Accidental Miracles

Most inventions are the product of months or even years of research and hard work. However throughout history there have also been a number of instances in which some of the greatest inventions ever made were discovered by accident, showcasing that sometimes genius is not always planned, and can in fact be the result of… Continue Reading …

Inventor Profile: Harry Brearley

Harry Brearley – You may not know the name, but you’re certain to have heard of his invention. Like so many important and creative engineers and inventors, often the creation is better remembered than the creator. Here at Airedale Springs we’re always seeking to laud the greatest minds in engineering and invention. So when we… Continue Reading …

UK Space Industry Soaring

The UK Space Agency recently released its biennial report on The Size and Health of the UK Space Industry (PDF), revealing strong continued growth in the sector. Many people do not realise it, but the UK’s space industry currently employs 34,000 people, supports a further 65,000 jobs in other sectors such as manufacturing and engineering,… Continue Reading …

The Bombe Machine Voted a Favourite recipient of the Engineering Heritage Award

According to a recent report from the BBC, the bombe machine has been voted the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ favourite recipient of the Engineering Heritage Award. This award was established back in 1984 with the intention of increasing public awareness of great feats of engineering. This year’s award ceremony was designed to mark the 30th… Continue Reading …

The Wonderful World of Robotics

Most people probably think of robotics as a very modern area of engineering. However, it has a surprisingly long history, going all the way back to the year 400 BC! Less surprisingly, this feat was achieved by one of the great philosopher-scientists of the Ancient Greeks, a man called Archytas who was a good friend… Continue Reading …