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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 – …

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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 …

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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 …

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Top 10 Aerospace Companies in the World

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Top 10 Mechanical Engineering Courses and Degrees in the USA

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 …

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Density of Milk and the Trick Question About the Weight of a Gallon of Milk

Density is the amount of sustance in a unit, per volume of substance. Below you can see the density equiation and the table with Milk Density values, inluding those for whole, semi-skimmed, and skimmed milk, depending on temperature.   What makes the question of density per unit of weight tricky, is the fact density changes …

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Video of the Day: Walkalong Glider – Controllable Slope Soaring in action

A walkalong glider is a flying model aircraft made of paper, foam or a similarly light, low density material that is designed to be kept aloft by controllable slope soaring. The pilot generates the rising air by walking along with the glider as it flies with a paddle, often just simple piece of paper. In …

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Video of the Day: Massive 2000°C flame vs. Aerogel infused blanket

Aerogel-infused fiberglass blanket is able to withstand severe 2,000 Celcius heat generated by a flamethrower. Silica aerogel has a sponge-like structure with tiny passages just tens of nanometres wide. The heat struggles to pass through this material due to its complicated nano structure. At the end of the filming of this video, the flamethrower actually …

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Video of the Day: Millennium Bridge Disaster

Sometimes engineers underestimate the power of resonance and positive feedback phenomena, when a small disturbance is exacerbrated through the feedback loop, resulting in a disaster.A great example of this phenomena is the infamous Millennium Bridge, nicknamed it the “Wobbly Bridge”. Due to the structure of the bridge, with the cable supports at the side rather …

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How to fix the SolidWorks error – “The Sketch is open, self-intersecting or intersects the centreline”

We’ve all been there – you’re modelling away happily but when you try to create a Revolved Base/Base feature SolidWorks throws up that dreaded error: “The Sketch is open, self-intersecting or intersects the centreline”: This a very common problem and one that can be extremely frustrating but luckily it is usually fairly easy to troubleshoot …

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Video of the Day: Spontaneous synchronisation

Spontaneous synchronisation Check out this fascinating video of numerous metronomes set off at random times at random frequencies. Slowly but surely the clicks begin to merge, motions come closer and then eventually spontaneous synchronisation is there before your very eyes. This only works on raised floors, where the group with the greater combined metronome direction …

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Top AutoDesk Software in 2020: AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit

Top AutoDesk Software in 2020: AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit

AutoCAD The CAD in AutoCAD stands for Computer Aided Design, and this program is exactly that, a computer aided design and drafting application. AutoCAD was created by Autodesk, a company that “builds software that helps people imagine, design, and make a better world.” AutoCAD is known as the one of the most widely used tools …

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Top 10 Mechanical Engineering University Courses in the UK

There are so many different elements to mechanical engineering that it is difficult to know where to start. There are modules available in structural materials, thermodynamics, electromechanicals, solid mechanics, thermofluids and the ever popular area of intelligent robotics. In a perfect world a general grounding in mechanical engineering and then a particular focus on one …

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SolidWorks PDM – What it does, How to Use it, and How much it costs

What is SolidWorks PDM? What does it do? SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering program that is used for prototyping, planning, visual ideation, feasibility design and project management. It is then used for the design and building of electrical, mechanical and software elements, and the creation of assemblies, drawings and parts. …

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The Differences Between Metal vs. Plastic 3D Printing

3D printing has been widely adopted for rapid prototyping as well as for low-volume, end-use parts. The term “3D printing” is synonymous with additive manufacturing, and reveals how parts are made: by growing them out of base material in the shape of a 3D model. In other words, a 3D printer will use a small …

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Cambridge: Top Mechanical Design Consultancies

GW Mechanical GW Mechanical consultancy was established only in 2019, but undoubtedly is one of the best in Cambridge. Its founder, Gareth Weeks, a mechanical design engineer with over 25 years of experience in telecoms, biotech, and consumer products, is well known in the professional technology circles as the go-to man. We spoke to some …

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What types of materials can be coated in Parylene and how to avoid costly mistakes

The most popular question about Parylene: “Can my xxx be Parylene coated?”  The number of substrate surfaces that can be coated with parylene is plenty. In the table below a number of industrial applications that use Parylene conformal coatings are listed. The examples can be extended. Examples of devices that make use of Parylene conformal …

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Revolutionary New Metal 3D Printing Technology (Selective LED-based Melting)

Metal 3D printing can also be known as DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), and DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) is an additive layer technology. A metal 3D printer uses a laser beam to melt 20-60 micron layers of metal powder on top of one another. This powdered metal is spread out over the entire build …

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Troubleshooting Tips for SolidWorks Electrical 3D

SolidWorks Electrical 3D is a useful add-in that bridges electrical design with mechanical design. It provides additional tools and functions specifically for electro-mechanical projects. This helps designers to plan routing locations and paths in a 3D space. A major benefit of using SolidWorks Electrical 3D is that it provides the ability to accurately determine wiring, …

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3D Printing Software overview

Effectively implementing 3D printing in a production environment requires software tools for design, simulation, pre-processing, distribution, manufacturing, inspection, and quality. Printer manufacturers (OEMs) provide software with their printers, but it often does not include all the functionality necessary for industrial scale additive manufacturing (AM). This post covers the different categories of 3D printing software, how …

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Scientists have demonstrated a prototype nuclear battery that relies on a fundamentally different mechanism to produce energy: Radioactivity

Nuclear Micro Batteries run for decades

Scientists have demonstrated a prototype nuclear battery that relies on a fundamentally different mechanism to produce energy: Radioactivity. In a typical setup, a copper cantilever hangs freely over a radioactive sample. The cantilever is quite small – only about 40 micrometers thick and 4 millimeters long. The nuclear sample spontaneously decays emitting negatively charged beta …

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Online courses mechanical engineering students can take right now

Fundamentals of Rocket Science, with Falcon 9 You will understand the working of Rocket engines, how different stages separate, how orbit transfers and maneuvers work. You will learn about the Falcon 9 rocket in detail. Along with the rocket, you will have a strong grasp of various systems and innovations pioneered by Spacex. You will …

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