Posts by Tanya Weaver

Big win for engineering apprentices at F1 in Schools World Finals

Published 02 October 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: competition, students, f1, stem, apprentices, apprenticeship, racing car, f1 in schools

Having raced on a 20-metre track, Tiro Racing’s 21cm scale model emerged as the overall winner in the R&D category

Tiro Racing, a team of engineering apprentices at Kingston College in London, has won the Best Research and Development (R&D) award at the recent F1 in Schools World Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit company that, together with its partners, aims to help change perceptions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the appeal of Formula One (F1).

Operating in over 40 countries, students aged between 11 to 19 set up their own F1 team of between four and six students. Team members then work together to design, construct and test a 21cm-long scale model of an F1 car which will be raced against competing cars on a 20-metre track. As well as the car, teams also have to consider team identity, branding, marketing and sponsorship; just like a real F1 team.

Tiro Racing, which is supported by training provider TXM Academy, consists of six members and uniquely was the only team of engineering apprentices to reach the finals this year.

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Faro unveils mobile augmented reality solution Visual Inspect

Published 25 September 2017

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Article tagged with: faro, inspection, augmented reality, ar, metrology, measurement, visual inspect

Visual Inspect enables CAD data to be transferred to an iPad to help streamline the inspection and design process

In December 2016, Faro announced its acquisition of mwf-technology, an Augmented Reality (AR) solution provider that had created technology to enable the user to view large, complex 3D CAD data on a tablet device and compare that data to real-world conditions.

Faro has now integrated that technology into its latest product family - Visual Inspect, which provides users with an “in hand, on demand” solution to view their CAD data.

The CAD data is stored locally on the iPad through a compressed, mobile format. Any documented problems and errors can then easily be exported into a Microsoft Excel office document.

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IoT musical toothbrush to get the whole family brushing

Published 22 September 2017

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Article tagged with: iot, product design, kickstarter, product development, start-up, startups, paved with gold, bleepbleeps

Benjamin Brush is the latest in the BleepBleeps line of cute connected devices that make parenting easier

In most instances, kids and toothbrushes are not friends. But London start-up BleepBleeps has a solution in the form of a smart electric toothbrush that will play a chosen tune from its integrated music store for the two minutes of scheduled brushing time.

The toothbrush, which recently launched on Kickstarter, comes with one base unit and two interchangeable brush heads - the pom-pom brush head with its omnidirectional silicone bristles for toddlers and the big brush head for older kids and adults.

The supporting app keeps track of how long and how often users brush for. Everyone gets points so users can playfully compete with family and friends, or parents can reward children for good brushing.

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The Future Metrology Hub aims to play a crucial role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Published 22 September 2017

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Article tagged with: university, research, renishaw, metrology, measurement, epsrc

The director of the Future Metrology Hub is Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, a Professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield

The Future Metrology Hub, which has received £40 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry, recently launched at the University of Huddersfield.

At the launch event, the Hub’s Director, Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, said that metrology is critical to modern manufacturing and pledged that the technology she and her colleagues develop in the lab – such as sensors and artificial intelligence control systems – would be geared up for use in the real world of industry.

She stressed the need for inter-disciplinary collaboration across a wide range of sectors. “That is what the Hub is all about,” she said and added that its goal was a transformation in UK manufacturing performance.

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Know an engineer (male or female) promoting diversity? Nominate them for a WES award

Published 20 September 2017

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Article tagged with: awards, women in engineering, wes, women in science and engineering, men as allies, amy johnson, women’s engineering society

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a famous English aviator and former WES President, and the first woman pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia

There is still an opportunity to put your nominations forward for two upcoming awards organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), which closes on Friday 22 September 2017.

Both the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award and Men as Allies Award are seeking entries for individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ their work remit or role to improve diversity within engineering.

The winners will be presented their award at the WES Caroline Haslett Prestige Lecture in London on 5 October 2017.

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Altair HyperWorks gets a composites simulation boost with acquisition of Componeering

Published 20 September 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, altair, composites simulation, hyperworks, composites, ruag space

Componeering’s ESAComp solves challenging post-buckling of thin airframe structures

Altair has acquired Componeering, a Finnish technology company specialising in structural analysis and design of composite structures

Originating through a European Space Agency (ESA) project, today Componeering’s composites simulation software ESAComp is used in a number of industries for the design and analysis of composites, ranging from the conceptual and preliminary design of layered composite structures to advanced analyses for final design verification.

The initial collaboration between Altair and Componeering was prompted by a mutual client, RUAG Space, a Swiss manufacturer of products for the space industry.

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Have a bright idea? Enter Nesta’s £50,000 Inventor Prize

Published 04 September 2017

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Article tagged with: design, competition

Nesta, an innovation foundation, has launched the Inventor Prize aimed at anyone from individual inventors to small teams and small companies, based or residing in the UK.

Working in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the aim of the prize is to help get innovative new products out of the – literal or proverbial – shed and into the market.

The only criteria are that the product has to help make people’s lives better and to enter the applicant has to have a working model of their design.

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