If you don’t try, you’ll never know

For this week’s blog, our inspiration is the Large Hadron Collider. Some people said it would cause a massive hole that would destroy the earth. However, 13 years on, and no such thing has happened. From a product development perspective, fear of the unknown or fear of failure is the Read more…

Save money with an independent design consultant

Let’s start with a few questions…. Do you design or make a product? Do you need additional design capacity? Would you like to employ a design engineer but think you will struggle to keep them busy full time? Would you like to reduce manufacturing costs? Do you have an occasional Read more…

Drawings, drawings, drawings

Happy Friday to you all, our blog this week is all about drawings. To kick off (excuse the pun, it seems appropriate!) do you know when engineering drawings first emerged? Gaspard Monge developed the orthographic technique in 1765. As France was at war, this means this means of sharing ideas Read more…

Accidental discovery

Our Friday Fact is one of accidental discovery. In 1938 Chemist Roy Plunkett was researching alternative gasses for refrigerators. In doing so, he discovered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon®. With heat tolerance and stick resistance, it has become an important coating for a range of items from aerospace equipment to cookware. Read more…

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…

A hands-on approach goes a long way

Fun Fact Friday – Invention of bank cards In 1960, while at IBM, Forrest Parry invented the magnetic stripe now used on bank cards. He had the idea of glueing short pieces of magnetic tape to each plastic card, but they didn’t stay on. When he returned home, his wife Read more…

Think outside the box

When solving complex design problems, people often use the phrase “its time to think outside of the box”. This is where true innovation happens, where new ideas are born and where new product ideas become the next big thing. But what happens when long established, or small design teams think Read more…

What3Words

Have you heard about What3Words? Its a new way to tell people where you are. Every 3 meter square on the planet has been given a unique combination of 3 words. The W3W shown here (///downfield.regime.gravitate) will take you to the front door of our office at Heywood House. Its Read more…

CAD Time Lapse

People often ask up how we create CAD models and drawings… This time lapse shows the process of designing a simple shaft and then creating an engineering drawing for it. Want to be the first to read our news?… sign up here… Have a project you would like to discuss?… Contact us Read more…

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