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Review of 2018 for Physical Digital®

With a new year ahead, we thought it was time for a bit of reflection over 2018 and what a busy year it has been!

Physical Digital’s team of hardworking engineers have certainly travelled some miles this year, as GOM 3D measurement service providers we have driven the length and breadth of the UK and have been lucky enough to travel to some international customers to deliver 3D measurement in Singapore and Japan! We have been to conferences, trade shows, awards events, delivered educational talks to multiple universities, launched a new website, achieved our ISO 9001:2015 certification, expanded our team, supported our technical partners and captured an obscene amount of surface data (our IT team love us!). That’s a lot of stuff!!

A busy year for Physical Digital as GOM 3D measurement service providers

Our 3D measurement, reverse engineering and quality inspection services were in high-demand throughout 2018.  But that didn’t stop us from supporting future Engineers! We were proud to be able to support two Formula Student university teams last year by providing 3D scanning and reverse engineering for their engines and various parts, helping the students in their quest to build a single seat race car for the IMECHE competition. We are delighted to be doing the same this year having already partnered with Portsmouth University Formula Student Team, UP Racing.

As recommended providers of 3D measurement using GOM metrology systems, we were employed to complete a vast number of scans for the automotive sector and lost count of the number of full vehicle benchmarks that we completed out on site, as well as at our facility in Guildford. We were also lucky enough to scan many clay model vehicle designs in the automotive design studios throughout 2018. It’s fantastic seeing something go from concept to production and being part of that process.

We also attended a number of trade shows, but one of the most memorable was the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge. This was a new show for us, and it was great to see young engineers so excited to learn about the innovative 3D scanning technology. There was a great buzz about the whole event, so we will look forward to attending that one again this year. Another stand out event was the new Siemens Digital University held at Silverstone. A great audience who were keen to understand how 3D scanning can benefit businesses by providing accurate, high-quality 3D data using industry-leading GOM measurement systems, which can help assist product design, refine production processes and improve product efficiency.

Always a highlight in our calendar is the BTCC season launch in April as it sees the start of an exciting summer of motor racing! Physical Digital have proudly supported triple Championship winners WSR during 2018 by providing our 3D scanning and reverse engineering services which helps the team complete vital analysis of their race cars and we look forward to working with them again throughout this year. 2018 also saw a new technical partnership evolve for Physical Digital.  We were commissioned by the talented Blades Racing Team to provide 3D scanning for their Edge 540 race plane, providing them with traceable, high-accuracy data enabling the team to complete vital analysis and simulate the plane in different scenarios using a CAE package. This will aid future development of the aircraft, improve aerodynamics and performance. 2019 will be another exciting year for The Blades, so once again we look forward to working together.

We also had the delight of being joined by Courtney, our summer intern, last year, who came to work alongside us to increase her knowledge of high-accuracy 3D scanning and its benefits. She was a great asset to the team during her short time with the company. Courtney was excited to share what she had learnt at Physical Digital with her peers from university, resulting in us  delivering another educational presentation to engineering students at Cambridge University on all things 3D measurement.

 

Working across many industrial sectors means that our services often cross-over into new arenas, enabling us to offer new and intuitive solutions to niche market areas. In 2018 our experience in the automotive sector crossed over into the world of art, when we were commissioned to scan a Lamborghini Countach for wire-frame artist Benedict Radcliffe. The results are simply stunning and really showcase how 3D measurement can help support a vast array of businesses to achieve the best results using our highly-accurate 3D data.

One of our biggest achievements of 2018 was being awarded our ISO 9001:2015 UKAS certification for Quality Management. Quality is at the very forefront of our business, without it we couldn’t offer the high-levels of service that we do. Whilst we have been certified to the ISO 9001:2008 QMS for the past 5 years, it was a long process of refining procedures and introducing new and improved business processes. We are very proud the hard work paid off and that we can continue to offer such an exceptional level of quality to our customers.

We rounded off the year with a little international trip to Japan and Singapore where two of our experienced engineers provided our 3D scanning services on site to one of our much-valued customers at one of their international plants. It is always great to travel and experience new cultures, whilst marvelling customers with the level of detailed data our GOM metrology systems can achieve. Let’s hope there will be lots more travel throughout 2019!

