Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 11: Get Your Project Moving

What is stopping you getting your products to market? Companies large and small have problems getting new product designs into production. There are many things that can increase development time, but the most common are: Staff shortages Production support taking engineers away from projects Short or long term staff illness Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 10: Turning Brass

See warning and disclaimer at the bottom of the page!! Most engineers know that when you turn brass the needle like chipping’s that come off will cover you and your workshop in a split second if you do not have a fully enclosed machine, or a close fitting chick guard.. There are Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 9: Don’t tell the World

Whether you have an idea for a new product and are looking for people to help you with the design or manufacture it is important to make sure you protect your intellectual property. If you chat to ANYONE about your product without putting a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in place, Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 8: 3D Printing Advice

For those lucky enough to get a 3D printer for Christmas, here are a few hints and tips to allow you to get the most from your new equipment. There is a very steep learning curve to owning a 3D printer, so we have created “A Quick Guide to 3D Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 7: Protecting your Ideas

In some cases the most appropriate way to protect a design is to apply for Registered Design Rights. This is much more cost effective than a patent and only takes a few weeks. However while registered design rights offers protection for the overall shape or form of a product, it Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 6: Using a Sketch Picture in SolidWorks

Nature is a great source of inspiration for product design. As is using existing product images to re-create geometry. The problem is that although there are billions of photos in the world, they don’t often come with a scale bar for reference. However If you Have SolidWorks you are able Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 5: Conditional Formatting in Excel

Conditional formatting allows you to format an excel cell, or cells, in a particular way depending on the data contained in the cell. For example, a quick glance of the simple spreadsheet below does not make it obvious which clients have paid or which orders have been shipped. Formatting each Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 4: Simple Turning Tool Set Up

See warning and disclaimer at the bottom of the page!! Correctly positioning the cutting point of your turning tool in relationship to the centreline of your lathe is critical to a number of things, but most notibaly… Tool life Surface finish (also affected by geometry) Cutting efficiency On many modern CNC machines tool height Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 3: Simple html

I have been learning some basic HTML code to improve the quality of some of the websites I manage and thought posting what I have learnt would be a useful resource for others who are getting into the world of HTML code. The Horizontal Divider line To produce a horizontal Read more…

Twelve Tips of Christmas: Tip 2: Avoiding Chatter on a Lathe

Please see warning and disclaimer at the bottom of the page!! Just about every engineer who has ever used a centre lathe has at some point had the misfortune of uncontrollable chatter. There are many causes, and a good number of solution, I will do my best to explain causes and solutions Read more…