Technology

The latest technology is at the forefront of engineering design, here you will find articles covering a range of topics such as design software and rapid prototyping.

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Global potential

The aerospace industry is keen to embrace additive technologies to minimise the ‘fly-to-buy’ of its more exotic and expensive metals. Here, Andrew Williams finds out how a collaboration between the ...




Why do DC motors fail?

Everything in this world has a limited time to operate, nothing lasts forever. So, what factors play a key role in putting a DC motor out of action? There are numerous reasons why motors fail and ...



PCs for hazardous areas

In hazardous environments, a single spark from a faulty wire can be deadly. So, what do companies need to consider when choosing a PC for such an area?





Simulation tools are no longer just for experts

Why are so many late design changes still happening on relatively simple products and projects? While manufacturers are striving for a ‘Right first Time’ production philosophy, design engineers seem ...


The UK’s first autonomous grocery delivery trials

Earlier this year, the GATEway Project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment), led by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) trialled autonomous pods to shuttle people around the Greenwich ...


Bearing optimisation for robotic applications

The idea of personal robots assisting with the housework seems great, but we’re a long way away from the technology being effective and affordable enough to see uptake on a large scale. The precision ...


The big trends shaping the factory of the future

All around us, technical innovation is reshaping traditional industries - take BIM’s (Building Information Modelling) impact on construction planning and smart devices in the energy sector. ...


Attainable virtual reality for all

Though it has been used for over 25 years, virtual reality still seems unattainable to many design engineers. Here, Mike Leach takes the guesswork and fear out of the emerging technology.





Sensor selection: standard vs custom

With no shortage of sensor suppliers and Internet search engines that provide fast and easy comparison of performance, price and availability, why would any engineer choose anything other than a ...



The fixing solution winning favour across industries

The use of reinforced lightweight materials, such as honeycomb sandwich panels, are increasingly important elements of modern engineering design, a trend that is rapidly pushing the exotic materials ...