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Material Selection Made Simple

One of the most common problems a design engineer faces when designing a product is how to select an appropriate material. Selecting a single material

Crash Engineering – Safety Design

When buying a new car, most people think about design, performance, practicality and economy. Safety is rarely the first priority; with all the style and

Materials Spotlight – Graphene

With the 21st century came a new goal: creating lighter materials with more advanced properties. The evolution started with new alloys, continued with polymers, and now

Lock Design Masterclass – Part 1

As a field of mechanical engineering, lock design has its own unique challenges, including the fact that you are designing something in the full expectation that

Corrosion Protection of Springs

Where a spring operates in a corrosive environment some form of surface protection is required. Depending on the application, this can take a number of

Materials for Flat Strip Springs

As with wire, there is a wide range of strip materials available to the spring manufacturer. As many parts produced in strip are not primarily

Spring Wire Materials

Spring materials are chosen for their strength and are amongst the strongest materials used in industry. Springs are designed to work to far greater working

Electro-discharge machining (EDM)

Electro-discharge machining (EDM)

Electro-Discharge Machining (EDM) is machining with sparks. The work-piece is held in a jig submerged in a dielectric fluid such as kerosene. A power supply

mechanical design tips

Great Mechanical Engineering Tips

These mechanical engineering tips are generally available in textbooks …… this is just to brush up ….. Whilst working in industry for last 20 years, I

Tips on Injection Mold Tooling Design

Injection moulding is one of the most common manufacturing methods to produce thin-wall engineered parts. Development of moulds that produce high quality parts is a

laser beam machining

Laser Beam Machining (LBM)

Laser Beam Machining: A coherent beam of monochromatic light is focused on the workpiece causing material removal by vaporisation. Machines are generally CAD/CAM compatible, with

Ultrasonic machining (USM)

The tool, which is a negative of the workpiece, is vibrated at around 20KHz with and amplitude of between 0.013mm and 0.1mm in abrasive slurry

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