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How to Cut CNC Machining Costs - A Design Engineer's Perspective

Posted by Blaine LaFleur on Sep 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  

While you probably aren’t reading this article for tree-felling advice, what Abe was getting at is that careful planning is important for any task. A large up-front investment in a project, utilizing engineering design thinking, can save you both time and money in the long run.

 

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5 Attributes You Want in Your Mechanical Engineering Firm

Posted by Blake Talbot on Aug 29, 2017

There are various factors you may contemplate when hiring a Mechanical engineering firm, but are all the factors solely based on engineering work?

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Well Stimulation Technology: Dissolvable vs Composite Frac Plugs

Posted by Arturo Chinchilla on Aug 15, 2017

Thousands of wells require 10,000-psi rated frac plugs that can be installed in the wellbore so that cluster perforating operations can be carried out prior to hydraulic fracturing.

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What You Need to Know About FEA to Save Money on Your Next Project

Posted by Blaine LaFleur on Aug 5, 2017

FEA as Wikipedia defines it: 

FEA (Finite Element Analysis) as applied in engineering is a computational tool for performing engineering analysis. It includes the use of mesh generation techniques for dividing a complex problem into small elements, as well as the use of software program coded with FEM algorithm. In applying FEA, the complex problem is usually a physical system with the underlying physics such as the Euler-Bernoulli beam equation, the heat equation, or the Navier-Stokes equations expressed in either PDE or integral equations, while the divided small elements of the complex problem represent different areas in the physical system.

Now that's a mouth full! 

FEA in Layman's Terms:

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is designed to save money and time by computerizing engineering analysis. FEA is a digital platform professional engineers use to test designs against predictable forces, to determine whether a design will fail and, if so, when and how the material will deform, snap, or collapse. They are widely used in Oilfield designs (especially in downhole tools, industrial equipment design, and various other fields to replace the experimental design and testing.

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10 Contrary Values and Beliefs Professional Engineers are Up Against

Posted by Blaine LaFleur on Jul 13, 2017

This article will outline 10 contrary values and beliefs you are up against on your course to staying in the learning mode, as well as give examples of the kind of values that could underwrite high achievement.

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5 Signs You are Approaching an Engineering Breakthrough

Posted by Blaine LaFleur on Jul 8, 2017

We have all been there, in the middle of a design project that seems stale, boring, no end in sight. What do you do when you get there? What do you do when you hit a plateau? How do you create and engineering breakthrough?

Our boy Tony Robbins sheds some light on how to approach a plateau in life that can be directly related to engineering and design. Check it out below:

 

 

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