Let It Slide: Self-Lubrication in Mechanical Assemblies

We love the way friction gives us traction on the road, good brakes, and allows us to walk without looking like a newborn Bambi, but there are also things we can’t stand about it—engines seizing up, stuck bolts, and old grandfather clocks never chiming again. We absolutely need friction, and sometimes we absolutely need less Read more about Let It Slide: Self-Lubrication in Mechanical Assemblies[…]

Mechatronica: 3D Printing Gears and Robots

What tech-savvy, imaginative child hasn’t dreamed of creating their own robot? With 3D printing technology becoming so commonplace and inexpensive, designing and building robots and other mechatronic designs is easily within the grasp of most garage engineers and hobbyists. Of course, it’s not without its challenges—3D printed parts aren’t quite the same as their more Read more about Mechatronica: 3D Printing Gears and Robots[…]

Scaling Up: From 3D Printed Prototypes to Injection Mold-Ready Designs

I love the invention and design development process. I love seeing the concepts come together, love working through iterations of prototypes and finally (finally!) getting a design just right, fulfilling all the technical and aesthetic requirements. But do you know what’s even better? Seeing your designs in full-scale manufacture. Unfortunately, once your design is beautiful Read more about Scaling Up: From 3D Printed Prototypes to Injection Mold-Ready Designs[…]