Dec 222015

Mike Stevens, a member of the Norfolk Central Panel, would like to inform  fellow panel members about a current offer on TurboCAD Deluxe 2D/3D.  He believes it really is a phenomenal piece of software and astonishing value at just £9.99.

Version 20 is 32-bit and 64-bit compatible – Mike reports it works well on Windows 10. The installation disk has excellent instructional videos as well and there are lots of resources and videos available on the web.  Note that V20 is not the latest version, that is either V21 or V2015 and much more expensive.  V20 was a fairly major update and people seem to like it (TurboCad has somewhat idiosyncratic version numbering).  V20 appears to export the STL file type used by many 3D printers.

It is available from Maplin at that price ( – but for store collection only.  Quite a few Maplin stores appear not to have stock (as of 22 Dec 2015) so best check before travelling.

Despite it’s name TurboCad Deluxe is actually the basic version but would seem to do everything most users would want (there are two much more expensive versions – for comparison see

Older versions of TurboCad  Deluxe are quite often heavily discounted so if you want a version but have missed this look around Amazon and the like, you will usually find a copy at not too high a price.  There is a trial version available at :-

Currently the following suppliers have it at around £10 –

The following free programs may also be useful :-

Onshape – free CAD (mechanical and electrical) from RS Components (RadioSpares as was).

Autodesk 123D and Autodesk123d Catch ( a free and simple to use package for creating 3-D meshes from user supplied digital imagery)

It would be useful if anyone who has used any of these programs could comment on them below.



Remap 50 Birthday Awards and AGM 5 July 2014

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Apr 162014

Posted by Paula

Remap 50th Birthday Awards and AGM Saturday 5 July  2014 

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

This year, to celebrate Remap’s 50th birthday, the format of the AGM will be slightly different.  The morning session will start with registration at 10.30 followed by a short talk by Sir Bert Massie.  Sir Bert has been a disability rights campaigner for 40 years. He was Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission from its inception in 2000 until 2007 prior to which he was the CEO of RADAR and a supporter of Remap since our early days.  Sir Bert is a wheelchair user having been disabled from the age of 3 months after contracting polio.

Professor Heinz Wolff, our president, will then present the awards and he will be joined by Derek Derenalagi, paralympian discus thrower and Remap client, who will present a special award and also give a short talk.

Lunch at 1pm will be followed by the AGM after which everyone can visit the unusual exhibits of the Wellcome Collection.

We would love to be able to exhibit pieces of equipment as we have done in the past.  If your panel has any suitable equipment, either current or from the past, please let us know – however, it might need to be transportable by train!

Please let us know asap who is coming to the Awards/AGM. Please send an email if possible to with the names of those attending and an email address for them. Parking for the disabled is limited and we need to provide names of those requiring this asap. Please also let us know of any dietary requirements.

The venue is asking for a list of names of those attending 14 days before the AGM which is much earlier than normal so we may not be able to accommodate late comers.


Retirement of CEO

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Jan 102014

(posted by Susan Iwanek)
This email is to let members know that, having been with Remap for 7 very enjoyable years, I intend to retire in mid-2014.

The trustees are seeking a replacement, and the recruitment process is being launched on Monday 13 January. The job will go online on Monday morning and appear in printed versions of Third Sector and the Guardian on the Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. If you would like to see the application pack you can download it at  If you know anyone you think might be interested in applying, please give them this link. The closing date for applications is February 10.

Hopefully the new person will be in place by the time of the AGM, which will give many of you a first opportunity to meet him or her. As you know, the AGM 2014 is to be held at the Wellcome Collection building on Euston Road in London on 5 July.  It is a very impressive building, with a modern and well-equipped auditorium, fascinating exhibition galleries, ground floor café and bookshop and a library. The galleries are medically oriented, this being a Wellcome building, and I’m sure members will find it an interesting change to have a place that is about the healthcare side of Remap’s work rather than focusing on the engineering interest. It really does present medicine in a fascinating way. They are undergoing refurbishment but this will be all complete by May next year. Wellcome are making a substantial reduction to the price of their facilities for us, cutting the room hire charge by almost 50%. Without this it would be beyond our price range.

The venue is ideally situated for those travelling from the north, being within walking distance of Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. The tube at Euston station itself has a direct connection to Victoria and Charing Cross. In addition, the nearest tube station to the Wellcome Collection, Euston Square, has a direct underground connection to Liverpool Street, Paddington and Victoria stations.

I believe this will make for a great event this year and hope that many of you are able to attend.

Dorchester member wins Christmas card competition

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Oct 032012

(posted by Susan Iwanek)

I am delighted to announce the winner of the Christmas card competition. He is Mike Symes of the Dorchester panel, who submitted design no 3 – the cartoon – which was drawn by his friend, architect Mike Raithby. Well done, Mike and Mike!  Design no 3 received the highest number of votes cast by members and will therefore be printed as the Remap Christmas card. The artwork is reproduced below to remind you what the card looks like. Following a sensible suggestion from a couple of you, the artist has kindly amended the caption to say, “Do you make …” rather than “Do you have …”.

Sending out a Remap Christmas card in your panel’s catchment area is an excellent way to keep the Remap name in people’s minds, raise your profile and attract more support and referrals in the coming year. You could send it to OT contacts, local referring groups such as disability charities, contacts at Rotary, Round Table and other business-based organisations, corporate supporters, selected clients and anyone else you want to stay aware of Remap and its great service.

The cards are A5 (half A4). The cost for a pack of 10 will be £2.50, which just covers production and distribution costs. Please let me know as soon as possible how many cards you would like to order.  You can order them for personal use or on behalf of your panel. Please bear in mind that this email is being sent to all members so you may need to liaise with panel colleagues before ordering for your panel. If you have recently changed your address, do let us know, as otherwise we will be using the addresses in our membership database.

Orders by email asap would be appreciated, to be followed by a cheque.


Entries for 2013 Awards now being accepted

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Aug 292012

Please start to think about your entries for the 2013 awards. Notes on how to enter and the entry slip are enclosed.


There are  five Remap awards and these are valued at £300, £250, £175, £150, and £125 respectively.

In addition entries will automatically be considered for the WOLFF award ( £150) for electronic projects, the INMAN award (£150) for work related projects, the CARPENTER award for a device which is simple but ingenious (£150) and the PARK HILL TRUST award (£500) for a project to improve the life of those over the age of 50.


The closing date is 21st December 2012.

Requests for Assistance – new scheme

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Mar 012012

In the past requests for assistance have been circulated by e-mail.  While this always generates good ideas it isn’t possible for others to see what has already been said or comment on the suggestions.  We have therefore introduced a new facility only on the “Requests for Assistance” page on this newsletter so comments can be made directly below the request for all to see.  The first time you use this to reply your message may take a few hours to appear, this is an unfortunate but necessary step to minimise problems with automated spam posting systems.  First time posters have to have their first post approved by a human (or at least by me).  Once you have had one message approved later submissions should appear very quickly.  At the moment photos and diagrams cannot be included in comments.  You also cannot post new problems directly to this page – please continue to e-mail them to Susan at the Central Office as usual.

In future e-mails from the centre will still be sent out for requests for assistance but with only a very brief description of the problem and a link to the newsletter.  If you have subscribed to e-mail notifications using the box on the bottom of the right hand column (which you are strongly recommended to do) you will be notified when a new subject is posted and also of any comments made by others.

Hopefully this new system will allow for more effective collaboration on difficult jobs as it will allow all to see other suggestions which have been made