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Design: Science or Art?

Let me start with an intriguing question: Is design a science or an art? When I first heard this question it bothered me a lot. I

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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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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