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eFunda: Engineering Fundamentals


If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably one of those industrial designers who, like me, live in both worlds of design and engineering. And most likely, from time to time, you’ve found yourself faced with some basic engineering issue like tolerances, a bolt spec, etc… and there’s no engineer to be found. But there is eFunda. What’s eFunda?

eFunda stands for engineering Fundamentals. Its mission is to create an online destination for the engineering community, where working professionals can quickly find concise and reliable information to meet the majority of their daily reference needs.

eFunda is all about the basics, for most part, that means college level material covered in engineering schools. If you practice engineering, more often than not you would find yourself searching for something you knew but could not quite remember. eFunda wants to be your reminder of these formulas. Not only that, eFunda wants to tell you exactly under what conditions those formulas apply, so you don’t have to read an entire chapter of the good old textbook.

Obviously this site is written for and by engineers, but more often industrial designers like myself (I happen to prefer the term “product designer”) find themselves needing access to the same sort of information. I’m sure there are some of you out there that will say something like, “You industrial designs shouldn’t be doing engineering,” but for many of us, some of these basic engineering issues are integral to our product design, even at the concept level. (I can almost hear the e-mail coming…).

Some of the quickie basic stuff is free, but it will time out on you. The paid subscription gets you unlimited access to thier content and calculators.

Instructables: Table for Electronic Dreams


I know this might not be such a materials-and-processes-for-industrial-designers post… but I thought this was cool…

The Table for Electronic Dreams was the winner of Get the LED Out! Contest from Instructables. They asked their users to show off some creative and useful uses for LEDs and they got a ton of entries. The winner constructed a table which reveals the hidden electrical activity of electronic objects placed upon it.

Check out the video… While both eerie and beautiful, it also made me feel a bit of the heebie jeebies about the EMF’s coming off all my electronic devices…

By the way, this is a great way to introduce you to Instructables if you already didn’t know about it… It’s a great place to learn how to make and do stuff submitted by other users…