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



Engineering institutions plan to combine

Three of the UK’s largest engineering institutions are seriously considering combining to create a single body with over a quarter of a million members.


Mars Express set to go

Just before midnight on 2 June (23:45 local time, 18:45UK) a Soyuz rocket operated by Starsem will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and Mars Express will be on its way


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 ...


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Pod trials begin in MK

Aurrigo, a division of RDM Group, has delivered 10 ‘Pod Zeros’ for use in the next ...