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Designed for a quiet life

Design engineers, quite rightly, care about the workstations that they work on. Apart from making sure that it is capable of running your software, there are other factors that can be looked at when ...


The simulation revelation

The complexities of modern engineering design are matched only by the complexities of simulation packages to assess them. Or are they? Could simulation for everyone bring about a fundamental change ...


Heart of the matter

To develop medical devices for better cardiac care, the best platform to work on is a beating heart. A project to simulate the heart is allowing just that.


True colours

Getting colour into a 3D printed part is not easy. Ground has been broken, claim Stratasys and Adobe, who have partnered to find a solution.




Something to smile about

There is no toilet humour in Madagascar’s sanitation problems. But, as Tim Fryer reports, a British design team have given the locals something to smile about.


Embracing digital telepathy

The digital twin creates a fully symbiotic relationship between the virtual and the physical across the product’s whole life cycle to bring hidden benefits that engineers never thought existed.


Keeping EMC under control

The black art of managing electromagnetism is becoming of increasing importance as products take on more electronic systems. Justin Cunningham looks at the latest tool in understanding the phenomenon.


Engineered for isolation

According to the adage, engineers save more lives than doctors. In terms of sanitation alone this is probably historically true, but increasingly doctors and engineers are working together to come up ...




Software solves recruitment riddle

One notable area of common ground amongst engineers, their customers, suppliers and the education system is the CAD environment they all operate within. There are realistically only a handful of ...


Engineering thrills

There is no doubt about it, designing a rollercoaster is something we’d all like to have a go at. But be warned, this is a complex problem that needs the assistance of modern analytical tools to get ...


Design for Manufacture 2.0

While many get by with a little knowledge about the world of manufacture, it may lead to inefficiency. With reshoring set to rise, there is an opportunity for designers to do more. But there is a ...


Sports car in reverse

Majenta PLM has partnered with Physical Digital, a 3D scanning and reverse engineering company, to transform the design and manufacturing processes of DAX Sports Cars.


Consortium targets smarter coatings

A smarter approach to applying advanced thin-film coatings to high value engineering products is being developed by Teer Coatings, Cobham Technical Services and The Open University. The collaborative ...


Phone alone

Making exclusive mobile phones is a different proposition when you are a small company instead of being part of a global multinational. In the case of Vertu it meant that change of CAD environment ...


Electronics at your fingertips

Engineering design increasingly involves more than one discipline and even the worlds of mechanical and electronic design increasingly have to be tackled by a single engineer. Tim Fryer investigates ...


Suits design in motion

Some clever design in sensor technology has developed a tool with interesting possibilities for design engineers, particularly those whose designs cater for human movement. Tim Fryer reports


Natural solutions

When nature and engineering collide, the results can be astounding. Tim Fryer found out more about Festo's Inspired by Nature concept products.



Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course


The quiet revolution

The 3D printer has emerged as the saviour for all those experiencing prototyping problems – right? Not necessarily according to John Tumelty, who argues that other options are sometimes better suited.


Riding the waves in the wild west

Not many companies admit that they are cowboys in a wild-west industry. But, as Dr Will Bateman admitted, that is where his company Ccell finds itself. It does not mean that the wave energy sector ...