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Matt Coughlin

Matt is an engineer and entrepreneur from California. He has worked for several large companies and as a consultant in manufacturing engineer and design engineering.

Amazing Design – Primitive Tools vs New Tech

When thinking about what makes an amazing design, a fun thought experiment is to compare the design of products to the natural evolution of different biological designs. One could argue that successful biological designs fall into three camps: first, simple designs that have existed for millions of years due to their robust nature (the turtle, …

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IGES vs STEP – The Definitive Guide

For most design engineers, the following scenario should look familiar: Bob, the lead designer for company X, needs to send a CAD model to Susan, the design engineer for company Y. Bob designed the part using Solidworks and Susan only works in Pro Engineer. Bob’s Solidworks file can’t be opened in Susan’s software, so the …

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What Is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a discipline that applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science to the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is an extremely broad discipline due to the need to design and manufacture everything from tiny parts and devices like nano-scale robots and inkjet printer nozzles to large systems like …

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Anodizing aluminium – process description & design guide

Anodizing is an electrolytic surface treatment most commonly used with aluminium components. It creates a hard, durable, corrosion-resistant, non-conductive, and often reflective oxide finish on the outside surface of the anodized part. It also makes the surface of the component easy to dye and paint due to the porous nature of the oxide layer. For …

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7 Reasons to Study Mechanical Engineering

Is mechanical engineering for me? This is the first question that I asked myself all those years ago. Now, as an engineer I’m often asked, “What made you decide to study mechanical engineering in the first place?” For many people it seems like a difficult topic, so they naturally wonder why anyone would sign up …

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5 Celebrities Who Would Be Excellent Mechanical Design Engineers 

Some celebrities are more than just supermodels or rock legends. There are plenty out there who are technically gifted and have quailties that would have made them excellent mechanical design engineers. EngineeringClicks reveals 5 celebrities who could have made great mechanical engineers if all that fame and fortune stuff hadn’t worked out. Brian May He …

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20 Great Reasons to Become a Mechanical Design Engineer

1. The pay is great. According to payscale.com, 7 of the top 10 starting salaries in the US are in engineering (with mechanical engineering coming it right at number ten). This means that, as a mechanical design engineer, you can expect to bring in a pretty hefty salary. 2. You will be consistently challenged. The …

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