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Category: Mechanical Engineering

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

micromechanics device

On Micromechanics

In many ways the subject of micromechanics prompts more questions than it answers in a world where many see everything as black or white with

Crap Design: Household Appliances

As technology improves at an ever-faster rate, one might expect that the products we use in our everyday lives would be continuously improving. It certainly

hydraulics in space

Hydraulics In Space

Hydraulic systems are widely used in aircrafts to control actuation of landing gear, flaps, rudders and brakes. The reasons behind the usage of hydraulic system

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

tooling design

A Basic Guide to Tooling Design

The discipline of tooling design is fundamental to manufacturing. The cost of manufacturing and of the end product depends heavily upon tool design. Tool design affects

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

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

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

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

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

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