1. Category Archives: Mechanical engineering

  2. Innovation in Today’s Youth

    How many ways can you make a hovercraft?  Particularly one that runs on batteries!   Recently I had the good fortune of helping at a science completion for students, and the ideas and cleverness from the young contestants was far more diverse than anyone could have predicted.  The Tech Challenge, held at The Tech Museum of…

  3. Design For Production

    Design for mass production is a 20th century phenomenon that only came about midcentury when mass production replaced artisans and craftsman. This set the stage for the field called Industrial Design which is design for mass production. Early examples of this were displayed in items such as rounded sculpted soda dispensers of the 50s. 20…

  4. Challenges In New Product Development

    Challenges in new product development are one reason to consider if the investment to convert your idea into a sellable product is worth it. They are usually not so daunting that they cannot be overcome. They range from initial development cost to complexity of testing and certification to overall production ramp up and distribution costs….

  5. Go Big or Go Home With Your New Product Design

    Everyone loves compact products.  Smaller is better.  It almost seems the thinking is that this communicates a higher degree of technological achievement, or greater versatility, or sophistication, but is it the best choice for many products?  Does this approach from the onset make for unrealistic marketing promises, cause cost over runs in development, limit features…

  6. Molding Tricks Every Engineer Should Know

    When it comes to product design, mechanical engineers will be called upon to maintain the cool look of a new product from the industrial designers, make all of the parts of the product work, and do so with the highest quality while remaining as inexpensive as possible.  The outer enclosure parts are often made of…

  7. Industrial Product Design and Development

    Industrial Product Design and Development is a turnkey discipline to help execute your new idea into a working, sellable product concept. It accounts for the function, user, market, mechanical and electrical engineering, manufacturing and cost. As you can see each area can be quite deep depending on the complexity of your product. As you can imagine,…

  8. Medical Product Design Tips

    Medical Product Design sounds like it’s a unique field requiring specialist to successfully navigate the product challenges. However, this is not the case. Medical Product Design is basically regular product design with especially sensitive users to certain aspects of the product. Things like robustness, flexibility and performance is much more important than things like cost…

  9. Creating Sheet Metal Assemblies that Stand Up to Manufacturing Tolerances

    Sheet metal assemblies are frequently seen when producing large scale products as it’s a very cost effective way to create big structures, as the processing equipment is well established and there is no need to create large expensive tools that would be needed making a plastic part. However because parts are made from an assembly…

  10. When Is It Worth Making Engineering Changes for Industrial Design?

    Being an engineer at an accomplished product design consultancy means a constant back and forth to achieve a new product’s function and the “look” of the product.  The look or design of the product will be its face on the world, and how customers meet and interact with the device.  It may even communicate the…

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