All Features

Welcome to a collection of features from around the world on the themes of engineering and design.Click on the link beside each feature to read more.You can sort through the feature items according to the category as specified in the column on the left hand side of the page.


Solar Sailing

In whichever way this may develop, ‘solar sailing’ looks like it will be an important part of our future in space, says Colin Ledsome CEng FIED

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Broad engineering skills needed NOW!

STEM Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and STEM-related careers. As part of our celebration of the Year of Engineering, we focus on one dedicated, long-serving Ambassador, Graham Jeffery CEng FIED

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Sign of the Times

Once, the structural design of a gantry might have taken several days. Now that has been cut to a matter of hours, with real-term capital continuing to fall

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Closing the Gap Between Designing and Making

Andrew Watts FICE FIED FIET FRSA RIBA, CEO of international building engineers Newtecnic, discusses the construction industry’s move towards robotics and mass-customisation that brings designers and makers together for positive disruption within and beyond the industry

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It’s go, go Cy-Go!

Could a new city bike, which has been designed by an IED award-winning 21-year-old and aimed at reducing the risk of health problems associated with inadequately fitted cycle frames, be the wheel deal?

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Time for transformative thinking

In what has been designated the ‘Year of Engineering’, the Royal Academy of Engineering is calling for culture change to improve inclusion for all engineers

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Inside the IED

It’s a question that many members of the IED may ask themselves from time to time: “What does the Institution do for me?” A great deal it turns out, as CEO Libby Meyrick reveals

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Designing on racing success

Those who understand motorsport know it is a highly collaborative sport that takes place mainly away from the circuit. Without underestimating the massive contribution of the driver/rider on the day, it’s the design engineer that initiates the win

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Daft as a Brush

Brushes – we all use them every day, but don’t think about them much. Here, Colin Ledsome CEng FIED helps us brush up with some intriguing insights

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BOOK REVIEW “Napier’s glory days”

The name Napier has virtually disappeared from the general consciousness. G J Jeffery CEng FIMechE FIED reviews a book that revisits its glorious past

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