Engineering Capacity is the UK's news source for subcontract and contract manufacturing.

It is rocket science

20 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

WEC Group’s engineering apprentices have put their new fabrication and machining skills to the test in order to manufacture major parts for a research space rocket.

Within just four weeks, WEC Group Training Academy apprentices fabricated a rocket propulsion system and fitted the rocket’s fin brackets which were cut at the company’s in-house waterjet division.

Proto-Labs' big machining investment

17 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Proto Labs buys 26 more Haas machined

Proto Labs, the Telford-based rapid prototyping and on-demand digital manufacturing service provider, has purchased 26 new CNC machines from HAAS Automation.

The company says the expansion reflects the level of innovation in industry and strength in UK manufacturing and that that it is in a key position to support manufacturing growth through the production of prototypes and low-volume production runs for businesses, designers and engineers across Europe. 

Inside info on photo etching

15 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Photo etching specialist Precision Micro has launched a new website that highlights the advantages of the technology over traditional sheet metal processes.

MIDEST on the move

14 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The French subcontracting show MIDEST has moved from its traditional Autumn slot and is soon expected to have new owners.

Current organiser Reed Expositions has entered the exclusive negotiation phase for GL Events Exhibitions to take over the MIDEST event.

As a result, the next edition of MIDEST, previously scheduled for 3 - 5 October 2017, will take place in March 2018, from 27 to 30, at Paris Nord Villepinte alongside alongside Industrie, Smart Industries and Tolexpo.
The entire Midest team will be joining GL Events.

Tesla and Google favourite partners for driverless cars

13 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Tesla and Google named most investible brands in the driverless market

Results from the second quarter of a year-long research study reveal how investors view the performance of a range of different players in the autonomous vehicle (AV) market, providing for each firm, the % of investors who judge that company as ranking in the top 5 for having the most investible Autonomous Vehicle technology.

In the survey, conducted by international law firm Gowling WLG and economic research agency Explain the Market, Tesla (26%) topped the charts when it comes to investor confidence in AV manufacturers - closely followed by BMW (22%).