Mention the term Rapid Prototyping or just “RP” and people immediately think you are referring to 3D printed parts made by SLS, SLA or by FDM processes. What’s really meant here is Additive Manufacturing or AM, where parts are basically created by the build-up of material rather than subtracted by machining material away from a
Traditionally, when planning prototype build it is quite normal to schedule 4-5 weeks for manufacture of parts.
This year we have had Plastic Injection Mouldings tooled and produced in just 5 days, precision machined parts machined in just 1 full day and delivered by 9:00 am the next. How’s that for service?
At this time of year it is not uncommon for me to get phone calls and emails from students looking for industrial placements. They come from all sources including emails and phone calls from Germany, France and Spain right through to Asia. In the past I have even received emails from young people offering to work for nothing for
It would be interesting to undertake a poll to determine people’s perception of if there was a golden age of innovation. The wheel, fire and electricity were all pivotal inventions or discoveries that put mankind on the path to where we are now, but in terms of technological advancement was there ever a really hot
Quality is a word that does not seem to be banded around as much as it used to be. In my experience the industry seems to go through cycles, or fads where certain initiatives come and go. I suspect that this is linked to economic climate more than anything else – in the ’80s quality initiatives were rolled-out across