2018 has been a year of cars, turbine blades, automotive design studios, motorbikes, art, aeroplanes, satellites, industrial gas turbines, race tracks and more. We are very much looking forward to what 2019 has to offer our growing business!

Great Britain’s Murphy makes his mark on World Championship

At the Red Bull Air Race season finale in Fort Worth, USA on Sunday, British pilot Ben Murphy finished in the Final Four for the second stop in a row, clinching the best rookie-season performance of any graduate of the sport’s second competition category, the Challenger Class.

Fort Worth, USA – Murphy and his Blades Racing Team burst onto the World Championship scene with a stunning sixth place at February’s season opener in Abu Dhabi, ultimately accumulating a substantial 29 points across the eight races to finish seventh overall. The season finale at Texas Motor Speedway was a roller-coaster for the British team, seeing them recover from 12th place in Qualifying to their fourth position in the race, a mere 0.1 second between Ben and his fist podium position.

“It’s the fairytale ending of our first season. When I think back to that first race in Abu Dhabi, I don’t believe we could’ve thought that we could achieve this much in such a short space of time,” said Murphy, a former Team Leader of the RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows. “I’m ecstatic, not just for me, but for the whole team as well. It was a really difficult race, because we just couldn’t dial it in during Free Practice and Quali. And when I came to the Race Airport today, I didn’t expect to be in the Final Four. But what a way to go into 2019.”

For the second year in a row, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship came down to the final flight of the final race, and both times, the pilot under pressure was Martin Šonka (CZE). Last year, the Czech ace saw the title slip through his fingers. In Fort Worth, it was the USA’s Michael Goulian who came into the season finale with the overall lead, but after barely making it out of the opening round due to engine issues, he faced Šonka in the Round of 8. Two penalties for the American gave his Czech rival the advancement, and then the title was down to Šonka and Australia’s Matt Hall as they flew in the Final Four along with Murphy and American Kirby Chambliss. Hall topped Chambliss and Murphy with 53.100s before Šonka claimed the title with 52.796s.

When the race awards were handed out at Texas Motor Speedway, the cheers for third-place Chambliss, a Texas native, were as loud as those for race winner Šonka and second-place Hall. Then, when the World Championship trophy was presented, Šonka was sprayed with champagne by Hall and Goulian, in the biggest celebration of the season.

Team work achieves results!

The Team at Physical Digital® have been avidly following Ben Murphy and The Blades Racing Team’s “Rookie” journey during this Red Bull Air Race World Championship. We have been proud suppliers of 3D Measurement for this Edge 540 aircraft, flown throughout this Championship, which has allowed the team to conduct analysis using CFD and make design modifications using the reliable and traceable data, with the aim of improving overall performance.

The dedication and hardwork of this team has delivered fantastic results for them and we are so excited to see how they prepare for next year. We are sure Ben Murphy will continue to achieve great things for The Blades Racing Team. Well done and huge congratulations to them all!

Results Master Class Race, Fort Worth 2018: 1. Martin Šonka (CZE), 2. Matt Hall (AUS), 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 4. Ben Murphy (GBR), 5. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 6. Mika Brageot (FRA), 7. Juan Velarde (ESP), 8. Michael Goulian (USA), 9. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 10. François Le Vot (FRA), 11. Pete McLeod (CAN), 12. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 13. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 14. Cristian Bolton (CHI)

Final standings, 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship: 1. Martin Šonka (CZE) 80 points,  2. Matt Hall (AUS) 75 pts, 3. Michael Goulian (USA) 73 pts, 4. Mika Brageot 41 pts, 5. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 40 pts, 6. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 34 pts, 7. Ben Murphy (GBR) 29 pts, 8. Pete McLeod (CAN) 27 pts, 9. Juan Velarde (ESP) 24 pts, 10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 22 pts, 11. François Le Vot (FRA) 22 pts, 12. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 17 pts, 13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 16 pts, 14. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 12 pts

About Red Bull Air Race

Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has held more than 85 races around the globe. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 12G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.

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