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Engineering Design Show – Innovation in another dimension

Don’t miss the eye-catching and stimulating projects designed to amaze and astound in the Innovation Zone. Some of these projects will be made using components and materials being exhibited by the suppliers at the Engineering Design Show, and all the tools are available for engineers in the UK.

Here is what you can see in the Innovation Zone, located on stand B2:

Lightweight supercar – the RP1

Hampshire-based Elemental will be displaying its lightweight track day car, the RP1. Weighing in at 540kg, it’s front and rear diffusers create 200kg of downforce at over 100mph.

The RP1 mixes cutting edge design and advanced materials including superior stiffness thanks to its carbon fibre tub with a feet-up driving position only usually seen in Formula One and other premiere motorsport categories.

Out of this world – AstroTube Max

Early stage space tech company, Oxford Space Systems’ AstroTube Max boom represents a new generation of space hardware. It has been designed to be as versatile as possible to suit a range of space and satellite mission needs such as to deploy communication antennas, scientific instruments and electric propulsion systems.

The AstroTube Max boom uses proprietary flexible composite. This novel means of actuation sits inside a nested stack of space-grade carbon fibre tubes.

Different digger design – JCB

JCB will lend the Coventry hall its innovative Hydradig, the first wheeled excavator designed for operating within inner city construction sites. It bridges the gap between full-size excavator and a mini-digger, giving a better visibility from the cab as the engine is housed underneath, rather than at the back to provide a counterbalance providing it with twice the lifting capacity.


This wearable, provided by Renfrew Group and Aseptika, has been designed to provide ‘expert’ pathways for use by patients, carers and healthcare teams to inform, manage and report the success of self-care plans so that patients can remain independent at home, taking the burden off hospitals.

Improved motorcycle fork end

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is showcasing a motorcycle fork end that has been additively manufactured from 7075-T6 aluminium and a titanium alloy. The design project was a continuation of a CASIM funded project between the MTC and GRM, an SME design consultancy that wanted to learn about design for additive manufacturing and how it can improve products.

Chris Rixson

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