Videos from 2018 Science Festival talk from Tim Minshall

Many thanks to all of you who came along to the talks today at IfM for the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.  A pdf of the slides and some of the videos used are given below.  And as a special easter bonus, click here to learn how Cadbury Creme Eggs are made!

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Videos from 2017 Cambridge Science Festival talk at IfM

Thanks so much to all those who turned up to the talks at the Institute for Manufacturing this weekend, and special thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers from the audience who did such great job helping out.  As promised, here are links to some of the things we covered in the talk:

Building the Boeing 737 in nine days

Unloading a container ship – timelapse

‘Magic arms’ 3D printed for Emma

Wiivv – an example of personalised production

Local Motors’ 3D printed car

Voodoo manufacturing: 3D printing factory in a city centre

SpaceX – rocket launch .. and booster return to earth (amazing)

FieldReady – manufacturing in disaster zones


Videos from 19th March Science Festival talk on “Manufacturing Your Future”

Many thanks to all those who came along today’s events at the Institute for Manufacturing. As promised, here are the links to all the videos shown, plus some we didn’t have time to show. If you’d like to discuss one of us coming along to give a talk at your school, please email

Carbon3D superfast 3D printing

Emma and her 3D printed ‘Magic Arms’

Local Motors 3D printed car

MakerBot and the ‘Robohand’

Building a skyscraper in 30 days

Subtractive process: CNC milling of aluminium

Additive process: 3D printing

Forming: making a car door

Rolls-Royce: blade-off test

Roma Agrawal: structural engineer at WSP

Tim Peake plays water ping-pong in space .. plus bubbles in bubbles!

Making a smartphone

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX failed landing

SpaceX successful landing 

Cambridge University Eco Racing

Building an Airbus A380 in 7 minutes


Videos and links from visit to Swaffham Bulbeck CofE Primary School

I was lucky enough to be asked to give an assembly at the wonderful Swaffham Bulbeck CofE Primary School today, on the topic of ‘Engineers are Amazing’. Here are some of the video clips used (or I planned to use) during my talk:

Tim Peake plays ‘water ping pong’ in the International Space Station

Building an Airbus A380 in 7 minutes

The ‘Strati’ 3D printed car

How 3D printing works

‘Robohand’ by MakerBot

Great set of videos on what engineers do

Dr Emma Carter from Sheffield University has made a great set of videos on engineering:

With funding from the Engineering Professors’ Council, I’ve made some films to share the genius of Engineering featuring engineering researchers, lecturers, students and apprentices on film talking about their particular area of engineering and explaining some of the science behind it. The films are aimed at children aged around 9 – 13 but adults may learn something too 🙂

The whole collection can be viewed by clicking this link.

Biomechanical Engineering from Emma Carter on Vimeo.

Engineers don't just fix things: They make things better. They make the future.

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