Category: Mechanical Engineering

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.

What is a Good Mechanical Design?

When it comes to judging a good mechanical design, there is a fine line between resonating with the artistic aspect and assessing the practical one.

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

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