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Well you can’t use that tool for that. One of the first days of college, our professor held up a screw driver. He asked, “What is this, and what it was used for?” Of course we all said that it was a screw driver and it was used for screws, to drive them or to take them out. He kept the picture up and just stood there. We sat there for a few seconds and then someone spoke up and said, a can opener, a pry bar, and then the ideas started to flow. We all started to throw out the things we have used a screw driver for. The final response was a weapon. My fellow students fell silent on that revelation. His point was to make sure that we thought about what we were going to design and what...
If you grew up in the 80’s you certainly remember the Power Wheels commercials aired between the Saturday morning cartoons. Pow Pow Power Wheels were the toys to have, and fortunately we had cool grandparents. We, meaning my 2 sisters and me. The picture below was taken in 1988. The Power Wheels Golden Eagle Jeep is 2 years old. Yes, those are the shorts I wore in 1988. Over the years our family grew, adding an additional 11 cousins/grandchildren. This is important information as the Power Wheels stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the bulk of it's life and was heavily used by all 14 of us. By 2013 the Jeep was more than worn and on its way to the great junk yard in the sky. Luckily I found out before the Power Wheels was put out to...
Merriam-Webster defines Fatigue as: the state of being very tired: Extreme weariness. the tendency of a material (such as metal) to break after being bent or moved many times The first definition makes sense for an animal or person. After a long day of hard work or play you might feel fatigued, tired, or weary. The second definition pertains to structural material such as steel and their ability to accommodate multiple loading cycles. This is the fatigue Engineers are concerned with. Engineers place high importance on fatigue and expend a great deal of energy defining, understanding, and testing a given design for fatigue. Let us step back a moment and look at the first definition again. ‘the state of being very tired’ How does a person become very tired? Usually by repetitious labor. This sounds a good deal like...
For years and years Microsoft Excel has been capable of pulling data from SQL databases. That’s nothing new. However, if you are not in the IT world or working with databases on a regular basis, your response to me telling you this would probably go something like, “Get away from me propeller head.” Quite honestly, I would have had the same response, regardless of the dual-prop hat I enjoy wearing so very much (I got it from Disneyland!) However, now is the time it would behoove you to listen to this Mouseketeer… because this can add tremendous value towards improving the way you track your work within your engineering group with real, tangible data to improve decision making. One of the early architects of the “Lean Manufacturing” concept, William E. Deming, built the bedrock of his work on one conceptually...
For the past month I have been using SOLIDWORKS on a YogaP40 Touch Screen computer. The main purpose of getting this laptop was for the WACOM tablet technology in the touch screen to allow me to draw and sketch on the screen in the new SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER tool. That experience has been fantastic and super fun to use. However, as often as I can, I am also trying to use the “classic” or desktop version of SOLIDWORKS with the touch screen. Did you know that SOLIDWORKS introduced touch controls in the software in 2010!?! At this point the touch controls are only giving you the ability to zoom/pan/rotate (pinch, two finger drag, etc), but after a very short amount of time with it it does become very easy to use. This along with the mouse gestures (or in this...