Machining, composite and integrated manufacturing specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have joined forces to build what is believed to be the world’s first reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tool.
A consortium comprising the world’s leader in aircraft landing gear, a leading specialist metals producer and two of the UK’s leading universities is working on FastForge, a project aimed at the production of aerospace-grade titanium at a third of the current price.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has welcomed the government’s commitment to an industrial strategy for Britain and is calling for specific commitment in a number of areas in the upcoming Autumn Statement (Nov 23).
Driverless cars promise safer roads, less congestion, more free time for drivers, and independence for those currently unable to drive – but what will the reality actually look like? Dr Stewart Birrell reports.
The old joke, ‘Invented in Britain, developed in the US, made in China, sold everywhere’ may be an exaggeration, but it contains an important lesson for UK manufacturing – ideas are necessary, but they are not sufficient to build a successful future. Richard Hill reports.
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has announced the launch of its new Instruments Division, bringing its world-class measurement instruments and expertise closer to industry, improving quality, productivity and efficiency.