Design and Production Articles - Design


Introducing C6(n)

In a world with a rapidly growing population, the rate at which buildings are constructed is a major challenge. But what if there were a way for buildings to adapt and change based on the needs and trends of the future? This was one of the key questions on our minds when we developed C6(n) – an innovation achieved by drawing on knowledge from the aeronautical, automotive and marine industries and applied to construction. Innovating horizontally, we have applied leading edge composite materials and rethought traditional approaches to structural engineering to create a kit of parts which can be used either together or independently as re-usable building components.


Supporting an Ageing Population

Solutions are needed to reduce the costs of health and social care for the ageing population. This insight looks at existing, emerging and speculative future interventions that have the potential to help in three key areas: falls, nutrition & hydration and mental health.


Through Life Engineering Services

Industrial leaders came together on 5th July at IET London: Savoy Place to unite behind new national strategy for Through-Life Engineering Services.

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Hear Craig Wilson’s views on Horizontal Innovation

As part of the Horizontal Innovation series, the IET interview Craig Wilson, Managing Director Williams Advanced Engineering. Discussing emerging technologies, the new era of innovation, key focus areas for WAE in the coming years and their experience of technology transfer since launching in 2013, Wilson recognises the importance of horizontal innovation for technology development.

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National Transport Design Centre

The UK has long been associated with iconic designs across all spheres of transport, from The Flying Scotsman to the Pendolino, the Cutty Sark to the Queen Mary 2, the Spitfire to Concorde and the Mini to the Range Rover. Within the field automotive design, Coventry has been a ‘special place’; what Enzo Ferrari once described as ‘The most beautiful car ever made’ , the E-Type Jaguar, was designed and built in Coventry, and many more famous car designs have emerged from this city.

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Include or lose - the importance of inclusive design

With the world’s population ageing inclusive design has never been more important, could certain design principles actually increase profits for companies whilst encompassing more inclusive design for all?

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Horizontal Innovation

Some of our greatest challenges may already have an answer...help us find them

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) have joined forces to address the current lack of widespread exploitation of horizontal innovation in the business technology community. The long-term partnership aims to raise awareness and drive wider take-up of “Horizontal Innovation” across the UK innovation landscape.

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Design for Life — Sir Kenneth Grange in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Sir Kenneth Grange in Conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams was held on 9 February 2016 at Imperial College London. It was run by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) as part of its Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) activities. Find out more about his designs, the raising stature of designers and material choices in design decisions.

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Revolutionary patient cardiac innovation

2014 IET Innovation Award winner for Healthcare Technologies, Medtronics’ Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart. The latest Design and Production case study explores this progressive innovation in healthcare technology which provides a revolutionary safe way to monitor patient cardiac activity.


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Technological innovation to revolutionise life for ageing population and benefit economy

The latest report, “Opportunity Knocks”, published by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), in conjunction with the IET and the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre highlights that technological innovation could revolutionise life for the ageing population and benefit the economy.


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Engineering Design Show 2014

This year, the high level keynote conference sessions were given by design leaders representing companies including Infiniti Red Bull Racing, IBM, Cambridge Consultants, Gurit, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Siemens, Rolls-Royce and Millbrook.


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Engineering and Industrial Design - Success through collaboration

View this Design and Production Sector insight on engineering and industrial design written by Gus Desbarats.



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Long range, lower cost flight - Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

View the latest Design and Production Sector case study on Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd - an organisation focused on pioneering applications in the energy, mining, government / defence and logistics markets.



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Qinetiq: A Disruptive Design For Life

View the latest Design and Production Sector case study on Qinetiq, a UK defence, aerospace and security renowned for pushing innovation boundaries.



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The Great Recovery

The Great Recovery is a two year project run by the Action and Research Centre at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and supported by the Technology Strategy Board.