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Design or Engineering?

Should I go for a degree in Industrial Design or Mechanical Engineering? [more inside]
posted by lain on Apr 23, 2016 - 9 answers

What is the best mechanical keyboard for my purposes?

I'm in the market for a mechanical keyboard to attach to my work laptop so that I don't have to deal with its crappy keyboard when I'm at my desk. What should I get? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Rube Goldberg wall art -- needing links and suggestions!

I've got a HUGE blank wall that is up high in my two story family room. I've had the idea to create a Rube Goldberg treatment on the wall, but I need help with specific ideas. There's a place where one can trip a trigger by launching a ball or some such on the second floor, but no way to easily maintain a mechanism that would require resetting. Help me crowd source some mechanics that will set this f*cker off! [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Feb 28, 2016 - 5 answers

Next step beyond Lego?

My son has mostly outgrown Lego but still loves building things from instructions. Challenging things. What are some building kits I could get for him? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 4, 2015 - 38 answers

Question: Can an old-fashioned mechanical stopwatch be a jogging buddy?

I was wondering if anyone knows about old-fashioned watches, particularly about mechanical stopwatches that you wind up, and could help me determine if running with one in my hand is a bad idea. I find it slightly easier to pace myself on the track with one of them than my digital watch, as it's easier to read the time. However, I'm afraid the watch will break due to the constant rough motion.
posted by Perifferol on Aug 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Nuclear Engineering Resume Review

A family member of mine has asked me to help them with their resume, and frankly it's a mess. It's also in a field that I know very little about (engineering). Where can I go to find recent sample resumes and/or best practices for folks in this field so I can help my relative fix their application up? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Sing Me Victorian Techno

What examples are there of classical or popular music inspired by the sounds of industrialization and mechanization in the 19th century? 20th-century rock and electronic musicians from industrial cities like Sheffield, Düsseldorf and Detroit have cited the mechanical rhythms of the factories around them as formative influences on their work. Did anything of this sort happen in the industrial centres of 19th-century Europe or North America? What 19th-Century music was inspired by the rhythms of steam engines, textile mills, mines & foundries? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Keyboard me! Help me replace my aging Saitek Eclipse.

My Eclipse if finally showing it's age and I need some advice seeing as I haven't even thought about keyboards for what 10 years? What's a good keyboard now? Mechanical seems to be all the rage again, is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Feb 6, 2015 - 10 answers

How much does sampling / licensing cost?

Do you do rights clearance work in the music industry (or know someone who does)? If so, can you satisfy my curiosity about how much it might be expected to cost to license rights in the four scenarios described inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Mechanical Turk and the IRB

I'm planning to use Amazon's Mechanical Turk to perform a survey, but I'm a bit confused about how to work this into my IRB application. [more inside]
posted by JanewayJunior on Jun 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Data center design mechanical engineer resume questions

I want to work with a tech company working on the design of data centers! I am very interested in the heat transfer, efficiency, environmental impacts and general mechanical design that goes into data centers. I have a few connections to a couple of the big tech companies here in Seattle and don't want to waste my opportunity. How should I shape my resume and what skills should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on May 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I make it as a freelance mechanical engineering consultant?

I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform. If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm. My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there. I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton on Oct 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Suggestions for a mechanical sewing machine in UK/EU?

I'd like to buy a used (or possibly new) reliable, easy to use mechanical (versus computerized) sewing machine available in Britain or the EU for very basic uses, mostly hemming, repairs, and making simple things like pillow covers, curtains, table clothes, etc., and I'd love some recommendations. I'll probably be looking mostly on eBay UK and Amazon UK. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 5, 2013 - 5 answers


Prepping a car camping trip. I never take pork or chicken when camping in an effort to respect food-handling volatility guidelines. I do, however, ignore those same guidelines with respect to eggs and bacon (bacon is preserved and, well, eggs must be served with bacon at breakfast when camping). I have been requested to bring 'fresh prawns' to grill. There is no water onsite and there will be no temperature-assured cold storage, but we will have an ice chest with other cold-dependent consumables in it such as the eggs. The campsite is in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and averages daily/nightly high-lows of 72/52 at this time of year. Cursory research appears to establish that prawns are in the same set of volatile meats that pork, chicken and crab belong to. It may be reasonable to source and bring hard-frozen prawns and cook them from semi-thawed. Departure to campsite expected drive time about five hours; departure to food consumption expected out-of-fridge storage time estimated nine to twelve hours. I am leaning toward saying no to the request. Hive mind, your analysis please.
posted by mwhybark on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Mechanical Pocket Watch

I browsed pocket watches on amazon.com and I noticed that nearly all mechanical ones show the skeleton movement (gears) inside. And it is not pleasant on the eyes. Why do manufacturers not hide the inner workings with cover, like the old times? Do they try to say implicitly "Look, we said mechanical and you see it yourself, no battery inside" ? Or is there some other reason for producing these ugly watches?
posted by raphael19 on Apr 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Mechanical Filter: Follow-up question: '93 del Sol won't start

A few weeks ago I asked this question. Consider this a follow-up question. I have a 1993 Honda del Sol 5-speed Si that has a "mystery" problem of sometimes starting and sometimes not starting. It's always a cold-start problem. I put the key in the ignition, switch it to ON until the check engine light goes on, the fuel pump pressurizes, and the main relay clicks, and then crank it. Sometimes it will fire up right away. Other times the engine will turn over but not ignite. Once it is started, it will start up fine for the rest of the day. It only gives me trouble when the engine has gone completely cold and has been left untouched for upwards of four hours. A new issue has developed since I first posted my question. Even after getting the car started, sometimes just a few minutes later during a sharp acceleration (approaching 4000rpms or more) the engine stalls out. I have to pull the car over and start it up again. It always starts up fine after that and will usually not stall out again. I had this issue looked at by several mechanics, most of whom hadn't the slightest clue what it was or willingness to investigate. The last mechanic I took it to said it was a faulty ignition switch and replaced it . . . but that has done no good whatsoever. Also, just FYI, the spark plugs are relatively new. Any thoughts are appreciated!
posted by fignewton on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Mechanic filter: 1993 Honda del Sol sometimes starting and sometime not

About six weeks I purchased a 5-speed 1993 Honda del Sol Si. Overall, I'm very pleased with the transaction. It's in great shape and runs very nicely. However, ever since a few days after I bought it, I've had a very frustrating recurring problem. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Feb 5, 2013 - 26 answers

What is this antique table?

