The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.

Linear motor sizing made easy

For machine designers who need to quickly test alternative designs in depth, without having to perform lots of manual calculations, Quin Systems is now offering a free linear motor sizing software ...

Concept car glows in the dark

Ford has come up with the idea of a concept car that uses LED lights to change body panel colors, intensity and frequency

CBI reacts to the budget

CBI Director-General Digby Jones today (Wednesday) said: "The Chancellor has at last started to restore his business friendly credentials

Are your engineers networking regularly enough?

Despite Britain's claim to have the best design engineers in the world, according to a recent survey, UK engineers rate themselves lowest when it comes to networking skills. Dean Palmer reports

Rolls-Royce teams up with HE

Rolls-Royce has selected the University of Surrey’s School of Engineering to host a University Technology Centre (UTC)

Gold medal awarded

The chief executive of BOC Edwards, has been awarded the IEE’s premier manufacturing award, the Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal

Luke warm reception for patent agreement

UNICE, the union of industrial and employers' confederations of Europe, has questioned aspects of the Competitiveness Council's agreement on a Community patent

Manufacturing output rises

UK manufacturing output posted a gain in January on the back of a better performance by the computer industry, official figures have revealed

Automotive world first

Mazda has demonstrated the world's first automotive application of aluminium joining using frictional heat. Mark Fletcher takes a look

Wind power gets a boost

A massive expansion of offshore wind has been announced by Energy Minister Brian Wilson, with the approval of plans to build 60 turbines

Euro patent finally gets agreement

Philip Martin, a partner at Marks & Clerk, tells Mark Fletcher what the implications for engineering will be regarding the new Community patent

Ford opts for Catia v5 for all its bodywork design

Automotive giant Ford has finally decided to break away from its almost universal EDS-based engineering IT infrastructure, by agreeing a contract with IBM/Dassault to provide product lifecycle ...

Exposing electronic products

High-resolution X-ray computer tomography has made it possible to examine the inside of electronic products in a non-destructive manner

VR goes desktop

Virtual reality can now be found on your PC. Researchers have developed a special monitor that displays virtual objects as high-resolution images directly in front of the user's eyes

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Better than a hologram

In the original Star Wars film, R2D2 projects an image of Princess Leia in distress. ...

Ocado’s cobots

Ocado Technology has unveiled the first prototype of its ARMAR-6 humanoid ...