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Video of the Day: Robot Head Massager

This is a robot head massager that attempts to instantly put you into a relaxed state so that you can sleep well and enjoy your life. If it can actually achieve this, it will be a gamechanger! The only thing left now is to try it, will you?

AutoCAD: What’s New for 2021

On March 25, 2020, Autodesk announced that they were launching AutoCAD 2021. This is the 35th iteration of their flagship software. There was no big event or press release for the new version, Autodesk announced on their blog and they made it available to download, along with the seven new tool sets that accompanied AutoCAD …

Top 5 AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD stands for Automatic Computer Aided Design, and that is representative of what this program is all about. It creates 2D and 3D drawings and models, providing a modern alternative to drawing with pencil and paper. It was developed by the company Autodesk in order to speed up the design process and develop a more …

Mechanical Engineering Games: Fun and Educational!

Mechanical Engineering Games are somewhat rate, however, there are plently of games that can be used by mechanical engineers as an alternative way to learn, and as a way to let off some steam in between projects, classes or anything else they may be working on. We have included the games that have engineering concepts …

Video of the Day: Fastest Tractor in the World!

This tractor, the turbocharged JCB Fastrac, has 1,000bhp and clocked a speed of nearly 136MPH! A cool feature is that they literally use ice to cool the engine. If you know someone who needs their farm done quickly, send them this video and see their reaction!

Fourier’s Law of Heat Conduction

Fourier’s Law states that the time it takes for heat to travel through a material is proportional to the temperature’s negative gradient, and to the cross-sectional area perpendicular to the gradient through which the heat is flowing. Fourier’s law is simply an alternative name for the law of heat conduction. Fourier’s law formula: qi = …

Best Engineering Jokes, Memes and Anecdotes. Funny to Engineers only!

You’ll have to be an engineer to laugh at these jokes! We’ve searched around and gathered some of the funnies mechanical engineering jokes and memes for you and perhaps our favourite anecdote of all time. Enjoy! When the general public thinks about mechanical engineers, I’m sure the first thing they think about is the humour …

Video of the Day: Sound Shirt for Deaf People

This amazing shirt allows deaf people to feel sounds, like a concert through touch. The lights can be seen following the music as it provides feedback to the person. An invention that will definitely make a lot of people happy, and give deaf people the feeling of music that they have been missing!

Dual-Mass Flywheel

What is a Dual-Mass Flywheel? A dual-mass flywheel (also known as DMFW or DMF), is a mechanical device that rotates and is used to generate continuous energy in systems where there is no continuous source of energy. Its operation is very similar to that of a regular flywheel, but it dampens any revolutions or torque …

Video of the Day: Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet

We’ve all been there, need to ride your bike, but don’t want to get helmet hair. Well Hövding has the answer, an airbag, for your head. It comes in a collar that attaches around your neck and inflates around your head in 0.01 seconds. That stylish, safe choice!

SWOOD – the woodworking design software for SolidWorks

What is SWOOD? SWOOD is a CAD/CAM woodworking furniture design software that is integrated with SolidWorks. The program was created by the company EFICAD, with the intention of making it easier to design woodworking projects by providing specialized tools. It provides a fully customizable and workable 3D environment and parametric capabilities, where the job can …

Video of the Day: Klemens Torggler Doors

Want the coolest doors in the world? Look no further, we have you covered! These Klemens Torggler doors move in and out of place with the slightest amount of pressure. These kinetic art objects can move sideways without the use of tracks. While looking amazing, they are also an ingenious space saving idea!

Solidworks Hole Wizard Tutorial

Holes are an extremely common feature in engineering and product design. From simple circular openings for cables or ports, to complex threaded types for screws and fasteners, holes are an almost unavoidable feature of many parts. Thankfully Solidworks has a great feature – the Hole Wizard – that makes adding and modifying the holes simple. …

AutoCAD vs. SolidWorks. What is the difference? Which is easier to learn?

