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FEA: dangerous in the wrong hands

FEA

FEA (Finite Element Analysis) used to be considered to be something of a “black art” practiced only by specialists using (expensive) specialist tools. That’s no longer the case, as CAD tool vendors have since given designers easy access to FEA (and for that matter CFD too) by incorporating established CAE solvers into their CAD software. With pre-

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Pitfalls in quoting design projects (and how to avoid them)

quoting design projects

The internet is like an infinite universe when it comes to marketing out-reach.  Enquiries can (and do!) come from anyone and in relation to any type of product or technology.  As professional mechanical engineers we like to think we can apply our core skills to overcome most technical issues, but the challenge is achieving that within a satisfactory time & budget. The real issue is that of the “unknowns”.


Costing something that does not exist

costing to design

What prospective clients need to know before they engage is how much their product will cost to develop, how long it will take and how much it will cost to make.
But how do we determine this if the product does not exist?


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