Earlier in the year, we welcomed Iain Gray as our new Chairman to help drive the company’s commitment to advancing high value design (HVD) in the UK. As Professor and Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University, Chairman of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, Non-Executive Director of Versarien plc and Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Iain brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board.
We also welcomed Davide Bianchi as our new Head of Advanced Simulation. Davide brings to the team 15 years of experience in structural engineering across the aerospace sector. Davide's specialist skills stem from working on international projects for industry primes such as Airbus and Jet Aviation Basel, which includes providing structural analysis support for the A400M in Bremen, A320 Sharklets and A350 wings in Filton.
CFMS designed the world's first 3D-printed Snowboard Bindings for double above the knee (DAK) amputees.
Former British Army solider, Darren Swift (Swifty), lost both his legs above the knee in a bomb explosion in Northern Ireland. Swifty successfully tested the 3D-printed snowboard bindings and now hopes to qualify for the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in China.
The new bindings are the first to be able to absorb shock and adjust to different user’s positions. It is hoped that the new bindings will encourage the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to create a new category for DAKs competitors.
We look forward to seeing more of Darren Swifts' journey!
Delivered the 10th Annual Airbus Distributed Partnership in Research and Technology (DiPaRT) event, which focused on 'innovating green aircraft optimisation for a sustainable future'.
The event commences this year featured a series of presentations by industry and research institution leaders, reflecting on the past and ensuring the relevance for the future of DiPaRT.
We also announced new partnerships. We joined forces with the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), a digital engineering impact centre at the University of Liverpool, to jointly deliver technologies that will accelerate high value products and services.
We also partnered with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI), led by the University of Bath. The initiative will help to produce the next generation of leaders and innovators in the field of AI.