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View from the top: At your service

How does a software reseller differentiate itself? Service, service and service, as Phil Read of Man & Machine tells Paul Fanning.


Innovation boosts wheelchair safety and lifespan

It is estimated that there are as many as 750,000 full-time wheelchair users in the UK, of whom a significant proportion are under 18. Clearly, while a chair for a fully-grown adult may have a ...



Show preview: TCT Live & Interplas

The latest developments in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and the plastics industry will be on display at this year's TCT Live and Interplas exhibitions.



Computing aids advance rapid development

Tom Shelley reports on technologies to aid brainstorming and getting products to market faster, especially in the challenging field of alternative energy.


A design for end of life

Ever-increasing regulation and new thinking about end of life are putting pressures on design. Tom Shelley reports on the different approaches to these problems.



Shear determination

The bleak outlook of the economy is not frightening every manufacturer. Justin Cunningham talks to one company bucking the trend


Net gains

Designers can access a broad range of software programs – and link their results together automatically – using a revolutionary ‘leasing’ arrangement. Lou Reade reports


Doing it faster

Tom Shelley looks at some of the innovations in rapid product development and manufacturing to be showcased this autumn


‘Thinking’ engine transforms CAD rules

Siemens PLM has enhanced its 3D CAD offering to simplify model modification, while continuing with its programme of integrating CAD and PLM with Siemens automation control products.


Flash the cache

Tom Shelley reports on how collaboration technology could be enhanced by Adobe’s acquisition of Macromedia


The shape of things to come

If Formula 1 drivers can have their seats personally moulded to fit their body shapes, why not the rest of us? Tom Shelley reports


Remapping the world of design

Designing, simulating and mapping the results of tests into the same CAD model in the same environment is now a reality. Tom Shelley reports


Automatic digitisation

A Cambridge spin-out company is looking to exploit a technique that generates automatic 3D models from digital photographs


Software alternative to amputation

Software is key to the design and manufacture of custom-made bone and joint implants for patients with tumours and major bone loss at Isiqu Orthopaedics near Cape Town, South A




Winning with 3D

When one of the country’s most successful motorsport teams switched to 3D, it accelerated design choice to new levels


Parts prove a whole new business

Reverse engineering of obsolete parts has lifted one business into a whole new dimension – aerospace and beyond – as Tom Shelley discovers