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The engineer’s guide to 3D printing

Steven Parham takes looks at 3D printing.  This process has literally been a game changer for thousands of engineers and other professions over the past decade, thanks to the possibilities that the technology has brought to the fore. Something that would have been considered fanciful or downright impossible up until a few years ago is not only a reality, but an affordable proposition.  Steven takes a look at what is involved, how some of these processes work, and how to go about making your own 3D prints. Introduction In the last 10 years, 3D printing has finally come of age. The technology has become both widespread and a cost effective...

BIM: What you need to know

Steven Parham takes looks at BIM: Building Information Modelling. To a vast number of engineers, the subject is somewhat polarising. Some have embraced the changes that this legislation will eventually bring to civil engineering projects and the wider world, whereas others dread the impact that this legal requirement for large scale civil projects is having. So, what is BIM, why has it been implemented, and what will this mean for current and future building projects?   Introduction The date is the 31st May 2011. The Cabinet Office publishes one of the most far reaching documents in the history of construction in the United Kingdom. The reason? To modernise the construction...