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Micrometric will be exhibiting at SPARK! Engineering Festival
CELEBRATING LINCOLN’S ENGINEERING HERITAGE
May 5, 2017 – May 7, 2017
Lincoln’s most precious engineering masterpiece, Lincoln Cathedral, hosts a celebration of the city’s engineering heritage, with the theme of ‘Back to the Future’.
Bring your families and take part in have-a-go activities, meet today’s engineers and technologists, and find out about career and study opportunities with world leading organisations based in and around Lincoln. The event will showcase cutting-edge developments in maths, science and technology that are happening across the county right now.
- A faithful recreation of Doc Brown’s Delorean time machine from the Back To The Future films, owned by Lincoln-born Jason Bradbury (former presenter of The Gadget Show and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln);
- Project work on display from local Year 8 & 9 pupils in the Go4Set programme – including Eco Hotel, Stations for the Future, and The Eco Classroom;
- Contraptions, costumes and props from the Lincoln Steampunk Society – fusing the usability of modern technology with the design aesthetic and philosophy of the Victorian age;
- An evolved Mk2 version of the Scootsuit;
- The Monowheel Warhorse – Guinness World Record holder for the fastest monowheel motorcycle;
- A display from the F1 in Schools partnership between educators and industry (including Ferrari, Mercedes F1, and Red Bull) to help develop careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology;
- One of only a handful of surviving models of the Ruston-Hornsby car – produced by a Lincoln firm between 1919 and 1924;
- The ‘Venture’ steam engine, built in Lincoln in 1914 by William Foster & Co – who would two years later invent the tank which cut short the First World War.
And be sure to see the Engineering Timeline: a 50ft long display of the history of engineering, how it has impacted the world and how Lincoln has had a vital part in its heritage.
All of this in the glorious surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral, the city’s most precious engineering masterpiece.
See you there.
On Thursday 23 March, Neil Main (MD at Micrometric), will make a presentation at the Association of Industrial Lasers (AILU) Symposium at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham, on the laser welding of 316 stainless steel.
One of the most commonly welded Austenitic stainless steels is 316 grade (1.4401) and the low carbon grade 316L, which are routinely used in food machinery and surgical steel applications owing to the excellent corrosion resistance this material exhibits.
Historically, 316 stainless steel has been laser welded with excellent results and no cracking. Recent changes in the method of manufacture of 316 stainless steel destined for bar products have, while still keeping within the chemical composition limits of the 316 spec, made the machinability of 316 much better but worsened the weldability. The influence of the producer, chemistry and destined product form will be discussed and contrasted with plate product of the same material specification.
The Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS) takes place from 22-23 March at Belton Woods Hotel and covers a whole range of laser applications presentations from end-users. Held every 2 years, this is the 5th Symposium organised by the Association of Industrial Laser Users. From 2013-2015 Neil Main was President of AILU.
Physics students from the University of Lincoln recently visited the Micrometric headquarters to show how physics is put into practice in the wider world. Micrometric, based in Lincoln and with strong links to the local universities and colleges largely focuses on engineering, producing precision engineered components for companies requiring prototypes, or production runs of new designs. The University of Lincoln opened the School of Mathematics and Physics in 2014 to encourage students to build relationships with the industrial and commercial world allowing students to gain industrial experience as well as building contacts with potential employers.
Managing Director Neil Main, joined Micrometric Ltd in 1982, with a background in physics, he shares his experiences and knowledge first hand with aspiring engineers wanting to take a career path into engineering. Being on the External Advisory Board for the University as well he said: “We get involved in undergraduate and postgraduate projects where we offer advice, suggest projects or offer resources for students to use.” Neil guest lectures at the University in his spare time, as well as taking the role as the governor of Lincoln University College, a science and technology secondary school. Whilst Universities are pushed to ensure their students are in employment within the first year of graduating, it is tough competition for young people to find work. Micrometric is one of many companies that offer work experience to aid projects etc. which in turn could lead to a career in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, and many more.
He added that “more companies local or big should be encouraged to help and interact with others outside the business as much as possible.” They do this by being part of Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) “we know, through AILU, many people at most Universities doing things with lasers. Sometimes we help them or they help us.” Micrometric will be exhibiting at SPARK Engineering Festival on the 5-7th May 2017, Lincoln Cathedral. This event is aimed for everyone ranging from old, young to families who want learn Lincoln’s engineering heritage.
