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

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

Sealing material looks to the future

A special polyurethane elastomer sealing material is set to take the science of sealing well into the 21st century according to its developer

Meet the innovators

The London Development Agency invites you to meet Britain's top innovators at a conference for promoting innovation in business on Monday 17 March 2003 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, ...

10th MDT show proves a hit with visitors

Despite growing concerns over a general decline in UK manufacturing exhibition attendance figures, last month's Medical Device Technology (MDT) show attracted 5% more visitors – mostly design ...

Support rises for the Government's ECA scheme

Over the last six months, the Government's Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme, which offers 100% first year capital allowances to businesses that invest in technologies meeting energy-efficient ...

A motor the size of a pencil tip

For applications that require a powerful motor unit to be packed into a very tight space, the new RE8 miniature motor from Maxon Motors may solve your design headache. Dean Palmer reports

Hospital bed gets a makeover

A new design of hospital bed is using extruded polypropylene plastic base panels, bedheads and bottom boards in place of the more traditional steel and wood. This has given the bed designers more ...

How to invent (almost) anything

Tom Shelley reports that A new book, "How to invent (almost) anything" has been written by HP former creativity and quality manager, David Straker and psychologist, Graham Rawlinson

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3D printed PPE

Stratasys has announced a global mobilisation of the company’s 3D printing ...