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Category: Mechanical Engineering

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

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

Lock Design Masterclass – Part 2

The first part of this lock design masterclass covered the basic principles of pin cylinder lock operation and how some forcible attacks can be mitigated. In part two

Hydraulic System Components: Part 2

As discussed in the previous article, the hydraulic power pack is the heart of a complete hydraulic system. It stores and supplies fluid from the reservoir,

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