We have started a Podcast! Our first guest is Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial College. We discuss biotribology, as related to the testing of food and hip joint failures. We discuss the advances in 3D printing and how Connor moved from Tribology into 3D printing. We discuss all Connors current projects and thoughts for the future.
The aim of this podcast is to discuss Tribology and related science, in a casual setting. If you think you would be a interesting guest and have a good story to tell – please get in touch.
Listen in through Spotify below. The podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts.
We have been busy preparing for the conferences this summer. By drafting some of our micropitting work for publication. This will be presented at STLE, Lubmat and TriboUK.
We have been busy working on a rapid micropitting test that correlates to the FZG micropitting test. Our new test takes less than 40 hours and correlates very well with the FZG test. There are more developments to come, which we are excited about.
We have also been busy designing and packaging our new freebies! These are a lego wind turbine and electric car. The wind turbine comes with a choice of colours for the flowers (pink, red or yellow), and the electric car comes with a minifigure!
A lot of our expertise is centred on the gearboxes in wind turbines and electric vehicles, so these seem like the perfect corporate freebie. We hope everyone enjoys them.
If you’d like one, just stop us at one of the conferences or get in touch.
STLE Annual Meeting and Exhibition
“Development of an Industrial Gearbox Relevant Micropitting Test”
Session: Gears I. 11:30 am on Tuesday 23rd May in room 103B.
Lubmat (Preston, UK)
“Development of a Rapid Micropitting Test for Industrial and Automotive Gearbox Lubricants
“Development of a Field Relevant Micropitting Test”
We also plan to attend the BioTribology conferences in September.
At the beginning of the first COVID lockdown in the UK – March 2020, we like many other people didn’t know what effect the lockdown would have on our business. But we did know and feel like we needed to help our local community.
This included the manufacture of protective face visors, using our 3D printers. These were first manufactured and distributed via a collaborative print farm, organised by Swansea University.
We then decided to manufacture and supply directly to our local community, following the Prusa face visor design. These were supplied via friends and the volunteers at the Carmarthen Round Table to those who need them.
The local council then got in touch and started ordering the face visors at 100 pcs a time, which were distributed around the town by the Council.
To make them more comfortable, we also enlisted the help of Daisychain fabrics to improve the headband for the wearer.
At around the same time we manufactured hand sanitiser and decanted into handheld bottles.
There were again supplied FOC to the local community via various channels.
We estimate about 50L of hand sanitiser was supplied – equivalent to 500 bottles.
We were contacted by some staff members from Glangwili hospital requesting help to manufacture small adaptor parts for the CPAP machine.
We were able to reverse engineer the parts and 3D printed some copied parts for trial.
Two of these adaptor parts are required per patient. At the time only two of these adaptor parts were available at the hospital, and one was on my desk! Highlighting the desperation of the situation.
We also liaised with a larger company to produce these parts on mass via injection moulding for the hospital. Thankfully the original parts eventually arrived through the normal distribution channels at the hospital and our emergency adaptor parts were never needed.
We also realised most of our colleagues, friends and clients were now working at home. So wanted to do something to brighten their days.
We placed a big order with Alfies coffee co, for a custom coffee roast dubbed “Stribeck roast”. We then offered the coffee on social media free to anyone who likes coffee and tribology.
These were then posted out all over the UK, Europe and the USA.
The response we received from this gesture was huge, with many people posting about the coffee on social media or getting in touch to say thanks.