Sketchup Tutorial LESSON 8: Think Like a Mechanical Designer

In this lesson we help you to start thinking like a mechanical designer. We go through an example of designing in Sketchup and then building on a 3D printer of a simple mechanical device. For this lesson we will be making a simple case for eye glasses. This example has us think about dimensions and tolerances. We will design to design rules, and then fabricate.

Sketchup Tutorial LESSON 7: Understanding Design Rules Tolerance for Slip and Press Fits

Mechanical Design is a lot more than just drawing. It is about understanding your fabrication infrastructure and design rules. It is also important to understand and be mindful of tolerances when you design. Designing with your fabrication infrastructure in mind will ensure your success. For our case, we are designing for 3D printers. This video covers a simple test structure you can design and build to better understand slip and press fit tolerances.

Successful Engineering Career ADVICE: Research, Development or Application. Which is Right For You?

One of the most important factors in having a successful career in Engineering that you enjoy and find fulfilling is to find a job type suited for your personality type. Almost all career choices require you to further choose whether you want a job in Research, Development or Application. Research is best suited for highly creative individuals. Application is best for structured people who are very organized. Development is sort of in the middle. Being happy in your career is to pick a job that is a good match for your person type.

Successful Engineering Career ADVICE: Is it Better to Work for a Big Company or Small Company

In this lesson we look at pros and cons of working for large verses small companies. The question of whether it is better to work for a small or big company is a complicated one, and depends a lot on your personal preferences, and your tolerance for risk. This video goes through the things you should think about in making this important decision.

Keys to a Successful Engineering Career LESSON 3: What College Students Should Know

In this video we continue our series on how to become a successful engineer, and in this lesson we focus on what College Students should know, and what you should know as you get ready to go into a college engineering program. Most students are not prepared for just how tough a college engineering program is going to be. This video has important tips on how to not just survive, but thrive in college. Enjoy!

Sketchup Tutorial LESSON 6: Understanding Design Rules

One of the keys to success in mechanical design comes from understanding that you can draw things that you can not build. Just because you can make it in Sketchup does not mean your fabricator can make it. You must design being mindful of the capabilities of your fabrication infrastructure. This comes down to the concept of design rules. Design rules are a set of conditions. If you design your devices following the conditions in your design rules, your design will fabricate properly. Your design rules will depend on your fabrication infrastructure. In our case, we are building on our own 3D printer, but none the less, we still need to develop some design rules. In this video we show how to design a simple test device that will allow us to know how small of a line we can print, and how closely we can put two holes to each other. This simple set of two design rules is a good start of successful designing for a 3D printer.

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