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On Engineering Calculations…

The difference between school and “real life” problem solving When we pass from high school to university we bring with us the idea that answers

Dyson Airblade

Crap Design: The Dyson Airblade

Welcome to a new regular EngineeringClicks section where we critique what we consider to be the worst examples of mechanical engineering, product design and industrial design on

The Historic Arrival of Juno

According to Greek mythology, the goddess Juno was the only one able to see through her husband Jupiter’s puffs of smoke and cloudy disguises. By

The Toaster

I wasn’t planning to write this article now, but a response to my earlier article “Can Design Be Taught at University” made me realise that

Company Spotlight : SpaceX

In the last few decades we have learned a great deal about space and vastly improved our exploration tools and skills thanks to NASA’s published efforts. But,

symmetry

How Accurate Is Symmetry?

In previous articles, we spoke about the undeniable use and help the notion of symmetry brings to a mechanical design. It is a powerful tool,

Basic Product Design Steps

Product design is the process of creating a new product from scratch. Typically, product design follows one of two processes: forward engineering or reverse engineering.

SpotMini From Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics recently broke the mould with its ATLAS robot but the company has just released a new funky, flexible and extremely well advanced model

CLIP 3D printing

What is CLIP 3D printing?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the facilities of The Technology House, one of four companies that are prototyping and testing the newest Carbon

calculations

What do calculations actually mean?

Engineers are supposed to do calculations. That’s what we do. We calculate everything from strength and mass flow, temperature rise and heat transfer, fuel consumption and

material selection

Material Selection Made Simple

One of the most common problems a design engineer faces when designing a product is how to select an appropriate material. Selecting a single material

Robotics Basics – an introduction

Robotics has revolutionised many industries by making possible operations which were unachievable by humans, functioning in extremely hostile conditions, and producing products faster and more

9 Tips for Designing an Injection Moulding

A correctly designed and implemented injection moulding is a very efficient and cost-effective piece of plastic manufacturing. They allow the creation of individual parts which are identical in

Tolerances: A Brief Introduction

What are dimensional tolerances? Why would a designer set a tolerance, and why would they choose a tighter or looser tolerance for a feature? Manufacturing Tolerances Dimensional

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