Can it be done better?

Engineering and manufacturing in the UK has been on a proactive mission since the recession started. It has had more limelight and opportunity than it's had for decades to voice publically just what it does, and what it can do. Industry has shown great confidence and a spirit that many thought had been all but lost. And driving this has been the engineers that continue to add value and innovate.

Trade offs between cost and performance with additional aspects of design and aesthetics are a constant and continuing fine line that today's engineers must walk. Well designed components and structures very often utilise the inherent properties of a set of materials to complement its function and produce something that is more than the sum of the parts.

Material selection is increasingly moving to the heart of design. Getting it wrong early on will cause no end of headaches, redesigns and compromises later in the project. Yet innovation, and adding value, is not necessarily always about trying something new, but more a question of, can it be done better? And just because it couldn't be done better yesterday, doesn't mean it can't be today.

The Engineering Design Show being put on next month by Engineering Materials and Eureka's parent company Findlay Media, is a chance to ask the question, and find out just what some of the possibilities are. A number of the UK's biggest and best material companies will be present to showcase the latest innovations and developments. Experts will also be on hand to answer questions about how you can better utilise existing materials, and show you what the possibilities are for using new ones; from design through to production, and even end of life. See our preview of who and what will be there, and highlights of the workshop and conference programme on pages 12-13 for a full rundown of what you can expect.

We hope the Engineering Design Show will provide a platform for UK design engineers to generate ideas, find solutions and draw inspiration; all in one place and in a single visit. Come and explore the possibilities and discover how to continue to add value and innovation to your products and businesses.

Justin Cunningham

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