A dibber with a difference


Dibbers used to be nothing more than pointy implements used by gardeners since Roman times to dig holes in the ground for planting bulbs or seeds. Now, however, a PhD student from the University of Bristol (UK) has designed and developed a dibber with a difference: a hand-held laminating tool for use in the layup of advanced composite components.

The tool was created by Helene Jones from the Department of Aerospace Engineering who has been exploring the existing design space in the manual layup of composite components as part of her PhD project. Helene is in the second year of her PhD in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science.

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