Any idea what this mechanical antique table would have been used for? Photo of the side. Photo of the top.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 30, 2012 - 28 answers

Here a Turk. There a Turk. Everywhere a Turk Turk

Have you ever used Mechanical Turk to validate, classify, and clean data sets that would otherwise be mind numbingly impossible for someone to do? If so, were the results useful? What are some tips to make sure one's Mechanical Turk experience goes off without a hitch? How do i best check their work. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Aug 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Chris Ware and his incredible coin-operated machines

I'm looking for a book that was out around 1997 (the last time I remember physically seeing it) that detailed lots of different mechanical machines Chris Ware had designed/made, many of them coin-operated. I really should've just coughed up and bought it right then, because I've never laid eyes on it since, and no bookshop staff have been able to identify it. Do you know what book this is, or what it's part of, and if by chance it's still in print? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

What do I need to do to keep my career moving? (engineer-filter)

What do I need to do to keep my career moving? (engineer-filter) [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Mar 29, 2012 - 3 answers

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 24, 2012 - 5 answers

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection?

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection? [more inside]
posted by registered on Jul 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Mech Engineering student transfer

Mechanic Engineering undergrad seeks transfer to a more competitive, research-oriented school. What should we know? [more inside]
posted by citygirl on May 27, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I learn more about root cause analysis?

Root cause analysis. What exactly does it mean in the context of an engineering job and how can I prepare for this interview? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Apr 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Controlling a VFD in Labview?

I'd like to control a VFD (Hitachi L100) by computer via a LabView program. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Recommend some good texts for a new mechanical engineer.

Can anyone recommend good texts for a new engineer to study while searching for work? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Mar 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me decide how to handle this accident ... Please!

Car Accident Filter: I was rear-ended this week and while I know you are not my insurance agent, doctor or my lawyer, I would greatly appreciated help on what to do next. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Small, Cheap Plastic Gears?

What would be a good place to find small plastic gears for hobby projects? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Please help me identify and apply this skill

I feel like I have a particular skill related to engineering, but I need help defining it in clear terms and figuring out what kind of job it would be useful in. [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Masters degrees for artists/engineers

Help an craftsman with a BFA and an engineering bent find a masters program. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny on Apr 23, 2010 - 12 answers

It's a giant erector set, or, a series of tubes

Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 31, 2010 - 6 answers

What would you do if you had an engineering degree?

What would you do if you were a recent engineering graduate? (What companies would you be looking into across Canada?) [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Aug 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there a simple way to integrate Salesforce and Mechanical Turk?

Is there a simple way to integrate Salesforce and Mechanical Turk? Any tips on using Mechanical Turk and Salesforce at work?
posted by brokekid on May 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Use for M Turk

Help me spend my $100 Mechanical Turk credit !?! I have about $100 credit with Amazon's MT system and I haven't used the service for about a year. I just don't need it for anything. If you know what Mechanical Turk is (see here or here if not) please tell me how you would blow through $100 just for fun (or good use or charity or save-the-planet, etc.)
posted by Xhris on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Seeking undergraduate research advice

Advice on seeking undergraduate engineering research [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Washing Machine: Boom!

Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

What are the metal blocky things on roofs?

What are those blocky, meta-encased things on top of buildings? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Mechanical sculptures in mount prospect

Northern Chicago Suburbs filter: I'm trying to find info about a group of mechanical sculptures which were once installed at Mount Prospect Plaza. They were there around the mid 80's to early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jan 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering questions

I'm trying to choose between bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Other than jobs where you are actually "engineering" things, what jobs would each one be able to get? Also, I hear that engineering disciplines overlap in some ways. What are the similarities and differences between electrical and mechanical? Thank you.
posted by atm on Jan 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Pressure on people - people on streets

Mechanical Engineers: calculations for sealing an underwater enclosure ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on Dec 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Calling All Engineers!

I am stuck on a "design of machine components" project. Anyone care to take a crack? Its actually a pretty simple spring problem. [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Can you help me find an engineering job in Los Angeles?

Can you help guide me in finding a mechanical engineering job after graduation? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Nov 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Wind-up light that does not use a battery to store power?

Would a wind-up light that doesn't rely on charging a battery, but uses a clockwork mechanism to directly power a small generator which lights up an LED, be possible? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Oct 11, 2008 - 17 answers

Why won't my pickup start?

Please help me figure out what's wrong with my truck. It's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Aug 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Engineering Skills

Engineers: What skills do you use most often that you learned in college or anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Aug 16, 2008 - 17 answers

Why does my car A/C only work around town but not on the highway?

The A/C on my car ('92 Honda Prelude) works great from 0-40 mph. Above 40 mph, the ratio of cool to hot air moves decidedly in favor of hot. Any ideas (besides the obvious: take it to the shop).
posted by wheat on Jun 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Paper or Plastic?

Which is "greener"? Her metal & plastic mechanical pencils manufactured in Japan, or my Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils made in North America? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Aug 31, 2007 - 34 answers

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