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Award-winning UK 3D printer – Is this the advent of true plug and play additive manufacturing for the home?
We spent the day with Chris Elsworthy discussing and filming the “ROBOX”.  Tackling the issues that have until now made the reality of 3D printing in the home very different to the expectation, watch this amazing film and decide if this could be the first truly accessibly 3D printer for the average user?

First draft of UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
The Robotics & Autonomous Systems SIG, set up by the Technology Strategy Board,  have spent the last 18 months road mapping across the breadth of the RAS sector and building a draft strategy for Robotics & Autonomous Systems for the UK.

Bombardier apprentices win National Apprenticeship Competition - Manufacturing on the Moon
Utilising existing materials on the moon (the lunar base contents, old Apollo mission vehicles and lunar materials) apprentices were challenged to build a vehicle that would transport and hold them an altitude of 1000m for five minutes and rendezvous with a rescue craft.

The Gamification of Manufacturing
With the skills shortage regularly featuring as the number one concern in engineering, could the latest research at Cranfield University come to the rescue of the skill starved manufacturing industry of the future?

Modern manufacturing in the UK- New reports showcases the perspective of manufacturers
In May the IET launched the report An insight into modern manufacturing at One Birdcage Walk. Produced in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the report aims to build a realistic picture of the issues that confront industry and to point to areas where Government can help UK manufacturing to become globally competitive.

From David Willets to Warren East - All of the content from the 5th National Manufacturing Debate
The IET once again supported the National Manufacturing Debate at Cranfield filming this premier two day event. Covering the Minister, all of the keynotes including ARM and Toyota, the full debate and interviews; the range of content available on IET.TV is as diverse as it is comprehensive.

How Toyota drives non-labour resource efficiency
Steve Hope of Toyota Motor Europe explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007.
Highlights from RESOURCE - Realising the opportunities of the circular economy
Resource, a free to attend event launched this year in March as the largest source of learning, networking and solutions for professionals approaching new strategies to contend with these problems. Held at London’s EXCEL it became at once the world’s largest conference and exhibition catering to every sector affected by circular economy adoption, from designer and manufacturer through to retailer, recycler and reuse network. Read more and access highlights from a three day conference with an exceedingly impressive line up from industry.

St Georges Day IET evidence session chaired by Chris White MP
Following the success of the only evidence session held outside of London in the formation of the “Making Good” report, The All Party Manufacturing Group have once again partnered with the IET and Midland Manufacturing Group for a follow up event in Warwick. This was a unique chance for manufacturers to comment and expand upon the key recommendations, continuing the dialogue with Westminster and ensuring “Making Good” will remain relevant as more data gets added through further events. Read more about the event, the report and access the Video.

Previous articles and reports
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Brian Holliday, Divisional Director - Industry Automation, Siemens plc

Brian Holliday

From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013, Cranfield University, 21st May 2013

2013-05-21 Manufacturing Channel

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Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy

From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013, Cranfield University, 21st May 2013

2013-05-21 Manufacturing Channel

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Manufacturing recovery gathering pace
20 September 2013
Manufacturing order books are at their fullest since the start of the financial crisis and car production has leapt ahead, according to the latest figures.

Manufacturing 'surge' in UK and Eurozone
2 September 2013
A “surge” in activity at UK manufacturing firms has been mirrored by the fastest rise in European factory activity in more than two years..

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