Design guide for CNC Milling

CNC milling is the most common fabrication method for professional prototyping, scaling well into the low- to mid-volume levels and sometimes higher. As with any

FOR SALE: Mechanical Design Directory

After much deliberation we have decided to offer the Mechanical Design Directory for sale. The Directory has been running since 2011, and as much as we love it,

What is Control Engineering?

Control Engineering is a branch of engineering that artificially modifies a system to ensure a desired behavior. A system can be mechanical, fluid, chemical, financial

Lock Design Masterclass – Part 2

The first part of this lock design masterclass covered the basic principles of pin cylinder lock operation and how some forcible attacks can be mitigated. In part two

Hydraulic System Components: Part 2

As discussed in the previous article, the hydraulic power pack is the heart of a complete hydraulic system. It stores and supplies fluid from the reservoir,

Hydraulic Systems Components: Part 1

Hydraulic systems are everywhere in mechanical systems and made of a variety of standard components. With properly located and perfectly designed components, the hydraulic system

Crash Engineering – Safety Design

When buying a new car, most people think about design, performance, practicality and economy. Safety is rarely the first priority; with all the style and

Amazing Materials: Gold

“Eureka! Gold is found!” …though the expression “Eureka” is often attributed to Archimedes, it was likely not he who coined the phrase. The ancient legend says

Managing Automation Intelligence

As automation continues to enter into manufacturing plants, on both the operation and machining sides, it is important to understand how education will impact the

Materials Spotlight – Graphene

With the 21st century came a new goal: creating lighter materials with more advanced properties. The evolution started with new alloys, continued with polymers, and now

Boeing 747 Landing Gear Design

When it comes to aircraft, hydraulic systems are often the preferable choice when compared to electrical and mechanical systems. This is certainly the case with the Boeing 747

Additive or Subtractive Manufacturing?

Before prototyping or manufacturing a product, it is important to consider all the different manufacturing processes which are available, as well as the strengths and

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

Lock Design Masterclass – Part 1

As a field of mechanical engineering, lock design has its own unique challenges, including the fact that you are designing something in the full expectation that

Smart inspection systems

Smart Inspection Systems

In designing and manufacturing, the ability to measure your results is very important. Quick, accurate, and repeatable measurement is the goal of every quality system.

Engineering Disasters: Concorde Crash

On the morning of July 25th, 2000, there was an Air France Concorde crash moments after takeoff from near Paris based International Airport, Charles de Gaulle,

Avoid Engineering Burnout

If you’ve graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree you will know the feeling. You’ve just finished the hardest technical curriculum  you’ll ever undertake and you’re feeling

What Makes an Aircraft Fly?

Have you ever wondered how an enormous machine can effortlessly travel through the air? How does an aircraft fly? Despite appearances, they are not magical

Designer of the Future

The Designer of the Future

You are a talented designer living an independent life, go to concerts, parties, perhaps starting to make concrete plans for your life and then you

The Weird World of Quantum Mechanics

There is nothing weirder than Quantum mechanics, especially when it comes to quantum computing. Quantum physics has long helped advanced technology in our modern life, even

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