AutoCAD vs SolidWorks – which is better? AutoCAD and SolidWorks both enable its users to design in both 2D and 3D, and perform as an extension of a designer’s mind. They are both tools that have enabled design process digitalisation for engineers and architects. For drafting, consider AutoCAD, for an extruded model choose SolidWorks. If …

Video of the Day: Want to climb a wall like SpiderMan? PVAC System

Students at the College of Engineering in Utah State University (or the Ascending Aggies as they like to be called) have developed the PVAC System. This lets you scale walls like any lizard and shows that college students actually do more than party all the time. Want to climb a wall like SpiderMan? This is …

Solar Powered System Extracts Drinking Water From Dry Air

The first generation of this system from a team at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), was developed three years ago as a proof of concept in order to validate that such a system could work. The device is aimed at extracting clean, drinkable water from the atmosphere, even in “dry” regions, using solar or any …

Video of the Day: Inflatable Scooter (Poimo)

Ever wish that you had a scooter in your backpack? Wish no more, the University of Tokyo have developed an inflatable scooter that riders can keep in their backpack. It even has a seat, so you can be relaxed on your way home, or your way out. Take a look at the future of convenient …

3D Printed Parts That Can Kill Bacteria

Researchers for the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, have created 3D printed parts that are resistant to common strains of bacteria. This has a vast amount of applications and can prevent the spread of infections and viruses in care homes and hospitals, potentially saving lives. This has been achieved by this …

How to Change Units in SolidWorks. Using Units and Dimensions in SolidWorks.

SolidWorks is an incredibly powerful CAD program that allows to create very detailed parts and assemblies but no matter how complex your model is it’s highly likely that it will use some kind of units system. American users are generally more likely to work in Imperial units (technically known as ‘United States customary units’) such …

Engineering Problems: 5 Hot Challenges for Future Engineers

There are a multitude of engineering problems currently in the world and they will have to be faced over the coming years, and for many years to come. These challenges are related to healthcare, energy sources, security and the environment among many more. However all of these issues have the common goal of improving humans’ …

Video of the Day: Non-Circular Planetary Gear

Have you ever seen something that looks like it shouldn’t move but it does? This non-circular planetary gear (in the form of a fidget spinner) is so satisfying to watch, you will be mesmerized! Thank us later!

Head Loss: What It Is and How to Calculate It

Head loss is potential energy converted into kinetic energy. Head loss is defined as the pressure loss due to viscous effects over a certain distance of pipe for an incompressible fluid, also including the additional losses accrued by fixtures etc. Head loss cannot be avoided in real fluids, and its importance is relative to the …

Video of the Day: Mercedes Drives Sidewards

Check out the new Mercedes VISION AVTR, which has an organic battery made from recyclable materials. Oh wait, it can also drive sidewards as well!! Even though it is just a concept car for now, this really makes you excited for the cars of the future!

Video of the Day: Indestructible Gloves

The Schmitz Mittz, are taking hand protection to another level. Designed to be practically indestructible, these gloves are made for those who rescue people that become trapped in cars and need the extra protection. As can be seen, it protects from cutting, hard impacts and fire, amazing!!

Your quick guide to Isentropic Process: Relations, Flow, Efficiency and Equations

Isentropic Process Isentropic process is defined as a thermodynamic process, where the gas or fluid has constant entropy (constant-entropy process). This means that the isentropic process is a specific type of adiabatic process, where there is no transfer of matter or heat. It is also a reversible adiabatic process. This means that change in Q …

Video of the Day: Water Powered Whirlpool Turbines

This particular turbine can provide power for up to 60 homes, 24 hours a day. The company that makes these turbines, Turbulent, might have come up with the solution to your electricity bill. See how having running water near to your home can result in free electricity for life!

SolidWorks System Requirements and Computer Recommendations

What are the minimum computer requirements for SolidWorks? A processor of 3.3Ghz or higher A 500Gb or larger Hard Drive Disk (HDD) At least 16Gb of RAM A quality Graphics Card by NVIDIA or AMD The latest operating system to future-proof your SolidWorks purchase Now, let’s look at each of these components in detail. Get …

Video of the Day: 3D Printing Human Skin

Functional human skin can now be 3D printed with an adapted printer that covers cuts and wounds with skin cells. 3D printed skin cells heal wounds three times faster than normal human skin, and while this is still not yet a reality, scientists are working on treating patients with the method by 2022! Also check …

Top 25 of the Worst Engineering Disasters: including most recent!

