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Cockroach legs could hold key to better aircraft design

2 Jul 2015

A team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin is exploring the composition of various insect legs, in the hope of finding better ways to design long thin tube structures for applications in aviation and medicine.

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Rolls-Royce breaks additive record with printed Trent-XWB bearing

29 Jun 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Rolls-Royce has produced the largest ever civil aero engine component using 3D printing, working with the new National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre


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Industry 4.0. Do you know what it is yet?

20 May 2015 | By Jon Excell

Industry 4.0 is changing the world of manufacturing, but what - if anything - does it mean for the UK’s SME heartland?

Kathleen Kennedy

May the Force be with the engineers

11 Nov 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK confesses to his fear of Darth Vader and praises the efforts of engineers in the UK’s world-leading special effects industry.

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May 1905: Obituary of Edmund Beckett Denison, Baron Grimthorpe

29 Apr 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

The horologist who designed the clock of the Palace of Westminster was a formidable, combative personality but well-respected for his ingenuity and skill


March 1914: George Westinghouse

4 Mar 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Our obituary of the remarkable inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse doesn’t mention the rivalry for which he’s best-known today

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