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Capture and Disseminate Engineering Best Practices

Innovation and best practices can be sown throughout an organization – but only when they fall on fertile ground- Marcus Buckigham But, fertile ground is hard to find in a customer-driven market. With cutthroat competition to keep up with and a volatile market, innovation is hard to come by and repetition is a way of […]

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In Safe Hands

Product Safety: In pursuit of achieving a part with new and better functionality at an optimized price, a lot of consideration is invested into a design. But often times, the consideration does not include ‘safety’. Even when it does include ‘safety’ considerations, the end users of the final product are usually preferred over the ones […]

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Integral Guidelines for Easy 3D Printing

Why 3D Printing? Additive manufacturing, often known as 3D printing is a process which is used to manufacture parts by the way of binding material layer by layer. Unlike subtractive manufacturing this technology is based on adding material layer by layer. Widely used across variegated industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, consumer products, medical and the […]

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Plastic Material Selection – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Part 1 Understanding Plastic Materials David Wright in his book “Failure of Plastics and Rubber Products” divides the failures of plastic into categories and percentages as illustrated in Figure 1. Figure 1 –  Human Causes of Plastics Failures [1] As we see, almost half of the failures is contributed by poor understanding and selection of […]

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DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURIBITY: GETTING MORE WITH LESS

The conceptualization of every product plays an integral role in its manufacturing. Before its eminence dawned on the industry, manufacturing was fundamentally driven by ‘if it’s designed, then it’s machined’. What followed next was often dreaded by both designers and manufacturers-a difficult (often failed) attempt to manufacture a product to meet unrealistic design expectations which […]

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Get your Electro-Mechanical Design Right

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere- Lee Iacocca In a world strewn with air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, medical equipment mobile phones, cameras, hybrid cars and other paraphernalia, mechanical parts with Printed circuit boards (PCBs) form a major part of the consumer market. Given this, […]

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Ribs and Undercuts

Case in point The line of Liberty Ships from the era of World War II have often made up for an interesting case study for ship builders worldwide. As history has it, it took the loss of both stock and life to put design into perspective. An immediate inspection surmised cold cracking and hydrogen induced […]

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