Believe it or not, for a mechanical engineer in China, the most important classes had nothing to do with engineering, it's English. 

Think like a machinist when creating solid models

Until the early 1990s, solid-modeling software was so expensive that only the largest companies could afford it. The software was difficult to use and its steep learning curve often deterred designers from making the switch from drafting boards or 2D programs to 3D. But today, programs are affordable and easier to use. Most designers and engineers learn solid modeling in colleges or technical schools and then launch into the business world to start designing machines and components.

Pros & Cons of Plastic v Metal for Electrical Cabinet Enclosures

As enclosure specialists we are often asked which is better metal or plastic for electrical cabinets? Each material has its own strengths and weaknesses, and which material you use for your next electrical cabinet enclosure project will depend largely on what you need it for and how many you are looking to produce.

Selecting the Best Glue to Bond Metal to Plastic

When designing a product for mass production, engineers must take materials into account—not only in terms of strength or weight requirements, but also from the perspective of assembly. Most manufactured components today are made from plastic resins, metal or both. When all the parts in your assembly are made from the same material, choosing a bonding solution can be relatively straightforward: just find “the best epoxy for plastic” or the best adhesive for metal.

Basics of Plastic Selection for Machining

Machining of plastics can be advantageous for applications requiring low volume production, close tolerance dimensions and/or difficult to mold configurations. There is an array of plastics to choose from; highly engineered, high performance products to low cost, low performance. Determining which is appropriate for a particular application can be challenging.

Latest Applications for Flexible Circuits

The advent of flexible and rigid-flex circuitry technology has revolutionized many aspects of modern electronic design. Components rely on flexible circuitry solutions for a range of applications that must process critical electronic signals, perform flawlessly in extreme environments, manage heat and power distribution, enable national defense, reduce automobile crashes, and do so via a miniaturized design.

Use wire harness on PCB application

Wire harness is common in PCBA products, but don you know how to use wire harness? How to protect wires from damage? Read this article to get everything you need to use wire harness on PCB application.

Target Costing and Design to Cost

Meeting customer affordability requirements is critical to a successful product. Since typically 80% of product costs are committed based a decisions during concept development and design, a design-to-cost (DTC) orientation in key to a successful product. The concepts of design to cost that form the basis for our consulting process are described in a paper titled, Achieving Design-to-Cost Objectives. DRM Associates, a leading consulting organization specializing in product development, can help with the following eight-step approach:

Contactless soldering with laser beams

Laser soldering has established itself as a single-point soldering process in recent years and is increasingly replacing conventional soldering processes. However, laser soldering is still considered expensive and its major advantages are counterbalanced by downsides. With the right laser soldering technology, the costs can be kept under control and the downsides can to a large extent be eliminated. Solder and flux are of crucial importance in this.