Denford Launches New F1 in Schools Deceleration System

Founding Partner Denford Limited, the world’s leading supplier of software, hardware and Race and Test Systems for the prestigious global education initiative, the Formula 1 in Schools STEM Challenge, has introduced an innovative deceleration system for the official F1 in Schools race track. The Denford Car Deceleration System has been developed following extensive research into the physics of dissipating energy, with the Denford design engineers creating a new piece of equipment to improve on the current system of towel buffers. The design process incorporated a review of industry standards used in the production lines of manufacturing plants for items such as drink cans, and these techniques were used as the blueprint for the new system. The new Denford product is a series of mounted brushes that is designed to slow the F1 in Schools car at the end of the race track without inflicting any damage on the often fragile protrusions of the model, especially the front wing and nose cone. Simon Moorhouse, Managing Director at Denford explains, “As the F1 in Schools challenge has grown exponentially and now runs in over 40 countries, we’ve been developing the hardware infrastructure to grow with it. The initiative has introduced new rules and regulations in recent years that have led to students designing more delicate and complex front wings and nose cones, and we noticed that the original deceleration system sometimes didn’t perform to our high standards. We surveyed the schools and teams, which led to Denford developing this new device. It’s been really well received in trials, so we’re now making it available to all schools and teams worldwide.” The lightweight, yet strong, aluminium structure sits neatly over each lane of the F1 in Schools track and features a series of angled brushes that catch the F1 in Schools car and stop it within a few centimetres. Priced at £575, the Denford Car Deceleration System can be purchased directly from Denford. Denford is the founder and sponsor of Engineering in Motion, the organisation behind the successful F1 in Schools programme, the fast growing Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Programme and the Jaguar Primary School Challenge. The company has a comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software used by schools for these engaging educational initiatives that enable students to put their classroom learning into practical, fun and exciting projects. CNC Routers, Milling machines, Lathes, 3D printers and laser cutters suitable for use in the education environment are supplied by Denford, as well as a number of bespoke items, including the F1 in Schools race tracks and new products such as the Car Deceleration System.

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New Up 3D Printer Website

Find the 3D Printer that’s right for you - whether it be for use in the home, in education, or in the workshop, the new UP 3D Printer Website has the ideal printer for you. Choose from the UP mini, the UP Plus 2 or the new UP BOX - all of which work straight out of the box and allow you to print your designs at the touch of a button! All these Printers are available to buy direct from the website, along with reels of ABS and PLA, consumables and spares. Become part of the UP community, connect with designers around the world, stay up-to-date with the latest innovations and share your own ideas, designs and photos. Make. Everyday. Extraordinary: with UP 3D Printers! Visit and check out the latest in 3D Printing!

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F1 in Schools Learning Channel

The F1 in Schools Learning Channel is a secure learning environment, where schools can run and monitor their own F1 in Schools Courses.  Achievement is tracked via the portal, with tutors being able to monitor the progress of individuals and groups. Launched in February 2016,  the innovative F1 in Schools Learning Channel is a dedicated video tutorials portal, which delivers a series of 22 films covering all the judging elements of the highly successful F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.  The video tutorials engage with students though their delivery style, with advice from past and present students who have successfully completed the challenge, offering an exciting way of encouraging students to become involved in F1 in Schools. Download the brochure by clicking here. Made with students FOR students – featuring hints and tips on how to become a Champion – the F1 in Schools Learning Channel is a definite Winner! Register for free access to the F1 in Schools Learning Channel by clicking here.

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New UP Mini 2 3D Printer

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new UP mini 2 desktop 3D printer: providing maximum performance at minimal cost! With a build volume of 120 x 120 x 120mm, the latest 3D Printer from Tiertime - the UP mini 2 - is reliable and easy-to-use, just like the first generation UP mini. In addition to a brand new, sleek design, the UP mini 2  has a host of new features related to usablity, connectivity and portability – providing unrivalled value for money! Key Features: Touch Screen Control – perform basic operations without a computer WiFi Connectivity – allows you to control and transfer your print jobs wirelessly Built-in HEPA Air Filtration – reducing air emissions during printing 0.15mm Minimum Layer Thickness – for high-accuracy 3D prints Aluminium Carrying Handle – for easy portability Priced at £465.00 (plus Deliver & VAT), the new UP mini 2 is available to order now! Contact our sales team on E: or T: 01484 728000 Download the brochure by clicking here

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NEW! Premium PLA material now available

The premium PLA material is now available for use with the UP! range of 3D Printers. Available in three colours: Hawaii Blue Pompeii Grey Rio Green Price: £19 per 700g spool (1.75mm dia filament) + Delivery and VAT PLA  - A 'green' alternative to ABS Polymer: Polylactic Acid (PLA) is made from fermented plant starch and is quickly becoming a popular biodegradable alternative to traditional petroleum-based polymers like ABS. PLA is harder than ABS, but is a more brittle.  That doesn't mean that it will break easily - it is actually very strong and more likely to snap than bend.  It also remains flexible for a short period of time as it cools.  Additionally, PLA doesn't warp and lift on larger objects the way ABS can.  Each type of polymer is better suited to different kinds of applications: ABS - Its strength, flexibility, machinability and higher temperature resistance often make it a preferred plastic for engineers, and industrial applications. PLA - The alternative colours and the glossy finish attract those who print for display or small household uses.  It is therefore a popular plastic for home printers, hobbyists, and schools. *Points to note when printing with PLA on the UP Plus 2 and UP! Mini 3D Printers: Use the latest version of the UP! Software (2.11) It is not necessary to pre-heat the bed The print quality should not be set to “Fast” The UP! Mini door should be left open when printing with PLA

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