Posts by Tim Evans

Video 1 – Piano Strings, London Buses and the ‘Smart Strut’

This post is the first in a series of Jigsaw Structures video blogs. In this short video we describe the innovative engineering design features built into the lightweight Future Piano. The undisputed “star of the show” is our revolutionary lightweight strut with its remarkable load-bearing capabilities. Strength enough to deal with loads equivalent to 2 London buses! Click here to watch the video.
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Is it a bird, is it a plane…?

Is it a bird, is it a plane – no, it’s a lightweight grand piano! Chris and Tim have spent most of their careers underwriting the structural integrity of safety critical components, providing consultancy services to the likes of Airbus and Rolls-Royce. You might think that there is little or no connection between aircraft wings or aero-engine fan blades and grand pianos – but that is where you would be wrong. Structural engineers must constantly ask the same two questions: Is the structure strong enough? Is the structure stiff enough? And when the challenge of weight reduction is additionally posed,
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The Standing Grand – The future piano team seeks crowd funding

The Standing Grand will be light and compact enough to bring the fullness of a grand piano’s sound into modern spaces. With this crowd-fund money, the Future Piano team is aiming to significantly reduce the total piano weight by building a hybrid demonstrator, using a combination of traditional (metal and wood) and advanced materials (composites) for the optimum sound, cost and weight ratio. If we build this next piano, we’ll be a significant step closer to making acoustic grand pianos much more accessible. Help make our plans a reality and revolutionise pianos for the future! Please click here to visit
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Connect-R – Jigsaw wins funding for robotics project

Jigsaw Structures is proud and excited to be part of the Connect-R project funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) through UK Research and Innovation. This cutting-edge combination of robotic and AI technologies has the potential to transform big industry. Connect-R proposes to develop an industrial-scale, self-building, autonomous, modular robotic solution to provide robotic access to work-sites in these hazardous environments. The Connect-R team also includes Barrnon Ltd, Ross Robotics, Tharsus, the University of Edinburgh, the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Royal Holloway University of London. Click here to visit the innovations website page which features the Connect-R project.
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Jigsaw becomes a shareholder in Future Piano

Future Piano comprises Sarah Nicolls and Jigsaw Structures. Sarah, as a concert pianist with a global reputation, hopes to reinvigorate passion for the acoustic piano and through this redesign, to educate the world about what a piano can possibly be. Jigsaw specialises in innovative lightweight structural design and product integration. Future Piano has successfully completed a 6-month Design Foundations project, funded by Innovate UK, and we are ready to build our first lightweight prototype. Click here to visit the Innovations website page which features the Future Piano.
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