3D Printed Spring Snaps for Prototyping.

A client has hired me to work on a new product that requires a snap on removable underside for access to batteries. It goes without saying I cannot give out any details about the product, but I have been working on a simple spring snap for one of the requirements. This has been a nice simple attempt to design something with a flexing mechanical part that can be 3d printed, and is strong and durable for purpose and repeated use. I am pretty happy to find it had worked first time off. This was also using the most recent Makerware software with its nice new interface. Seems to facilitate nice...

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Prototyping with Sean Webber – The ‘Mindset’

Do you remember the film Field of Dreams and the line  – “Build it and they will come.”? Well my good spirited housemate said this soon after I had finished putting together my home workshop. Its particularly great when a truly novel and inspiring new design comes ones way…. I was recently contacted by Sean Webber, a Neuroscientist and Product Designer who has conceived the ‘Mindset’ – A ‘Portable, battery powered, brain stimulation headset. The unique design provides exceptional versatility to enable users to stimulate a host of different...

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Our direct experience of PV (solar) subsidy cuts

I have been working with others on the planning to development of a PV solar farm in Hampshire, so I speak in regards to the government’s direct attack on the solar industry as a whole over the last 5 years in office, and also the recent attack on small scale ground mounted solar subsidies last week. Although my coming suggestions may still be relevant to other areas of the green energy sector. The government had previously removed the ROC’s (renewable energy certificates) for any development over 5mw so giving the industry a strong signal to build ground mounted solar farms smaller...

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The Graphene Handbook – Review

Set to be for the 21st century a revolution in material technology comparable to the innovation of plastics in the 20th century, you may have not yet heard about Graphene. If you have not already then it’s inevitably you will. Graphene is the super material that holds the promises of doing everything under the sun. Graphene is totally water resistant, the best known electrical conduct on the planet, highly flexible, antibacterial, extremely lightweight and incredibly tough to the point of being not far off indestructible. The most fascinating feature of this miracle material is that it is...

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Multi-Functional vs. ‘The Camel’

  There is a famous saying in design – ‘A camel is a race horse designed by a committee’.  Let’s not discredit clever multi-functional gadgets.  A great example of this design approach is the Franklin Step ladder chair: http://craziestgadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/franklin-chair2.jpg It’s a clever design of a chair that in one action flips over to become a step ladder.  It is multi functional yet still simple, with modest but clean graceful design, finished nicely, and suits its intended environment. It has two and only two uncompromised functions. In a fairly...

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