Ask the Internet about the job outlook for people in ME, and two things become clear. First, we are alarmingly short of mechanical engineers in this country. Second, mechanical engineers are flooding the market. Read the rest of this entry »
There isn’t a single day that passes when we don’t hear stories about how engineers are getting help from other community members.
It usually starts with, “I needed a part for my designs and I didn’t have time to design it. I looked on GrabCAD and there it was. I saved a whole day, and what’s even better, the original author shared more tips with me about his design. It could only happen on GrabCAD!” Hearing these stories keeps us going - we know that there are so many creative engineers and designers out there who appreciate that we save them time and help them do their job better.
But, not all the stories we hear are so positive. A couple of weeks ago, I met a brilliant product designer and engineer - a really brilliant one. After our meeting, he told me he’s making a career move to become an interactive designer. Yes, you heard me correctly, an interactive designer. He is talented enough to do anything, but I was curious. Why leave engineering? He feels that the engineering field is not developing quickly enough and, as a career opportunity, software seems like a better choice.
In some ways, I agree with him: there really haven’t been many innovations in CAD in the past 20 years. But, there is change in the air and I think he’s going to miss out on something really special. First, there is a new focus and movement based on hardware. Secondly, the internet really hasn’t changed how things are designed and built. At GrabCAD, we can see change is already happening.
Engineering is not developing quickly enough, but there is change in the air!
The GrabCAD vision is to build tools that help you design better products faster by taking advantage of this new open environment. More than 700.000 engineers and designers agree with us and joined our online movement to access CAD content, CAD people, and CAD tools.
These changes in the industry are hugely important and we need to share them with everyone who will listen. As a fellow engineer, I know that we may not be a very talkative group of people who are always tweeting and sharing, but these stories need to be told. We need to spread the word on how the engineering industry is moving forward, so a new generation of engineers and designers are inspired to choose a career dedicated to building great products.
So, we’re writing a book.
It’s about engineers, it’s about the future, and it’s about how this new, open enigeering world is going to change the way we design and build products. We want our book to be your book - it will be filled with stories from the people who are making this change happen, you. Thanks for building GrabCAD with us!
Leave us your story (1-4 sentences) in the comments below, and we may feature it in the book!
Robots immediately bring up connotations of hard metal, whirling motors and precise movements. The rapidly developing field of 'soft robotics' is bending that notion by combining pneumatics, 3D printing, silicone rubber and the locomotion of jellyfish and octopi. Air or liquid is forced into specially designed rubber forms, following particular channels to bend the piece or make it rigid in a controllable manner. Who said you had to use metal to make a robot!
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I carried out a little bit of research the other day on the web and here’s what I found about this topic. The idea is not to make an exhaustive report but to give you a brief overview of the overall salary ranges for engineers.
An engineer's income varies a lot depending on location, experience, and industry. For some reason engineers in the petroleum, computer hardware, and nuclear industries earn considerably more than their colleagues. Well the actual reason is that these industries lack skilled resources but also education might cost more.
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Mechanical engineers don’t all get to design Mars Rovers like Kobe Boykins in this video but we hope most of them have Kobe’s passion for what they do. Great little clip for inspiration on Tuesday morning.
I loved this comment to the video:
The world would be a better place if everyone loved their job as much as this guy.
What gets you fired up in your work?
Anyone remembers cassette tapes? And what you could do with them besides pushing the fast forward button on the player for some funny sound effects? While feeling somewhat nostalgic, I dug out a couple of entertaining videos that could actually legitimately use 'mechanical engineering' as an award category for commercials.
Technics kicking it off:
Honda took a step up and spent more than 600 takes involving over 85 car parts before this amazing Rube Goldberg style sequence worked out perfectly. Believe it or not, the video consists of only two 60 seconds long clips stitched together. You can actually read the full description here (and learn pretty much all the important car assembly terminology as well if English is not your native language).
Then again, exactly how many beers would you have to drink until having the imagination executed in the most expensive Guinness commercial ever? Filmed in Argentina with a budget over $16 million, involving 6 000 dominoes, 10 000 books, 400 tyres, 75 mirrors, 50 fridges, 45 wardrobes and 1000 villagers, calling it spectacular is probably an understatement.
A bit more approachable weekend hobby project: next time anyone asks to help fixing the doorbell, consider the following as an alternative.
And to give the great weekend some kick, one very appropriate track to sing (or build) along ;) The only warning is that watching it could tempt you to get yourself a boeing-size hangar instead of a garden shed.
You all have surely seen Terry Stonehocker's bikes. Or engine parts. Or both. Or even downloaded them all because this time our engineer under spotlight is the creator of some of the most popular and commented models in GrabCAD. We had a chance to interview him, hence a small warning before reading on - his insights and experience in the motorcycling world can easily make the decision for you about what to drive this spring ;)
Terry and his Rats Hole winner trike
GC: As with many GrabCAD engineers, you have a strong mechanical engineering background and expertise in machine design and building. Why this and not civil, electrical engineering or anything else?
Terry: Well growing up I was always drawing something with pin and ink or pencil so I always had an artistic talent and early on as a young boy I always thought I would do something with my artistic abilities. As I got older high-school age I started building RC airplanes and started designing my own winged creations. I developed a hands-on mechanical feel for the intricate parts that went into the planes. In high-school back in the late 60’s (oh yes I am an old-fart) I took a mechanical drawing class and learned how to draw on the board (something a lot of the younger engineers don’t get to experience anymore) in this class we advanced into architectural drawing of houses. When I went to college I thought I wanted to become an architect and started in that curriculum but soon realized that I missed the tinkering with gizmos (things) and decided to change my major to mechanical engineering.
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