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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?


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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The fundamental engineering principles behind timekeeping

The engineering principles of timekeeping

It’s probably true that most people in the developed world would once have owned a clock or a watch.  These household items that are now often taken for granted were once critical to the development of our industrialized nations.
But do you know the fundamental mechanical principles that are leveraged to power our everyday clocks and watches?


Is enough being done to increase the number of female engineers?

Is enough being done to increase the number of female engineers?

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.


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