The article informs that researcher Adrian Bowyer has developed a self-replicating, low-cost rapid prototyping system at the University of Bath, England, that he plans to distribute under an open source model. He has developed the "RepRap" to make items out of plastic at the desktop from a design on a personal computer. Bowyer said about the technology that it is the junction of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science.
The article presents information on the development of a desktop rapid prototyping system by researcher Adrian Bowyer at the University of Bath, England. Bowyer said that it is a potentially powerful technology. He further said that open source licensing is a vital element in distributing this technology and the machine is itself open source so people can improve the design.
TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURING processes, RAPID prototyping, and AEROSPACE engineering
The article reports on the development of a novel production technology called additive layer manufacturing by researchers from Exeter University in England. The aim of production technology is to widen the application of the rapid prototyping technique beyond its existing applications in aerospace. The master project has attracted the industrial support of businesses.
The article presents information on Berkshire Ophthalmic Labs in Thatcham, England, including the tools and machinery used. The lab has been trading since 1952, and is a family-run business now. Dean Curcher is its operations director, and as stated, innovation in machinery has always been the primary philosophy for the business. Information on topics such as the CNC Optidrill, flooding in Gloucestershire in 2007, and freeform surfacing, is also discussed.
Electronics Weekly; 9/26/2007, Issue 2305, p5-5, 1/2p, 1 Color Photograph
PROTOTYPES, POLYCHLORINATED biphenyls, and BUSINESS planning
The article reports that thermal PCB start-up firm Thermastrate is planning to launch its production line in Northumberland, England. The firm is on the way to introduce flexi-ridged thermal PCB prototype quantities, making substrates for high-brightness LEDs and concentrator-type photovoltaic arrays.
Provides information on the microfabrication technology for rapid prototyping and production of micron-sized parts developed at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Capability of the system; Process of prototyping.
ROBOTS, COLLEGE teachers, ROBOTICS, and MACHINE theory
Discusses the partnership between Staffordshire University and an intellectual property developer to develop a revolutionary robotic concept, the Flexibot Robotic Arm in England. Robot design and specifications; Development of the patented mechanical device by Professor Mike Topping of Rehab Robotics Ltd.; Prototyping and evaluation stages of the project.
CONFERENCES & conventions, RADIO frequency, METAL oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors, and ELECTRIC interference
Focuses on the ARMMS RF and Microwave Society conference held in Steventon, England from April 24 to 25, 2006. Discussion on the merits of and applications for on-chip radio frequency (RF) prototyping by chairman George Hjipieris of NERA Networks AS; Presentation of a technique for the on-chip wiring up of very-high-performance vertical metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor RF devices by Alec Reader of Innos; Standardized method of measuring radio system immunity to interference described by Nick Long of Great Circle Design.
Electronics Weekly; 7/20/2005, Issue 2203, p4-4, 1/4p, 1 Color Photograph
POLYMERS, PROTOTYPES, and UNIVERSITIES & colleges
The article reports that designers producing proof-of-concept and prototype devices made in polymers will be able to go to a facility in County Durham, England opening in the first half of 2007. The original process technology for the facility will come from the Cambridge-based prototype production plant of Plastic Logic Ltd. It will be a step up in terms of volume compared to existing prototyping facility. The 20 million pounds cost is coming from national and regional government. The universities of Cambridge, Newcastle and Durham are expected to be partners.
INTEGRATED circuits, HIGH technology industries, ELECTRONIC industries, and SILICON industry
The article reports that the silicon technology firm Innos in Southampton, England, is promoting its e-beam fabrication capability as a realistic approach to fast prototyping for fabless chip firms in Great Britain. Because e-beam is a serial write process, it will never be viable for production quantities, but for a few prototypes it is an effective technology. As Innos is based in Great Britain, design to manufacture time is potentially faster than with foundries in the Far East.
LETTING of contracts, MANAGEMENT contracts, MICROELECTRONIC packaging, SIMULATION methods & models, PROTOTYPES, and ENGLAND. Northwest Development Agency
The article reports on the invitation of tenders to manage the National Microsystems Packaging Centre to be based at the Edge Lane in Liverpool, England. The Northwest Development Agency plans to provide £20 million to £30 million to the facility. Among the technologies to be supported at the centre are electronics and fluidics. The facility will provide design, simulation and prototyping services.