Unlike traditional fabricators, laser profiling companies routinely offer turn-around times measured in days and not weeks. A few are now extending their services to include forming, the tapping of holes, the addition of inserts and even painting in some cases. These secondary operation services however seem to be something of a step into the unknown for many
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-
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?
When you have designed a bespoke component or assembly there are countless suppliers who could potentially produce it for you. Try typing “plastic injection moulders” or “precision machinists” in your browser search tool and see how many hits you get: literally millions! So, on what grounds do you make your selection? I’d suggest that the answer is definitely not
Back in 2014 we reported that that only 6% of the engineering workforce were females.
In celebration of the recent International Women in Engineering Day on the 23rd June 2021, it seems the perfect time to revisit the topic to review the current landscape.