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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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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?


Outsourcing design work – how to get more “bang” for your buck

Outsourcing design work

When it comes to outsourcing design work, we have found over the years that our clients often fall into one of two categories: i) small companies that are at the beginning of their product development journey and have little or no in-house expertise in the mechanical field or… ii) large companies who already have a

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How do you select the right manufacturing partner?

How do you select the right manufacturing partner?

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

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A new visual model for product development

Visual model for product development

When the mechanical design process is illustrated it is traditionally sketched out in the form of a block diagram or a process flow diagram. But is there a better way?


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