MDF Newsletter: 18th April 2010 Forum Makeover I've been doing a spot of redecorating here this weekend I hope you all like the changes I've made. Please tell us what you think here and do please let me know if you have any problems or find any bugs. Below is a summary of the makeover: 1) New, more cheerful forum logo that doesn't take up half the page! 2) New toolbar in the header - you'll never get lost in the forum again! The toolbar gives instant access to "hot topics", "what's new?" (I.E. New postings), and a few other things including hotlinks to our LinkedIn group, Twitter and Blogger. 3) The entire forum has been widened slightly. Wider images can now be posted (max 700px wide) 4) A new favicon - a nice friendly "M" for "Mechaical Design Forum" (the little icon that appears in your browser bar). This has replaced original wacky, incomprehensible one. 5) Forum rules now written. Please read them! 6) An "About" page (accessible from the toolbar). 7) I've tidied up the header and got rid of some useless tools/links that nobody would ever use. New Forum Rules This is the other big change this week. As mentioned above, new forum rules have been written. Most of it is pretty obvious, but please read it anyway. I would like to draw your attention to the "Sensitive information / confidentiality" section. and also the "Self-promotion policy", particularly if you are a manufacturer/supplier. Hot Topics Here are a few things that have been going on in the Mechanical Design Forum recently. I hope that you find them of interest and would invite you to join in the discussions where possible: The Trouble with Tribles (recruitment agencies) Discssion of recruitment consultants. Some heated discussion going on here: a real rant thread! Please add your experiences <lights blue touch paper and stands well back> :? iPad Internals Thanks to Pete for this one - a great find. Some great info on the internals of the iPad with photos! A great read if you like to pull things apart to see how they go together! Sony Playstation 3 Mechanics / Thermal management - PICS! Have a good look inside a Sony Playstation. Check out those heat-pipes! Leasing AutoCAD Anyone ever done this? Design of compression spring Help needed! Design of spur gear Help needed here too! Forum ranking structure explained! One day you could become an ELITE MEMBER here! Hydraulic calculation Calculation for torque and speed of a hydraulic pump please! This problem is driving me nuts! Any ideas?! ...in the process of building a camper van using a Mercedes Sprinter as a rolling chassis and coupling it with the body of an old 1960's Morris FG (Ex ambulance). A truely unique one-off custom build.... Consulting This is a new thread in a new specially created part of the forum "The Business Forum". Can anyone offer advice on starting a consultancy? How did you get your started? This is a great place to give and receive advice and support.