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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Starlight – Retrofit Solar Panels for Streetlights. Part 1

Planning and developing a project such as the Trimmers Solar Farm in is an epic undertaking. Yet it does have an advantage. A Solar Farm is a tested concept. It has been done many times before and so the idea is proven. A project like our Retrofit solar Panels for Streetlights (named ‘Starlight’) is a different matter.  Finding investors to back the project, even after the demonstration of ground breaking innovation, back up by swish video presentations is not enough. It’s a matter of confidence. Someone may get excited and intrigued about such an idea.  But to give their hard earned cash...

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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 recent...

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Computer aided design means both roles can now be fulfilled by the one.

Traditionally the Industrial Designer and the Design Engineer have been considered separate roles. The advancement of computer aided design software is opening up the opportunity for a Designer to gain the skill sets to consider him/her self to be simultaneously a Design Engineer and Industrial Designer. This has the advantage that they can have a fully holistic understanding of any given product design.  Often clashes between the Industrial Designers and Design Engineer’s way of working are apparent.  The Industrial Designer may design to make an item look good and function ergonomically,...

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