Mechanical manufacturing engineering focuses on the design, integration and operation of programs focused on the improvement of production efficacy. CAD/CAM modeling and simulation software, welding, machining, mechanical assembly, and more across all physical industries are relevant in mechanical manufacturing. Military and commercial engineering/manufacturing regulations and specifications.
During all aspects of design engineering, it is critical to ask how the design will be manufactured. “precision tools of the trade” explores manufacturing through the tools used to inspect and monitor designs as a part or assembly moves through an engineering process.
Buoyancy is the upward force on an object that counteracts gravity and other downward forces present. A submerged object in some fluid medium will experience a force due to gravity, a force due to buoyancy, forces due to wave energy, and other forces - the net force will determine whether the object floats or sinks and its rotation.
Each digital caliper, after being subjected to grinding dust, coolant splash, machining chips, and being handled by multiple people, has kept readings within .0005” of the target value. This means the calipers have not degenerated in accuracy at all with respect to the manufacturer’s given resolution and measurement accuracy numbers.
The Fluke 8808A multimeter allows the measurement of two properties of a signal at the same time, providing a versatile testing environment where voltage and frequency or resistance can be measured at the same time.
As predominantly a welding (or sintering) process, metal 3D printing involves similar design guidelines and approaches with fewer restrictions and variables. Additive manufacturing allows more freedom of design with less constraint, the goal of design engineers since designs first revolved around available manufacturing technologies.
In a traditional manufacturing world full of accepted regulatory hurdles and requirements, it is tough to see a path where additive manufacturing will play a prominent role. Organizations such as the American Welding Society are working with companies and industry leaders to develop industry-wide standards on additive manufacturing. Standards such as these will pose as the starting point for integrating AM processes into traditional manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing is the process by which techniques of adding material to a working area and building upon existing material are employed to create a final product consistently and reliably. Although modern techniques like 3D printing are talked about mostly when addressing additive manufacturing, the term has been applied to many techniques dating back to when blacksmithing was the primary metal forming method.
Additive manufacturing processes can provide value at nearly all aspects of a manufacturing line, whether allowing for the supply chain to be brought in-house or opening the manufacturing capabilities to include far more complex parts. Determining whether integrating a 3D printing process into the manufacturing line will increase or decrease efficiency, though, requires a fairly thorough analysis of past, present, and future projects.