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Sustainable Mechanical Engineering Design & Consultancy

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The Real Reason Manufacturers Demand Recycled Plastic

In a world allegedly more aware of its environmental impact, governments and industries seek sustainable solutions. One measure which has gained traction is the plastic tax. This tax aims to reduce plastic waste by incentivising producers to use more post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. Let’s explore how the plastic tax affects plastic bottle producers and encourages …

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The Plastic Bottle Dilemma: Balancing Convenience and Consequence

Plastic bottles—they’re undeniably convenient. Whether it’s the refreshing gulp of water on a hot day or the grab-and-go ease of a soft drink, these ubiquitous containers have become an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, as we sip and discard, the debate around their use and disposal grows louder, urging us to consider the …

The Future of Sustainable Design: Engineering for a Greener Tomorrow 

In a world increasingly attuned to environmental concerns, innovative product design and sustainability is shaping the future of mechanical engineering. In part, greater consumer demand for products with positive environmental credentials drives the change. However, there is much disinformation, economic inconsistency and greenwashing. This clouds the judgement of producers and consumers alike. This article explores …

Parametric Design in CAD: Adapting Fast to Changing Manufacturing Needs

Parametric modelling in CAD equips designers to face the uncertainties of the future.

Embracing the Future: How AI Revolutionizes Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

Manufacturers are turning to cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to implement predictive maintenance strategies.

Top 5 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Challenges

A well-managed manufacturing and supply chain ensures the smooth flow of raw materials, components, and finished products from manufacturers to end consumers. However, this presents complexity and challenges. In this blog, we identify the top five manufacturing and supply chain hurdles and the top five opportunities for their improvement and resilience. Top 5 Challenges & …

CAD for manufacturing

CAD design for manufacturing is a game-changer in the world of product development. By optimising designs for manufacture, selecting suitable materials, validating designs, and leveraging rapid prototyping, engineers can enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure high-quality products.

Why choose Design for Manufacture (DFM)

Managing production cost is a major concern for any manufacturing company, small or large. So engineers now have many tools, like DFM, to help them achieve simple, efficient and low-cost designs that help to reduce those costs. Design for Manufacture (DFM) is a rigorous engineering design process, preventing wasted project time, poor supplier chain selection & …

Product design failure

We’re taught that failure helps us learn. After all, behind every great success is a string of failures. And, when it comes to design testing, nothing beats trying to break a physical product. It confirms weak points and prompts modification better than any design on a screen. However, it can be a very costly design …

Problem solving in product design and manufacturing

With your shiny new CAD, product design or mechanical engineering qualification – and diligent application of learning – you might be persuaded to think that designing a new product is a straightforward activity. You create your fresh new design. You check that all your component parts fit perfectly together on the CAD screen. And they …