A number of 3D printing companies are believed be amongst the 1,400 businesses pledging their support to the UK Government to produce parts for ventilator equipment. Read the full artice... How 3D printing companies are responding to the Coronavirus crisis Article by Laura Griffiths
New research reviews the basic reproduction number of the new corona virus finds that it is much higher than current estimates. Where did it originate and how did it spread? Since its breakout in December 2019, scientists have grappled with the highly contagious new coronavirus that they dubbed 2019-nCoV, and now known as SARS-CoV-2. “Where did the virus originate?,” ”How did it spread to humans?,” and “How long does the virus survive on surfaces?” are just a few of the questions that researchers have been scrambling to answer. Now, a review of existing studies tries to answer another question that is crucial to controlling the epidemic: How quickly does it spread? The question is of utmost importance, especially in the light of the most recent toll: 42,708 confirmed cases and 1,017 deaths have occurred in China as of February 11, 2020. To find the answer, a team of researchers set out to examine several scientific studies of the new virus and published the results in the Journal of Travel Medicine. Joacim Rocklöv, who is a professor of sustainable health at Umeå University in Sweden, is the last and corresponding author of the [...]
3D printing is a slow revolution. But it is a revolution regardless when you consider what the technology does: saving lives, enabling new business models, redefining how we design products. But none of that happened overnight. The revolutionary nature of 3D printing grew over decades, formed on a foundation of small but valuable steps.
The future of robotics and automation is being led by innovative companies who are supporting UK manufacturing by developing solutions that not only enhance productivity but also improve businesses competitiveness.It is widely recognised that manufacturers are facing challenges in an increasingly competitive landscape. Productivity is being highlighted as a major issue as well as the growing skills shortage. Whilst the UK Is behind the other G7 nations in terms of the number of robots deployed we are starting to see change. Manufacturers are turning to robotics and automation as it is often a more cost-effective approach and can offer increased production output. Although the automotive industry has pioneered the use of robots, applications have been developed across all sectors. There are many cases where the main challenge is an extreme working environment that restricts the use of manual methods or conventional machine tools. Robots are, of course, able to operate in more extreme conditions than humans but they are also more tolerant than many machine tools. They are less susceptible to extremes of temperature and humidity, and are often more resistant to dust or other contamination, making them less prone to problems in challenging manufacturing environments. Machining with [...]