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neurotic mechanical engineer

Are mechanical engineers neurotic?

Do you lie awake at night sweating over mechanical designs, running calculations through your head, unable to turn off the invasive thoughts of Newtonian physics?

Crap Design: The USB

What is worse than a bad design? A crap design that stays around for fifteen years over a wide variety of updates, upgrades, and changes.

Robots Shaped Like Humans

Why Are Robots Shaped Like Humans?

Machine shapes based on the human form is an old idea, dating from Hephaestus in ancient Greek mythology and spanning through the civilizations and centuries.

Dzhanibekov Effect

Understanding the Dzhanibekov Effect

The Dzhanibekov Effect phenomenon, also known as the Tennis Racquet Theorem, is a result in standard mechanics which describes the movement of a rigid object

makerspaces in universities

Makerspaces in Universities

There is no doubt that entrepreneurship and innovation continues to prosper with new ventures and projects emerging on a regular basis. Most people would recognise

Going Back to the Classroom: Why?

Whether you’re intending to go back to university (or going back to the classroom as some would describe it) at some point in your professional

Enter the world of Microtomography

What is Microtomography?

Heterogeneous materials are gaining more popularity in use for manufacturing high-tech parts. This means that analyses and certifications need to be conducted and will therefore

space junk

The Threat of Space Junk

Since the 60s, the majority of satellites launched into space have successfully fulfilled their tasks with new technology improving the services which they offer. Unfortunately

Rapid Prototyping: Doing For Thinking

Lately, I was pleasantly surprised by one of the conferences I attended involving decision making and startup development: I was expecting the generic speech about

What are Wacker silicones?

Wacker Group is the leading light in the world of silicones with a history going back to 1903. Engineers across the globe will forever be

Rapid prototyping

Rapid Prototyping Basics

For those in the design world, the idea of rapid prototyping is not a new concept; prototypes of every new design must be produced to

Aircraft Design Process Overview

So, a company or an individual wants to begin the aircraft design process… Have you ever wondered where to start? Thankfully, there are a few key

DF(x)

Why is DF(x) so Important?

DF(x) is a term you will likely hear quite often as an engineer. In product development parlance it means “design for X”, where “X” can

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