Humble beginnings

If you’re reading this on your computer, glance down to see the product in the spotlight for today’s fun fact. If you’re not, here’s are some hints: For some, this will be an everyday tool that makes your work easier. It might be a plug-in or wireless. It could have Read more…

Reliable and functional – it has to be Finite Element Analysis

This Friday, we’re sharing a fact about size and weight. Do you know the first programmable computer invented in 1945 weighed 27200Kg? It’s a far cry from the lightweight device we’re accustomed to these days.  With approximately 5,000,00 hand-soldered joints, its size was necessary to home all the components and Read more…

Getting the right pace

Do you know the first speeding offence in the UK happened in 1896? Walter Arnold was caught breaking the then speed limit of just 2mph! His ‘horseless carriage’ was travelling at a dizzy 8mph – even this seems slow in today’s age. We don’t know how his speed was recorded Read more…

The importance of Intellectual Property at your fingertips

For this Friday’s fact, we need to look no further than our fingertips. Do you know the QWERTY keyboard was invented by Christopher Sholes in 1873? It takes its name from the first six letters on the top left of your keyboard. The theory is during the development of typewriters, Read more…

Stepping out

Due to Good Friday, we’re a day ahead with this weeks ‘Friday Fact’ – it’s not an April Fools’ trick to try and catch you out honest! Much as we love an engineering-based fact, we fancy a change this week and are going for a more personal touch. With Spring Read more…

Staying ahead of the curve

When I hear the name Nintendo I recall patiently waiting for my turn on the Game Boy – this passed as soon as it came! Most recently I’m baffled by how a five-year-old trumps me playing tennis on the Wii! Either way, it’s not what Nintendo first sold when they Read more…

Making positive predictions

We’re starting this week’s Fun Friday Fact with a quote, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers”. These words are attributed to T.J Watson, President of IBM in 1943. The prediction seems off the mark in comparison to today’s world where computers are commonplace. Although given Read more…

Precision and progress

It’s time for our Friday Fact… Let’s start by setting the scene… it’s the 1980s, some questionable fashion choices and great tunes on the workshop radio. I had just started my career in engineering and learning my trade. Lots of hands-on tools and machines to get to grips with and Read more…

Stones, steps and inflatables

For today’s Fun Friday Fact, we take a virtual trip to Egypt, home to a man named Imhotep. The belief is he is the first person in the world credited as an engineer. Imhotep was probably the first person to use stone columns to support a building in the design Read more…

Make your ideas stick

For this weeks Friday Fact, we are inspired by an everyday item. Can you guess what it is from these clues? This item has many practical uses on earth and in space. It was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer named George de Mestral. It was inspired on a walk Read more…

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