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Pictures taken at talk on 3D printing

The bare printer Printer with printed gear Printed Gear pair Printed shapes Printed shoes Meccano model

The programme for earlier years can be found here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

December 7th Solar Power
Since the discovery in 1940 by Bell Telephone Labs that absorption of light by a silicon diode generated electrical power, the nascent technology lay undeveloped until the appearance and growth of satellite launches in the 1960's. Whilst this provided the impetus for the development of solar cells suitable for space deployment, the technology was unsuitable for low cost terrestrial use. The talk charted the major factors which have led to the global, cumulative installation of over 233GW of peak photovoltaic generating capacity and for the International Energy Agency to state in 2015 that 'The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear'.
Dr George Scott
November 2nd Steam power in miniature
A talk on the use of live steam in toys, the steam powered toys and Meccano models of steam engines and power plants of various types. It included some examples of small scale steam power built by model engineers and also some full-size traction engines at work. There was a small display of steam powered toys.
Frank Paine
October 5th Dr Livingstone, I presume?
The engaging human interest story behind the famous meeting in 1871 between the two African explorers Dr David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley - how their meeting proved to be literally the journalistic scoop of the century, and how Stanley's words became the most famous greeting in history.
Fran Sandham
September 7th Crossrail
Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project and, when operational in 2018, will be London's newest railway. Stretching through 40 stations and over 118km from east to west, it links the south east of England's commuter belt with the UK's main airport, Heathrow, and the business zones of the West End, the City and Canary Wharf. It is being delivered on a truly epic scale, including 21km of twin bore tunnels and nine new stations under Europe's largest city and will one day move over 200 million people a year around the city. Now nearly 70% through construction and still on time and on budget, Crossrail has decommissioned its 8 tunnel boring machines and is now focusing on the massive task of turning the huge, new underground spaces into an operating railway. With the first of the new trains destined to start running in May 2017, Crossrail has redefined how major projects are delivered in the UK; it truly is more than just a railway.
Patrick Griffin
Patrick has worked for Crossrail since 2007. Prior to this he spent 10 years as Council Officer at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Patrick's current role is Freedom of Information Officer which requires him to respond formally to requests from members of the public seeking information on a wide range of subjects.
August 3rd The history of Brooklands #
Allan will take the audience through the history of Brooklands, as a motor racing circuit and test-bed and as a pre- and post-war home to several aviation companies; also a major influence on the development of the surrounding area. He will describe some of the technological achievements in both motor racing and aviation that have occurred at Brooklands since the track opened in 1907. He will then focus on the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Racetrack Revival Project, which will tell the story of the design, development and manufacture of some 18,600 aeroplanes which had their first flights from Brooklands over the 80 years from 1908 to 1988 - more than from any other site in Europe.
The project will also see new archive stores and training workshops, a new hangar for the Museum's active aircraft, and the restoration of ¼ mile of the Finishing Straight of the original Brooklands circuit. Throughout there is an emphasis on hands-on activities, allowing visitors (including a planned doubling of education visits to 25,000pa) to see and try out the skills of aeroplane manufacture for themselves.
Allan Winn
Allan has been the Director at Brooklands Museum since 2003. His task as Director & CEO is the development of the Museum and its commercial viability, working closely with Mercedes-Benz and other neighbours, and with local schools, colleges and universities in promoting the importance of the STEM subjects and careers in engineering and manufacturing.
July 6th Cream tea with Passports, assassins, traitors and spies
Martin gave us a dramatic account of how the actions of a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations; how the unmasking of the spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport itself turned into a killer.
Martin Lloyd
Martin is an experienced and popular speaker. He travels throughout the country giving talks to all kinds of groups and associations and is very much in demand
June 1st Some experiences of a Journalist
From local radio reporter to national television news.... from council meetings in Leicester to Baghdad, Kabul and New York immediately after 9/11....from manual typewriters to Facebook and Twitter....30 years in broadcast journalism.
Julian started as a reporter at BBC Radio Leicester in 1985. A brief stint as a regional TV reporter/presenter in 1988/89 was followed by two years back at Radio Leicester as the station's news editor.
Julian Worricker
Julian joined Radio Five Live In 1994 when it was launched and worked there for 13 years. During that time he presented 'Breakfast', 'Drivetime', and 'Worricker on Sunday', winning three Sony Radio Gold Awards during his time there.
May 4th AGM followed by The Highway Code and Tales from the Motorway.
The Highway Code and how it came about and all of the various editions. Also notable points where motoring legislation or events occurred. The talk also included tales, some funny, some sad, from Philip's time as a traffic officer with Hampshire Constabulary.
Philip Jacob
Philip joined the constabulary in Aug 1973, moving to "traffic" in June 1979. He retired in Nov 2003
April 6th Dowsing #
Michael introduced us to a brief history of dowsing and its major applications. Everyone had an opportunity to dowse. During his talk he attempted to show how our thoughts can travel between people and objects.
Click here for a note from Mike.
Michael Haxeltine
March 2nd Wildlife on Your Doorstep
The talk started with various bird pictures taken on a Surrey farm, then a trip to Central Wales for some Welsh specialities. Yorkshire comes next and then on to seabird colonies on the Farne Islands and Bass Rock. This tour then took us to Scotland then some local Surrey pictures, including another local rich in wildlife. Finally pictures taken while camping in the New Forest showed us some of the wildlife around.
Geoff Lunn
February 3rd Communications - a two-edged sword #
Breakthroughs in human communications technology, such as printing, have had far reaching economic, political and intellectual effects. The invention of the transistor & solid state technology, has facilitated perhaps the most complex and far reaching changes in history, bringing great benefits but also creating risks of a magnitude understood by few of us.
Patrick Laylor
January 6th Sea Life around the British Isles
The oceans around the UK are teeming with colourful and often surprising sea life. This talk explored what goes on beneath the waves and the amazing creatures that can be found living around our coasts.
Jenny Hickman