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materials database

Material Database – Top 10 Engineering Materials Resources on the Web

A material database is a great way to store material data according to their type, physical characteristics, mechanical properties, and standard classifications. This makes material databases a great tool for any engineer, and with the rise of the internet, these have become accessible by everyone from everywhere –  another powerful tool in the engineer’s arsenal that …

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IP ratings explained

IP Ratings – A Guide to IEC 60529 / EN 60529 Ingress Protection Ratings

Any mechanical design engineer who designs enclosures MUST have a firm grasp of IP ratings. IP stands for “Ingress Protection” and is a standard protection marking for casings and enclosures of electrical and electronic products. It helps to classify them according to their degree of protection against solids and liquids. The standard IP ratings were …

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Top 5 CAD forums

Top 5 CAD Forums on the Web

CAD, or Computer-Aided Design systems have come a long way since they first became popular sometime in the 1970s. Initially, they were used to obtain electronic copies of manual drafts. Gradually, they evolved into a tool for generating bills of materials and performing interference checking. Today, they incorporate highly sophisticated features involving engineering calculations and …

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lift equation

Lift Equation – fully explained and simplified for beginners

It has been observed that most aircraft accidents occur during the take-off or landing phase of the flight. Lift is a major part of takeoff. Before getting technical and diving right into the, let’s understand what lift is in simple terms. This will make it easier to grasp the concepts involved in the equation itself. …

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drill size chart

Drill size chart – inch and metric | Downloadable PDF

Every drill size chart you’ll ever need is in this article! No more scratching your head wondering which gauge relates to which size or how to convert inches to mm or vice versa. This is your one-stop-shop for all drill bit size conversions and tables. But, there’s more to this article than just charts. You …

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Top 5 Engineering Forums

Engineering forums are amazingly helpful to engineers. Engineering is a very complex practice. Not only does it encompass an immense range of fields or specialisations, but it requires the application of many different disciplines like science, mathematics, and economics. Basically, all practical and technical knowledge can be capitalised by engineering. It involves the invention, innovation, …

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