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…

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…

The art of communication

Did you know the world’s first cast-iron bridge was built here in the UK? The Iron Bridge in Shropshire opened in 1781 and is a major influence on bridge designs globally. The history of the bridge suggests it was quite a team effort to design, fund and construct. As with Read more…

Keyboard Shortcuts For Engineers

How often have you been working on a report or an engineering drawing and needed to add engineering characters that are not on the keyboard? Not sure what I mean? How about. If you found this helpful, or useful and would like to receive more hints and tips in to 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…

What do fittings, figurines and rings have in common?

And just like that, it’s Friday again! And our SLA 3D printer is in full action from minute plastic fittings through to fantasy figurines! The breadth and intricate detail we create with the printer is astounding. I enjoy the variety of designs we work with and we’re always ready to Read more…

Game changer

For this weeks Fun Fact Fact we head back to 1452. A Hungarian engineer, known as Orban, offered to sell a mighty cannon to the Roman Emperor. He refused, so Orban instead sold the cannon to the Ottoman emperor, who used it to breach the walls of Constantinople in 1453. Read more…

Add value not cost

This weeks’ Fun Friday Fact comes from the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The lead structural engineer named Joseph Strauss insisted on the installation of a safety net even though its $130,000 (£94,948.30) cost was deemed exorbitant. Over the four years of its construction, the net saved 19 men, Read more…

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Bring forth a challenge

Another busy week here and another thought-provoking Friday Fun Fact: ‘In 1891, Chicago issued a challenge to all engineers to build a structure that would surpass the Eiffel Tower. The engineer who won proposed a giant rotating wheel that will lift visitors high above the city. The inventor of this Read more…

‘Nothing is impossible’

Welcome to our first blog post of 2021. Let’s start by sharing a Fun Friday Fact …. ‘In the 1920s newly hired engineers at General Electric would be told, as a joke, to develop a frosted lightbulb. The experienced engineers believed this to be impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Read more…

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