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22.Jul.2012 A Bit About Bits: Introduction

A Bit About Bits: Introduction Let’s talk a bit about bits.  I enjoyed writing “5 Things Students Should Know About CNC” and with a new semester quickly approaching, I felt a follow up article about bits was in order.  Bits are a deep topic, but over the next several articles we will cover the basics [...]

19.Jul.2012 5 Rules Every Design Student Should Know About CNC Prototyping

5 Rules Every Design Student Should Know About CNC Prototyping 1. CNC integrated manufacturing does not exist to eliminate the need for technical skills. It can produce designs with greater accuracy and repeatability than we are capable of, but it is still just a tool that enables accurate production.  Just because a CNC router comes [...]

26.Jun.2012 Applying Threads and Fastners:

Behind all the data in callouts on plans and bills of materials are the real features that hold our designs together.   While final selection is often an engineering decision, understanding fasteners makes creating practical designs and prototypes possible.  It also helps us to understand why existing products are designed and produced the way they are [...]

02.May.2012 Threads and Fasteners: Part 2

It is useful to be able to read and produce proper engineering style thread notations. This formal style of referring to threads is commonly used in component data sheets, for communicating with manufacturers and in a shortened form when shopping for fasteners. The basic components of a thread call out are the major diameter of [...]

22.Apr.2012 Vocabulary

Vocabulary is important in communicating technical details with accuracy. Almost everything has a name and it is helpful to be able to explain and discuss key concepts without pausing to explain every tool, feature function or fastener along the way.   I will be posting weekly vocabulary focusing on specific themes or questions I ran into [...]