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Now Recruiting: Senior Design Engineer

ITERATE is a dynamic product design consultancy based in Chepstow. We are focussed on developing innovative products from an initial concept right through to production, and work with a diverse client base that includes start-up companies to well established organisations. We are unique within the industry as we enable our clients to be ‘First-to-Market’ using a proven development process that allows new products to be conceived within a rapid time-frame, and have a track record of developing technology, healthcare and industrial products. Due to the company securing an exciting long term Welsh Government contract, a position has arisen for a full-time permanent Senior Design Engineer. Read more

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Can Open Innovation Shape the Future of the Welsh Economy?

The term ‘innovation’ gets thrown around constantly in modern day business; meaning different things to different people. However, in recent years, the term ‘Open Innovation’ has become more apparent; especially in the world of product development. Developed by Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000s, the concept highlights the worth of using outside sources of innovation to improve one’s own product or service; a theory that many 21st century businesses are now exploring. Utilising the help of people outside your own internal network can boast various benefits; a way to actively incorporate the wider community into your innovation management strategy.

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How We Are Accelerating Time-to-Market using 3D Printed Mould Tools

As Product Designers, we use 3D printing nearly every day to check fits, validate geometry and to experiment with mechanisms. The gap between 3D printing being a prototyping tool and a fully-fledged production method is closing. Regardless of these advancements there is always going to be a place for ‘traditional’ production methods such as injection moulding. The constraints involved with injection moulding are evident to anyone who has attempted to bring a product to market. Mould tools can cost in the thousands and take weeks if not months to be put into operation.

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We Hope You Have An Electric Christmas!

To celebrate a fantastic year (and for a bit of Christmas fun), we decided to demonstrate the benefits of conductive ink and how this could be integrated with 3D printed polymers. Conductive ink can be used to remove the need for wires in electronic assemblies, which can help reduce weight; cost of production; and reduce assembly time. Our simple Christmas tree illustrates how power from a 3V battery can be connected to a series of LEDs to achieve a consistent and reliable connection. Read more

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How 3D Printing is Disrupting Dentistry

3D printing is bringing a smile to many Dentists’ due to its high accuracy, reliability, reduction of turnaround time and the improvement of services. Stereolithography (SLA) printing uses an optical system to cure resin, accurate to a tolerance of ± 35 microns. The printer converts a digital 3D model into paths that a laser will then trace layer by layer into a resin bath. The laser cures the resin, converting the digital model into a physical object within a few hours. Read more

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ITERATE Welcomes Myles Bates

This month, we are thrilled to welcome Myles Bates to the team. Myles joins ITERATE Design + Innovation after completing a Masters degree in Engineering Design at Bath University and spending a period of time working with Orsus Medical; the developers of a real-time non-invasive blood glucose monitor. As part of his postgraduate research, Myles explored how TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) could be applied to improve the precision and accuracy of such glucose monitoring technology. Read more

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Industry 4.0 and its Implications on the Design Process

Industry 4.0 is the term that represents the next stage of automated manufacturing that includes cloud computing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advancements in other digital technologies. These developments have led to what is being called ‘Smart Factories’; factories in which all the machines, devices and sensors are able to communicate, share information and make simple decisions autonomously. This next phase of manufacturing will allow the process to become more reliable, more flexible, will reduce labour costs and improve productivity.

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ITERATE TO BENEFIT FROM £1M 3D PRINTING PROJECT

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded an InnovateUK grant in order to develop an advanced 3D printing technology. The collaborative research project between the University of Warwick; Printed Electronics Ltd; and C Enterprise (UK) Ltd, makers of the CEL Robox, will focus on combining deposition of polymer based materials with electrically conductive inks; potentially replacing the need for wires to be used in electro-mechanical product assemblies.  Read more

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Office Move Represents Milestone in Company Growth

We are pleased to announce that we have recently relocated our South Wales Design Studio to Riverside Court in Chepstow. After spending 3 years on the bank of the River Wye in the centre of Chepstow, the decision was made to move to a larger office space in order to accommodate our long term expansion plans. After securing a number of exciting design projects and actively recruiting new team members – the move represents a milestone in our company growth. Read more

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Why You Should Consider The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is designed to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance by offering tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies. It complements the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which offers tax reliefs to investors in higher-risk small companies. SEIS is intended to recognise the particular difficulties which very early stage companies face in attracting investment, by offering tax relief at a higher rate. Read more