STEM: the key to combatting engineering’s image problem

One of the ongoing issues for the engineering industry is the problem of attracting talent to the sector. The government believes that if we want the UK to remain a world leader in research and technology we will need a future generation that is passionate about the so-called STEM topics, namely Science, Technology, Engineering and

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Why are there so few women in Engineering?

This recent article suggests that only 6% of the engineering workforce are female and this has not changed in recent years. My personal experience tells me that the numbers in our particular corner of engineering (mechanical) are even lower than this.  If I think back over my career I can probably count female co-workers on my two hands.  Its quite

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A bit of CAE snootiness?


The importance of working collaboratively and the ability to share native geometry with our clients has necessitated us investing in a fairly extensive range of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Analysis (CAE) software over the years. This gives us a good insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a number of the most

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Things I wish I knew about marketing when we started: six marketing tips for start-ups

We’ve now entered our seventh year as an independent provider of engineering design services.  In that time we have been proud to have contributed to some really exciting products and on the flip side there have been some projects that have not been awarded our way.  Of those that got away, there are a couple that

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What is the point of a prototype anyway?

We recently wrote about the amazing potential of 3-D printing, which is now an industry in itself, having evolved from the rapid prototyping side of product development. A key advantage of rapid prototyping has always been the ability to create a physical representation of a new component in just a couple of days. This undoubtedly

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