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

DeLorean Aerospace is working on a flying car

DeLorean cars became a staple of pop culture thanks to the DMC-12 having a starring role as the time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. At the end of the first film the eccentric inventor Doc ...

Cracking the secrets of the solar-powered drone

Father and son, Don and Cameron Donaldson’s company, Praxis Aeronautics, has developed a way to encapsulate standard solar cells in composite material without losing efficiency for use on a ...

UK public open-minded about self-driving vehicles

According to a survey of 2,850 UK residents carried out as part of the UK Autodrive programme, the public is highly familiar with the concept of driverless cars, but have not yet formed solid ...

Manufacturing steers UK back to growth

According to the latest Business Trends Report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP, the continuing recovery of the UK’s manufacturing sector is set to return UK business output to growth.

Rail Institute calls for lighter weight bogies

An ambitious plan to double the amount of European freight carried by rail could depend on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing ...

Funding for railway research and innovation

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is to play a key role in a £92 million network aimed at establishing the UK as a world leader in rail technology.

Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use

3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries from aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices. These parts are often fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase ...

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