How Strong Are Welds?

POSTED BY , Manufacturing Processes

A common concern of engineers when designing parts intended to be welded together (weldments) is how strong the welded joints will be. Performing computer simulation (FEA) on beams or other structural entities is relatively straightforward, however, it can be more difficult to get reliable simulation results on welded joints due to the many variables (weld […]

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Design For Manufacturability (DFM)

POSTED BY , Manufacturing, Product Design

What is design for manufacturing and why should you care? DFM is a design process where manufacturability considerations are taken into account as the product is being developed, as opposed to after it’s already developed. This may surprise many people, but all too often products are designed without a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing process […]

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Product Photography vs. Photorealistic 3D Product Rendering

POSTED BY , Marketing

Product photography and photorealistic 3d product renderings get right to the heart of selling a product (or even just an idea, in some situations): people want to see what it is they are buying before opening that wallet and sliding out the credit card. And the better the product looks in the image, the more […]

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Laser Cutting for Product Development

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As its name implies, this manufacturing process is a cutting technology. There are many fabrication methods to cut materials, and laser cutting is one of the most commonly used. There are no tooling costs, and unit costs are typically relatively low. Many materials can be cut with a laser: wood, paper/card, marble, textiles, rubber, ceramics, […]

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Daily Priorities

POSTED BY , Productivity

In his excellent program “Lead The Field”, personal development guru Early Nightingale tells a story of a business consultant who gave a company a simple productivity tool that enabled them to dramatically increase the companies profitability and effectiveness. As the story goes, it was this tool that eventually turned the then small steel mill into […]

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Foredom: The Greatest Tool In The World

POSTED BY , Product Design

We recently purchased a Foredom (http://www.foredom.net) and it is the greatest tool in the world. For anyone involved with product development, prototyping, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering, having a tool like this (essentially a really fancy dremel tool) is a huge asset. It can be used for anything from fine detail modifications on prototype to drilling […]

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Yes, Your Baby Is Ugly

POSTED BY , Product Design

All you inventors out there: this is for you. There might be a chance that your baby is kind of possibly slightly ugly. Just a little. At times. In the right light. When an inventor has an idea for a new product, he or she holds onto that idea as if it’s his baby. Let […]

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Awesome Slide Chart

POSTED BY , Manufacturing, Tools

This engineering slide chart is a must-have tool for any mechanical designer. We’ve been using a smaller version for years and it has been an incredibly useful tool, unfortunately it was only in inches. One of our designers recently found this one that has metric values, as well. It also has about a dozen other […]

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