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YouTube Tuesday: Casey Neistat’s Studio

Here is a video from my YouTube favorites I go back to every now and then. Casey Neistat is an independent filmmaker from New York and this is a video Gizmodo did looking around his studio. It’s a very functional space and I am very jealous. I hope that one day I can have a studio and workshop like that for my projects, although I am OCD enough to keep to neat and tidy like Casey.

ManufacturingOps.com Website Launch

Today I am officially launching my new web project ‘ManufacturingOps.com’. The fundamental goal of the site is to explore manufacturing processes and technology with the reader learning along with me.

Some people may ask why I am doing this so I will start with the back story. In my current role as a design engineer I was presented with an issue by a supplier. My latest part design had an impact on an injection molding tunnel gate in their tool design. I didn’t have a lot to go on from their feedback so I asked a colleague who had some expertise in tooling design for some guidance. It didn’t yield much help so I turned to the internet for help to understand the gating problem.

A search on Google turned up a wide array of links and, more interestingly, a link to a YouTube video. Being a learner who likes the visual medium a video was my first port of call. The first post on the site actually shows the video I found of a tunnel gate. It helped me visualise the problem and work around the tool design.

I realised there were many more videos on the web that could help me understand a range of manufacturing processes that may help me as a design engineer as well as other resources for design and manufacturing professionals on the internet. Given that my role in the Australian Automotive Industry is coming to an end soon,  I wanted to extend my understanding of manufacturing processes. I am aware that future roles as a design or project management professional may require understanding technologies beyond those I have been exposed to in my automotive career.

Since scouring the internet for information was helping me extend my understanding of manufacturing processes I thought there would be other professionals that could also learn from the best of what I had discovered. I decided to create ManufacturingOps.com to filter and aggregate the best information I came across for manufacturing processes that helped me understand how things could be made. In doing this I hope I can help other people involved in product development by ‘playing along at home’.

The website is in it’s infancy so at the moment it is mostly aggregating videos. As I discover more I will extend the range of the site. There are many possible directions for the site to take as it evolves. I hope one day I can partner with some manufacturers and innovators to share some of their existing knowledge, generate some new content, share new technology or even produce some exclusive process videos.

So whether you are an engineer, a designer, an architect, a business development manager, a procurement specialist, an entrepreneur or an inventor I hope my daily dose of learning resource can help you on your mission. So dive right in and subscribe to get updates from my project or connect with me on LinkedIn to see the latest posts in your feed. If you have any interesting manufacturing process learning resources I am also open to submissions.

Theory Thursday: Making Ball Bearings

This one goes out to all my skating friends and some of the cyclists I know might take interest in it too. This is a video from Nachi on how rolling element bearings are made. This one follows the manufacture of deep groove ball bearings so it’s a good one for skaters to watch.

YouTube Tuesday: Mesmerizing Machines

A quick look at 24 mesmerizing machine from the Science channel’s How It’s Made program. The pretzel machine is cool.

Theory Thursday: The Battle For The Best Artificial Surfing Wave

Wave pools. We’ve all seen them or even been in them at the big water parks. And while the waves that a typical wave pool generates are surfable they just aren’t that good. There are also standing waves that are generated by blasting water over a form but these do not allow for a standard surfboard with fins to be used.

Over the last few years there have been a few people trying to develop a better artificial wave for surfing that mimics a real wave. One technology comes out of Australia from Webber Wave Pools and another comes from Wavegarden. These are just two of several technologies that are emerging, but they appear to be two of the most viable and interesting. Continue reading →

A Post About A Quadcycle To Disguise A Plug-In Test

Here is a video of a full suspension quadcycle.

But I really just made this post to test a WordPress plugin.

Theory Thursday: Parametric Surfboard Design And Manufacture

Being an NX CAD user with an interest in surfing (no, I can’t do it but I am interested in it) seeing this case study coming up in the Siemens YouTube channel piqued my interest. According to the video FireWire Surfboards has added a parametric customisation functions to their website that uses NX as a backbone for the 3D modelling of your custom stick. The company can then have the design sent straight to the factory for manufacturing on CNC machine centres.

I have attempted to give the custom board design application a try on a couple of occasions, once in Firefox and once in Chrome. So far I have had no luck making it work receiving different errors on both occasions. Let’s hope they get it sorted out because it is a very interesting use of a high-end CAD system to provide mass customisation. Imagine the bike industry harnessing this to tweak your bike frame based on your specific requirements.

Whacky Wednesday: Paleta By Tomáš Moravec

YouTube Tuesday: Verruckt First Launch

The Schlitterbahn Development Group have been working on the tallest water slide in the world they call the Verruckt. The slide is being installed in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City and was scheduled for opening on the Memorial Day weekend. It was delayed to July 10th and was a soft opening (ie. we don’t have all the bugs ironed out).

Here is the first live test…

Theory Thursday: How A Diff Works

Yes I am a mechanical engineer, I do work for an automotive company and I do understand why cars have differentials. However I never fully understood the fundamentals of a diff’s operation until I saw this video.