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Posted by Allison Blackburn

Airlines can pay $300,000 for one airplane seat, here is why

The race is on between airlines to find out which one can offer the fanciest and most luxurious first and business class seating on-board their airplanes. Of course if you want the best you have to be willing to pay out a high price and for the airline this can end up costing more than what you could buy a home of average size in the US with. A single seat can cost around $300,000! So what does the airline get for shelling out such a huge sum of money? [Image Courtesy of Google] It has been said that the Boeing […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Could Gizmo 3D printer trump Carbon3D’s breakthrough

You may remember our recent feature of Carbon3D’s new ‘breakthrough’ in 3D printing that allowed them to produce finished products 25-100 times faster. Their process is referred to as ‘Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology’ and seems as though the part is being pulled out of a shallow pool of liquid material. Now, an Australian company, Gizmo 3D, have unveiled a similar technique that they claim is not only faster but also produces products of higher quality. They also use a stereolithography method, where the product is produced as a result of curing a photo-sensitive resin, but rather than the part being […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

New exoskeleton boot makes walking more efficient

Futurologists have been promising for years that future generations will be enhanced with some form of exoskeleton. There are uses within military or even Daewoo’s example of factory workers who can pick up heavier things and work for longer periods of time. Now, Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have created an exoskeleton boot that slips on quickly and easily and which makes walking more efficient. [Image Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University] The device doesn’t require any powering either, it harnesses the power of your own muscles instead. The team behind them are confident that the inexpensive, easy-to-wear exoskeletons will become the norm […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Inside the Ferrari Factory: the mechanical workshop

Every Ferrari is a hand-finished piece of engineering art and all of which are built exclusively on the Maranello campus. All the vehicles are custom produced and as all installations are performed by hand the factory turns out 10 to 12 completed cars per day. The Ferrari factory was designed by french architect jean nouvel and renovated to match the improvements in technology circa 1997 by company president Luca di Montezemolo. The images below give an inside look of the ‘nuova meccanica’ (mechanical workshop) building, where engine components such as headshafts and cranks are produced. Opened in 2001 the 15,000 square meter […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Largest spiral escalator ever built reaching seven storeys

If there’s one thing that annoys me with shopping malls it’s when you go up the escalator only to have to walk all the way back around to go up another floor. It’s a tactic used to encourage shoppers to enter more shops than they normally would and also means that shops get more attention. This spiral escalator however looks right up my street. Recently opened in a shopping mall in Shanghai it stretches seven storeys making it the world’s largest spiral escalator. Original design vector of the proposal (Courtesy of Mitsubishi Electric) It was developed by Japanese firm Mitsubishi Electric who have […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

New robotic arm can re-create itself

Universal Robots have created a new robotic arm that can create parts for itself. It can even build a copy of itself. Known as the UR3 it is both smaller and lighter than its predecessors and has also gone through a little more training. The six-axis articulated arm can be programmed to do numerous tasks including pick-and-place, screwing, soldering, gluing, and painting. However, the programming is a little easier than traditional robotic arms as it has been designed to be able to ‘feel’ its way around a surface so that it doesn’t have to be based around a specific part in a […]