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    November 28, 2018

    Investment Casting vs. Die Casting: 7 Considerations When Choosing a Process

    Casting -- one of the oldest known manufacturing techniques -- is a process in which liquid material (e.g. molten metal) is poured into a mold cavity and hardened. After removing the piece from the mold, various finishing treatments can be applied to create a dazzling final product. This process is used primarily to manufacture complex solid...

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    October 24, 2018

    The Right Way to Hand Off Engineering Projects

    Handing engineering projects off to other team members is more than a task – it's a skill, and one that many people undervalue or lack entirely. When saying goodbye to a project, there are a few general guidelines you should follow to ensure a smooth exchange. Below we'll take a look at things to do and mistakes to avoid.

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    September 05, 2018

    Practical Ways Engineering Support Benefits Product Development

     When considering the value of engineering support as you go through the process of product development, there’s a great saying to keep in mind:

    Experience is a great teacher, especially someone else’s experience.

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    August 22, 2018

    7 TED Talks Engineers and Manufacturers Should Listen To

    TED Talks have been a driving force of inspiration, information and innovation since their inception in 2006. Born out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, the talks have become a global, viral sensation over the past decade. Below we've compiled seven of the best TED Talks to inspire engineers and manufacturers. How will...

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    July 12, 2018

    Tooling Design and Maintenance: How to Make Your Tool Last Longer

    Toolmaking is one of the most critical and expensive items on the manufacturing to-do list. And because your tool is the basis of your part or product, every decision you make about how your tool is made is, by default, a decision about the quality of your product.

    Anything that significant is worth understanding in detail, but how much do you...

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    June 28, 2018

    What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

    Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with...

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    June 19, 2018

    10 Engineering Lab Safety Tips with a Downloadable Checklist

    Setting up an engineering lab may feel like an enormous task, and it kind of is, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that safety should always be your top priority. So, protect your employees and keep your engineering lab running efficiently with these 10 engineering lab safety tips. 

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    June 05, 2018

    Top Engineering Websites and Apps for Engineers UPDATED!

    I’m often amazed by the technical ability and extreme level of detail that engineers possess. Maybe because those are two traits I wish I had! Being surrounded by engineers daily, I’ve come to learn they are part detective as well. They live in a never-ending world of continuous learning. That’s the part I really like.

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    May 17, 2018

    How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

    The product design and development process is a fascinating one, marrying creativity with the disciplines of math, science, engineering and marketing. Transforming an idea into a marketable product doesn’t just happen.

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    January 18, 2018

    How Engineering Support Can Affect Quality Control

    Here’s the scenario: You have a part that you’ve been making and selling but you’ve decided to put it out to quote. You send your drawings package and samples of the part to a contract manufacturer that has a reputation for providing quality engineering support. In reviewing the drawings, the project engineer picks up on a small but significant...

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