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    1. Dana

      Dana Well-Known Member

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      "A designer knows he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
      -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

      TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)
      -Robert A. Heinlein
       
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    3. s.weinberg

      s.weinberg Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      Here's a good one from my current boss:

      "As engineers, we don't make stuff. We make the documentation used to make stuff."

      This is especially impactful because I work at a small company where we engineers assemble, modify, and test our stuff. For really simple things, we'll break out the basic tools and fabricate them ourselves.

      The point is that your design can be lovely, and elegant, effective and cost-effective. But if your drawings (for example) are no good, you're not doing your damn job. We're not going to be building production parts ourselves, so our final output is the documentation.
       
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    5. YOGINDER NAIDU

      YOGINDER NAIDU New Member

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      "DREAM WITH A DEAD LINE".
       
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      "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
      Thomas A. Edison
       
    7. dave.seeman

      dave.seeman New Member

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      Thanks guys, keep them coming!
       
    8. Ana

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      I guess, this one is the best
      Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.
       
    9. Nagaraj D

      Nagaraj D New Member

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      everything was not invented by god was invented by an engineer
       
    10. DScullion

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      As a strong advocate for Design For Manufacturing, I would have to say, the better the design, the less need there is for drawings. . . think mistake proof assembly.

      As for my favourite quote:

      "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" Henry Ford
       
    11. s.weinberg

      s.weinberg Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I like the Ford quote, but as to your first point, if you don't have drawings, how's anyone to know what your 'better' design is? You can't have mistake proof assembly without something to assemble.
       

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