their first week designed a product using magnetic levitation to aid manufacturing whilst, in the second week, designed a versatile measuring machine for schools and small businesses. For both projects, the students worked in teams to design and build a concept model using CAD.

During the Software Engineering Week students were given the opportunity to design a computer game.


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Fairline Yachts striking new designs lead to plans for UK expansion

Published 04 October 2017

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, marine, fairline, boat builder, marine design

Fairline’s latest design is a stylish take on what a comfortable day boat should look like

Hot on the heels of launching its new award winning modern luxury yachts, Fairline Yachts has announced a new production facility to capitalise on the successes of the company’s latest designs.

The 63 GTO, crowned winner at 2017 World Yachts Trophies, as well an all-new Targa 43 Open due next spring have both raised the brand’s notoriety, as well as further concept designs for the ‘F-Line’ day boat.

As a result, a new manufacturing site is planned for yachts over 70ft with the first boats beginning production on the site in late summer 2018, creating 200 jobs.

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Freefly FF3 will offer wide field view mixed reality experiences in a new breed of headset

Published 03 October 2017

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Article tagged with: product design, vr, ar, crowdfunding, mixed reality, vr headset, crowdcube

The new Firefly FF3 headset offers the ultimate interface between augmented and reality

Two years ago London-based Proteus VR Labs launched the Freefly, which was marketed as one of the first mobile phone powered VR headsets. The company is now back with Freefly FF3 - a hybrid augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset.

Like its predecessor, the team have once again created a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign in order to raise the funds to tool, market and launch the new Freefly FF3 headset.

However, unlike its predecessor, the patent pending wide-angle lens system, which upgrades the user’s back facing camera, widens the mixed reality ‘play area’ to a whopping 180°. This, the company claims, improves on the limited field of views of dedicated mixed reality headsets.

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