In 1970, tire manufacturer Firestone recalled 10 million tires. A faulty engineering design separated the belt from the tread: the rubber on the circumference that makes contact with the road. Unfortunately, it took dozens of accidents to recognize the manufacturing defect.
New engineers need to understand their mistakes can have serious consequences. If you want to move up the career ladder swiftly, the room for error is slim to none (actually none).
Here are five mistakes new engineers should avoid if they want to gain long-term success.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle race to the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, but this year's race might be even more extraordinary than usual thanks to 3D printing.
Racers take on the 12.42-mile public toll road, which contains a whopping 156 turns. Total elevation climb is 4,720 feet. At the summit, the elevation is 14,115 feet above sea level.
With summer right around the corner, everyone is eagerly awaiting their travel plans. Whether you’re traveling by air, by land, or by sea, the GrabCAD community has a 3D model that may or may not look similar to the mode of transportation you’ll be traveling in.
In honor of the new Groups section of the GrabCAD Community, we wanted to spotlight some of our favorite 3D transportation models. If you're into automotive, aerospace, and locomotive design you can also discuss these topics on the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles group.
Non-techie adults see programming as a foreign language, filled with unintelligible numbers, symbols, etc. They want nothing to do with it. Kids do not approach this technology with the same aversion. They are curious, open to learning new things, and do not see limitations the way their elders do.
Teaching kids to program at an early age can achieve several important things. First, they can become active rather than passive participants in technology. Literally, there is a great feeling when a child can get a computer to do what they command it to do. But more important, even if they never move forward into a career in technology, programming teaches a myriad of other mental skills.
Historically, space travel has been a reality consigned solely to highly trained astronauts. We earthlings could only catch glimpses of space through books, the internet, documentaries and Sci-fi movies. But that’s all set to change. The prospect of the everyman being able to journey into space - through commercial space travel via spaceports - is becoming increasingly tangible.
GrabCAD has a good problem on its hands: our online Community of professional engineers, designers, manufacturers, and STEM students has grown to almost 5 million members worldwide who produce a lot of content day in and day out – and we mean a lot!
However, it can get tough to find exactly what you’re looking for in this vast amount of content. Sometimes it can even be difficult for some of your great work to stand out amid the sea of insightful tutorials, design challenges, and CAD models on the GrabCAD Community.
We’re constantly reminded how vehicles are safer now than ever. Automakers feature dramatic, slow-motion videos of simulated crashes in commercials with somber voiceovers. Safety organizations post detailed findings of highly scientific safety tests. One of the first questions parents ask is what the safety rating is on a vehicle.
“I know one thing, that I know nothing,”
Let’s say you find yourself traveling in a strange and foreign land, to exotic locales across distant alien shores you’ve never seen before, finding yourself in a corner of the world where you’re not quite sure where to go or what to expect or even what might happen next.
There is lots of talk and written matter about the acceleration of technology, and even about acceleration of acceleration of technology.
Perusing articles about the upcoming singularity, it is easy to find charts showing the curves of attainable speeds of data transfer that extrapolate beyond the 5G networks into the terahertz range and beyond. It is a wonderful, and somewhat scary, to think that in less than 10 to 15 years, I will be on the wrong side of “singularity,” and my kid will not be able to explain to me the technology that he takes for granted. Even more fascinating is contemplating the fact that beyond not being able to comprehend technology, I might not be able to understand the society that is shaped by that new technology. It doesn’t seem possible that we, the generation that has the world at its fingertips, will be as lost as a misplaced 10th century farmer time traveling to the current Silicon Valley…Brave New World indeed.