In this article we will look at the worst engineering disasters. We included the most recent engineering disasters, as well as the oldest on record that happened almost 400 years ago! Dams, bridges, walkways collapsing; molasses pouring down the streets, nuclear stations exploding, massive ships (other than Titanic!) sinking, tons of poisonous gas leaking – …

What is Garolite? Your guide to G10 Material – Its Properties & Applications

What is Garolite? Garolite is a composite material and brand name for G10 – FR4, which is developed by curing epoxy and fiberglass under high pressure to create a thermoset glass-epoxy laminate material. It is very stable over temperature, absorbs a low amount of moisture and possesses a good strength to weight ratio. It is …

Hydraulic Fluid Selection Guide

Hydraulic fluid is a versatile, multi-function necessity for machinery everywhere. You would be hard pressed to find a machine that doesn’t require hydraulic fluid to maintain performance and reduce component wear as hydraulic systems are hard on the parts within them. As a business that operates machinery, there is also the requirement to comply with …

Top 10 Aerospace Companies in the World

What Does an Aerospace Company Do? “Aerospace companies” are usually aerospace manufacturers, and they research, design, build, test, sell and maintain aircraft/aircraft parts, missiles, rockets and spacecraft/spacecraft parts. This can include but not limited to: space vehicles, aircraft engines and propulsion units. The aerospace industry is made up of military, industrial and commercial applications. It …

SolidWorks Price Guide: How much does it cost to buy SolidWorks

This article is a SolidWorks price guide for the United States. For British prices, please see SolidWorks prices in the UK section of this article. How much does it cost to buy SolidWorks? As an engineer interested in SolidWorks, the first question is usually ‘how much does it cost?’. Since the company does not publish its …

Famous Engineers: The 10 Who Changed The World

Naming just 10 of the countless engineers that have had enormous impacts on the world as we know it can be quite difficult. Over the last 100-200 years especially, there have been major advances in technology in all engineering disciplines. Think about it, from the car you drive to work, to the light bulbs and …

Why CNC Machining Beats Traditional Machining Every Time

The advent of computers brought the concept of numerical systems to reality for many industries. Manufacturing, in particular, has widely embraced the technology, with CNC machining now seen as the gold standard and offering many advantages over more traditional measures. CNC vs. Traditional Machining: the basics CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and such a …

How to create Renderings in Solidworks if your ‘Render Tools Tab’ is missing

Solidworks is an extremely powerful and popular CAD program that is used to create all sorts of 3D designs for manufacture. But sometimes you’d like to create a rendered image – or rendering – to show off your design. You might need renderings for marketing presentations, portfolios, or just to test your skills and luckily …

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do? Mechanical Design Engineering Career

Difference Between the Various Types of Engineering “Engineering” is defined as the type of technology and science that includes the design, creation and use of machines, engines and buildings/structures. It is also one of, if not the most lucrative STEM disciplines in the world. Engineering is a very broad term and it covers a vast …

Video of the Day: The Magic of Gyroscope

Check out these mesmerising gyroscope experiments: Gyroscope in space. It maintains its stability once it’s spinning. Omnidirectional drone gyroscope. 3D Printed gyro sphere. Gyroscope bike tire trick. Give this one a miss! We mean it! This video shows the classic gyroscope in action and explains it’s working principle:

McLaren Sheffield Technology Centre: Jobs and Graduate Scheme (COVID update)

While the original McLaren Technology Centre is based at the company’s head office in Woking, Surrey, we have seen recent expansion into Sheffield. Even though McLaren is heavily associated with F1, many people fail to realise that the group is a leading light in the world of cutting edge technology which includes composites. As a …

Top 10 Mechanical Engineering Courses and Degrees in the USA

There is a plethora of options when it comes to obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering in the United States of America. It is very important however, to attend an educational institution that will benefit the student most and result in them receiving the best education possible. Any successful mechanical engineer is sure to have …