On the 22nd March Neil Main MD of Micrometric attended an AILU workshop on Additive Manufacturing. This brought together a range of speakers from industry and academia with a variety of perspectives on the state-of-the-additive-nation. Talks covered the whole topic of Additive Manufacturing, with machine makers detailing their latest offerings alongside materials suppliers showcasing advances in feedstock technology. The UK academic base was well represented and leading researchers offered an insight into their latest research. An overview of Japanese AM trends was offered by the keynote speaker; Prof Hideki Kyogoku of Kinki University.
Neil found the first three talks especially interesting and relevant for Micrometric as they were about using lasers for selective laser melting (SLM) of powders. This is a technology that Micrometric is developing capabilities in as it can be used for rapid prototyping or making parts where traditional manufacturing processes restrict the design of components. Additive manufacturing has been extensively used for aerospace and medical applications.
The workshop was rounded up with an especially interesting and inspirational talk by Richard Trimlett a heart surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital, about current and future uses of this technology. Additive manufacturing had been used for making very small equipment used in heart operations; particularly fascinating was a tiny “sewing machine” for applying sutures to tissue to sew a wound up when doing key-hole surgery.
If you have a wish to discuss any requirements you have for Additive Manufacturing or any other sub-contract manufacturing then do not hesitate to contact us.
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We look forward to working with you in 2016
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Micrometric will be exhibiting at Northern Manufacturing 2015 which takes place at Event City, Manchester from 30 September to 1 October 2015. You can find Micrometric on stand F52 and staff will be available to discuss your requirements for subcontract laser processing (cutting, welding, marking and drilling).
If you need some expert advice on production of intricate metallic parts, we would be only too happy to talk to you and show you samples of what we have already achieved – which might well be similar to what you are looking for.
We look forward to meeting you there.
Micrometric was very honoured by a visit from 93 year old Bomber Command veteran Frank Tolley, when he called in recently with a team from the BBC to film for a forthcoming documentary “The People Remember” which will be broadcast on BBC 1 this Remembrance Day – 11 November 2015.
Frank was a bomb aimer on a Lancaster Bomber with squadron 625 during WWII, and remains remarkably active and fit for a man in his 90’s. During the war the squadron was based at RAF Kelstern in Lincolnshire, and they took part in many bombing missions as well as dropping food parcels over Holland.
BBC journalist Debbie Williams interviewed Frank Tolley and Micrometric Internal Sales Engineer Andrew Parker about the part Micrometric is playing in commemorating our fallen heroes, who flew from airfields in Lincolnshire during the Second World War. Frank was thrilled to see the names of some of the 26,000 airmen that lost their lives while serving under Bomber Command being laser cut into sheet metal. The finished plates will be mounted on the surrounding walls of the Spire Memorial at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) located on Canwick Hill outside Lincoln. Recognising names of friends and potential relatives brought a tear to Frank’s eye as he remembered some of the individuals commemorated.
After leaving the RAF, Frank moved into engineering and described his visit to Micrometric “like coming home”, being fascinated by the range of high technology laser equipment in use at Micrometric.
Image: Frank Tolley with Andrew Parker of Micrometric
It was an honour for the staff at Micrometric to meet Frank and we hope he enjoyed his visit.
Amongst other world records and Olympic gold medals, UK cycle champion Sir Bradley Wiggins recently broke the Hour Record, going further in one hour than anyone else previously achieved. Cycling 54,526 metres in 60 minutes, Sir Bradley took the record from British cyclist Alex Dowsett by almost a mile at Lee Valley Velodrome in London on 7 June 2015.
To commemorate this occasion Lincoln businessman Gavin Sykes commissioned Micrometric to laser etch the number 54526 onto a pair of customised Bang & Olufsen (B & O) Beoplay H6 headphones. The headphones were customised by Rapha cycle clothing supplier and sponsor of Team Sky, and are designed to be worn by cyclists when travelling or in their warm up and recovery periods, during which many world class cyclists are accustomed to listening to music for motivation or distraction from pain.
The body of the headphones is made from lightweight colour-anodised aluminium which is a perfect application for laser engraving or etching since very fine detail can be produced and contrast is excellent. Removing the anodised material reveals the bright white aluminium surface and this technique is used in many industrial and commercial products where the laser marking is permanent, fast and easily automated.
Gavin Sykes presented the headphones to Sir Bradley Wiggins during the British National Road Cycling Championships which were held in Lincoln at the end of June 2015. Gavin had previously used Micrometric for laser etching so was aware of the capabilities available at Micrometric.
Sir Bradley was delighted with the headphones and is a big fan of B & O products, after receiving the gift, he invited Gavin to a 2 hour ride north of Lincoln culminating in an assent of the cobbled Michaelgate.