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Reaction Engines invested in by Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Rolls-Royce

After developing hybrid engine blending jet and rocket technology, Reaction Engines have now secured backing from Rolls-Royce and Boeing HorizonX Ventures, raising them £26.5m in the process. The two will join the BAE systems which invested in Reaction Engines for £20.6m back in 2015. As well as investing further, Reaction Engines will also be invested by Baillie Gifford Asset Management and Woodford Investment and will also be anticipating further investments from other financial institutions. This funding will be used to develop Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (also known as SABRE). SABRE is said to be capable of Mach 5 in air-breathing mode and Mach 25 for space flight in rocket mode. Through SABRE, an ultra-lightweight heat exchanger has been developed which has been des

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The Development of a Rapid Virtual Testing Technique

Recently, an alternative to physical testing has been investigated in the past few years to use a virtual qualification process. This particular process will include 3D X-Ray imaging to produce micro-accurate digital replicas of components. These will include and highlight any flaws through manually processing and virtually assessing each component to determine how will it performs. Despite the research into what could be an extremely beneficial tool, Virtual Testing is incredibly time-consuming due to manually adding each component, before the testing can even take place. This segment of the process could take many weeks to finish. New software tools have been researched by The Swansea-led project, which includes the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Nikon Metrology, Synopsys, Diamond Lig

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New 3D Bioprinting Technique: In-Air Microfludics

The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, also known as AAAS, recently released in a paper that their in-air microfluidics technique can enable the rapid production of micro building blocks. Microfluidic Chips, which hold small fluidic channels and used to manipulate drops of fluid, is said to help repair damaged tissue, however the chips alone cannot mass produce enough for clinical use. However, the AAAS have created a 3D bioprinting technique which could facilitate this idea and can offer a solution whereby the fluids are passed through the air as opposed to microchannels found in Microfluidic chips, hence producing a quicker technique. Using two jets of droplets, this technique shoots the microfluid up to 1000 times than the standard microchip technique. As a r

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The Development of the Vehicle-to-Grid system

We all know that electric cars reduce emissions of greenhouse cases when on the road, however did you know that they will also be able to supply energy which has been stored in the battery back to the grid when parked up? The vehicle-to-grid technology, also referred to as V2G, can aid the stability of electric networks and renewable energy sources by recharging when the demand is low but also returning any stored energy when the demand is high. Creating a cycle of renewable energy, this system is thought to support an increase use of the renewable energy resources. 21 new projects, sharing a £30m competition fund, are now underway in the UKs latest push to develop the technology further within vehicle-to-grid charging. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for

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PRESS RELEASE: Precision engineering at it’s best in Somerset & Devon

Across the rolling green hills of the Somerset Mendips and the beautiful region of Devon, lies a wave of high technology in the world of precision Engineering. Chard and Exeter based precision engineering company, UK Precision, has just purchased two of the most highly sought after and premier pieces of ‘kit’ to take precision engineering in the UK to new heights. “We have purchased two new Doosan DNM 650 Vertical Machining Centres, one of which has a ‘Kitagawa MR250R 4th axis Rotary Table’ says Andrew Warren, director of UK Precision.  “Both are identical apart from that. They have a table of 1300mm x 670mm, 12000 rpm spindle speed, through spindle high pressure coolant and a 30 tool magazine tool changer with ‘chip to chip’ time of 3.7 seconds.” He further explains.

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GKN Aerospace goes out on a wing with manufacturing facility

Located outside Bristol, the Western Approach facility will be used to manufacture and assemble carbon-fibre-reinforced wing components. The £170m facility currently employs 300 staff but this is expected to rise to 450 by 2016. Made up of two buildings with a total floor space of 30,000m2, the facility is already engaged in the manufacture of components for the Airbus A350 XWB and A400M. The first building — operating at between 10°C and 21°C ambient with 40–50 per cent humidity — contains the composites manufacturing operation where automated fibre placement (AFP) machinery supplied by M Torres is currently applying 7–10kg of material an hour to the A350’s rear wing spars. The steerable, automated tape-laying process can simultaneously apply 16 tows to the spar and improv

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Exeter site – closed due to adverse weather

Due to adverse weather conditions in Exeter, if you are trying to contact us please call on 01460 66430 rather than the Exeter number.  Thank you.

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The SidearmTM has won the Barclays One Small Step Initiative Competition!

If you follow our Blog, you will remember that UK Precision helped Frank Thorogood to help develop the SidearmTM - you can see the blog post here - which was then entered into the Barclays One Small Step Initiative. In July we got this back from Frank... Hello! Just to let you know we won our region of the Barclays One Small Step Initiative Competition, so thanks so much for your votes and canvassing! The £50k prize will make a massive difference to us, and we're going to start selling the product from the very beginning of August. Thanks again, Frank and Alice So as you can imagine, we are all very pleased for Frank, and would like to wish him the best of luck in the future!

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Press Release: South West precision engineering firm helps to bowl over competition in Barclays One Small Step Initiative

SidearmTM offers high quality batting practice, allowing one person to provide a batsman with quick, accurate, swinging and seaming deliveries with little effort. Replicating all the rhythms and trajectories of a real bowler, SidearmTM gives the most effective batting practice possible. World class cricketers Graham Gooch and Paul Grayson see the SidearmTM as "the most important improvement to batting practice in a generation". Pace, Bounce, swing and seam can easily be generated from the full length of the pitch and one person can throw to another for hours on end! A complex engineering process lies behind the success of SidearmTM and UK Precision was approached by Frank Thorogood to bring his ideas to life after prototypes from China failed to come up to scratch. Frank comments, "I

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UKP solves another one!!

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignright" width="135" caption="Part of the Thor Heyerdahl Sphere"][/caption] Here at UK Precision, we are regularly asked to solve complex engineering problems for our clients. In this instance, we were approached by Joshua, one of the Project Managers responsible for the design and installation of a huge sphere called the "Thor Heyerdahl Sphere". With our wide range of expertise and knowledge, we were able to support and assist in the development of the design to ensure that it could be manufactured and, as testified by our client below, we got it right first time under very difficlult crcumstances.. [caption id="attachment_65" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="More detailed section of the Sphere"][/caption] "Watching the structure fit togeth

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