While suspension bridges tend to grab the headlines there are actually seven basic types of bridges. These are beam, truss, cantilever, arch, suspension, cable stayed
If you talk to anybody involved in computer-aided design or engineering, they will probably be familiar with both AutoDesk’s AutoCAD and Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks design
Constant force springs differ from traditional helically-wound springs. They are made from pre-tensioned, high yield strips of metal (often stainless steel) as opposed to wire.
Most students don’t have a lot of money to splash around, and unfortunately, students are not eligible for a SolidWorks free trial, as that’s only
CNC fabrication involves the use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines to shape and resize a block of material (known as a workpiece) by automatically
When you finally made your choice between different CAD softwares, and settled on Solidworks, you need to consider which reseller you are going to choose.
These are exciting times to be involved in engineering. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0 – whichever you prefer) is in full swing.
What better time than the New Year to reflect on the ups and downs of the last twelve months? Hopefully, there are many achievements and
You may have thought about or discussed the question: Which invention has saved the most lives throughout human history? The field of medicine has many
Metal 3D printers have been around for over a decade but have been out of reach for most. With the introduction of the Markforged Metal
Poisson’s ratio is a value that defines the amount of contraction that occurs when something is stretched, or the amount of expansion when an object
Additive Manufacturing is gradually gaining inertia throughout the different branches of industry. However, one of the mains obstacles is the endurance and performance the parts
When the general public thinks about mechanical engineers, I’m sure the first thing they think about is the humour and storytelling they are renowned for.
Most engineering installations and equipment are subjected to (and designed to withstand) a variety of atmospheric conditions and over a wide range of temperature, pressure,
Surgical interventions are now relying more and more on 3D printing to gain a deeper insight into complex operations and devise surgical interventions. All the
Deciding on the ideal coating for your engineering application is always a very difficult task, you need to decide on chemical, process, mechanical and component
The Venturi Effect was discovered by Italian physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi who lived between 1746 and 1822. In practice there were a number of other
The act of measuring has become an important part of our everyday lives. The need to measure and standardise has developed into the science of
Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) refers to a reliability testing technique that aims to expose the weaknesses of a product. The main objective is to
In the study of electronics, many laws and theories exist. These laws enable us to understand the workings of electric circuits and components. One such
This week Tesla unveiled their highly anticipated cyberpunk inspired Cybertruck much to the amusement of the automobile industry experts. Elon Musk presented Cybertruck as a
Burnishing is the process of rubbing metal with a small hard tool, which can be either a ball type or roller type, to compact the
Solidworks releases a new version of their software every year without fail. And every year there is an impressive lineup of new and exciting features
The best way to describe electroforming is a metal forming process used to manufacture parts using electrolyte deposition onto a model. In the manufacturing industry
Thermoforming is a plastic manufacturing process where a thermoplastic sheet is deformed into a specific shape. The process starts with the heating of a flat
Shot peening (also known as shot blasting) is a surface conditioning process carried out after various manufacturing processes. In simple terms it increases/improves the surface
As the name suggests magnetic bearings use magnetic levitation to support the rotating shafts, without directly contacting them, thus there is no friction. As we
Parkerizing is a method used on ferrous metals such as wrought iron, cast iron, steel and alloy steel, offering added protection from corrosion. This process
Electropolishing is a material removal process using an electrically powered chemical process called electrolysis. In this process the amount of material being removed is very
Out of all the materials available on the earth, only a few satisfy the design and regularity requirements for use in surgical instruments. In this
In simple terms, the melting point of steel for example, is the temperature when it starts to change from a solid state to a liquid.
Taps are cutting tools used by machinists to cut or form screw threads. The first recorded use of taps in metalworking is placed sometime in
Although aircrafts have evolved a lot since the WWI, the major components of an aircraft have remained same. The location, size and type of the
Hydraulic pumps are omnipresent and used in applications ranging from mud pumping (drilling site) to movement of the antenna in space stations. They convert the
There are many different types of bridges although typically their structures can be traced back to one of the seven main types. It is the
To be a successful and well-informed engineer, it’s not enough to just have an engineering degree anymore. You need to be constantly aware of new
Metal additive manufacturing (AM) has been steadily gaining traction in the manufacturing industry. At present, there is a big focus on advanced aerospace, medical and
Iron is one of the most alloyed elements on earth. It combines with various elements to form numerous materials. These materials all have different desirable
It is safe to say that the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is a marvel of modern day bridge engineering. It is 164.8 km (more than 100
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