Sit-Ski: HVM Catapult Technology Demonstrator

Sit-Ski: HVM Catapult Technology Demonstrator

The NCC, in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and WMG centre of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult worked on a collaborative project to develop a technology demonstrator; the Sit-Ski, a device designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations to be used on mountain slopes.

The NCC Design team played a pivotal role in the development of the Sit-Ski; providing overall technical authority to the project as well as designing, fabricating, assembling and testing a significant proportion of the primary structural elements.One of the key successes from using a combination of experience with the right software products was the ability to carry out an entirely virtual assessment of performance and structural reliability before a single tool or component was manufactured. The whole process from concept to manufactured assembly took less than 3 months and would not have been possible without the help of the virtual design tools.

In 2018, the project won The Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate award for Manufacturing Technology.

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Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

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