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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Day in the Life of a Design Engineer

You would be wrong if you believed the role of a design engineer can be likened to that conveyed throughout Oscar Wilde’s play.

Written as a satire about Victorian society’s values of honesty and sincerity, the comedy centres on the repercussions of impersonation. I can say, without any shadow of doubt, that an engineer’s role is nothing like........... <continued>

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Johnson & Johnson launches two new devices in EMEA.
11 highlights of PTC Creo 11.
How Will Generative AI in Search Change SEO?
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Value Engineering: A price worth paying?

As with any buying process nowadays, whether that be consumer or business-to-business, everyone is assessing the value of what they are purchasing and deciding whether a price is worth paying.

In mechanical design engineering, as part of the product development cycle, there is a practice that is strategically implemented to improve the value of a product.

Value engineering (or value analysis) is a.......... <continued>

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Why CAD and CAE go hand in hand

Have you ever thought why a number of things get grouped together in pairs, such as pen and paper, cats and dogs, or song and dance, for example? In the world of engineering, things aren't really so different. You may be relieved to hear that I don’t have any songs for you but instead want to talk about another partnership that is considered to be an important part of the manufacturing cycle.

Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software tools both provide mechanical engineering benefits.............. <continued>

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Once upon a time: The story of product development?

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the process of product development can be likened to telling a story? There is certainly something to be said that, as with story telling, each idea has a beginning, middle, and end.

Of course, the theme might be considered too fantastic or boring, or even worse, journeys into the realms of horror or comedy. But nonetheless, beyond any doubt, if a component or product could talk, it would.............. <continued>

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Why we keep different CAD software

As a design engineering business, we make no secret that we utilise and maintain three leading CAD systems.

Although there are a number of other choices out there as well, we made a strategic decision some time ago to specifically focus on Creo, Solidworks, and Inventor, as they seemed to be the ones our clients were, and still are, using for design and development in '3D'............... <continued>

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J&J to acquire Shockwave Medical for $13.1B.
CAD vendors must go all in on AI.

The top 20 pharma companies by 2023 revenue. ..........<continued>

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How to grow an idea

As we head into spring and start the annual process of tidying and making plans for our gardens for the coming year, it has led me to draw parallels between the growing process of a plant and that of a new business idea or invention.

Both take an awful lot of work, in terms of time and energy. Furthermore, if they are not planted or sited in the right location, neither will flourish.

In design and development the engineering design stage.............. <continued>

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Maintaining Relationships: The People Aspect of Business

In business, it’s generally acknowledged that in order to bring in new work, you have to get out there, in the big wide world, so to speak. This can take many forms, such as networking, attending a trade show, or arranging a catch-up over coffee or lunch with a business associate.

For over 25 years, Sanstec Design has maintained this approach, having participated in all of these activities. It is never easy to constantly.............. <continued>

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Plastic Part Design: Precise and Perfect

For an engineer, the design of a new tool for injection moulding is regarded as a highly technical and complex task. Dealing with precision and tight dimensions, accuracy is crucial, and engineers are therefore generally aiming to be as precise and perfect as possible, like hitting a bull’s-eye in darts or other similar arrow sports.

Injection moulding is a popular method in product or component production. Despite the initial high set-up costs, it is a very cost-effective.............. <continued>

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Material Choice: An Engineering Chocolate Selection Box?

During the design and development process, just one of the many tasks a design engineer has to undertake, is the selection of the best material for a product or component. It is, quite rightly, generally agreed to be an important part of the engineering design process because if you make the wrong choice, it can lead to failure, which is a costly result for all involved.

Likewise, it is generally acknowledged that if a proper process.............. <continued>

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UK medical device reviewers form new association.
Green Elephant Biotech launches plant-based 96-well plate.

AI to expand medtech portfolios, revenue streams: Moody’s. ..........<continued>

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Heading in reverse

Going backwards to solve a question might be considered a strange approach, but as a mechanical design engineer, methodically going into reverse can actually be a good route to unpicking and finding some answers.

Reverse engineering, or as it’s sometimes known, back engineering, is a process by which a product or individual component is deconstructed. By working backwards, an engineer is able to determine several things, such as how.............. <continued>

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A Spring in your Step

How many times have you heard someone say, you walk with a spring in your step? Well, I might not be actually skipping or dancing my way into the Sanstec Design office every day, but as we head towards spring, things are certainly gaining pace in the design and development arena.

In mechanical engineering, springs are a functional part of many items manufactured. They are used in numerous products such as.............. <continued>

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Going around in circles: creating the wheel

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re just going around in circles? Sometimes life can feel a bit like that, can’t it? If you look hard enough, you’ll see that circles are everywhere, from the shape of our planet to my humble, but very important, daily coffee cup.

Take the invention of the wheel, for example, another very crucial circular innovation. It is generally acknowledged that not one person was.............. <continued>