Swaging: Rotary and Extrusion

Swaging is a process that belongs to the forging class of manufacturing processes, where the dimensions of the work piece is changed using dies which

Dzhanibekov Effect

Understanding the Dzhanibekov Effect

The Dzhanibekov Effect phenomenon, also known as the Tennis Racquet Theorem, is a result in standard mechanics which describes the movement of a rigid object

makerspaces in universities

Makerspaces in Universities

There is no doubt that entrepreneurship and innovation continues to prosper with new ventures and projects emerging on a regular basis. Most people would recognise

Recycling Carbon Fibre - the Lamborghini Huracan

Recycling Carbon Fibre

Since the turn of the century, carbon fibre and composites have been the making of the aerospace and aeronautics industry: their mechanical properties and lightweight,

Going Back to the Classroom: Why?

Whether you’re intending to go back to university (or going back to the classroom as some would describe it) at some point in your professional

Enter the world of Microtomography

What is Microtomography?

Heterogeneous materials are gaining more popularity in use for manufacturing high-tech parts. This means that analyses and certifications need to be conducted and will therefore

space junk

The Threat of Space Junk

Since the 60s, the majority of satellites launched into space have successfully fulfilled their tasks with new technology improving the services which they offer. Unfortunately

rapid prototyping

Rapid Prototyping: Doing For Thinking

Lately, I was pleasantly surprised by one of the conferences I attended involving decision making and startup development: I was expecting the generic speech about

What are Wacker silicones?

Wacker Group is the leading light in the world of silicones with a history going back to 1903. Engineers across the globe will forever be

3D Woven Interlock Composites

There was a time when the idea of using textile material for primary load parts was scary. Thankfully we now live in the post-era of

Self Healing Composites

The main issue with a parts’ life cycle is failure by fatigue which ultimately comes through crack propagation. Step forward fracture mechanics which is a

micromechanics device

On Micromechanics

In many ways the subject of micromechanics prompts more questions than it answers in a world where many see everything as black or white with

Crap Design: Household Appliances

As technology improves at an ever-faster rate, one might expect that the products we use in our everyday lives would be continuously improving. It certainly

hydraulics in space

Hydraulics In Space

Hydraulic systems are widely used in aircrafts to control actuation of landing gear, flaps, rudders and brakes. The reasons behind the usage of hydraulic system

blow moulding

Blow Moulding

Blow moulding is a permanent mould process used for the manufacturing of hollow plastic parts. The process can be divided into two main types: extrusion

Rapid prototyping

Rapid Prototyping Basics

For those in the design world, the idea of rapid prototyping is not a new concept; prototypes of every new design must be produced to

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