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Your First Weldment Drawing — Six Pointers to Get You Started

Large weldment drawings can get complex. The key to good weldment drawings is to keep it simple. Think about how the weldment will be made. Go about it systematically. And keep learning.

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6 Benefits to using Sub Assemblies in Machine Design

How Sub Assemblies Save a Ton of Time and Money in Machine Design. Sub Assemblies in machine design are fun and easy and the really help save time and money in a lot of ways. Once you learn how to use them efficiently you will see all kinds of places that they can be used. Another post of Weld Fixture Design 101 by the Queen.

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Product Design vs Machine Tooling Design, What’s the Dif?

What are the two main differences between product design and machine tool design? Right off the bat I think of two main differences between designing a product and designing machine tools. TIME and DIMENSIONS TIME Product Design Time When designing a product there may be numerous design reviews, you may spend a whole year or longer between conception to tweaking the design, testing it for market appeal, functionality, safety, costs…...

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Three Ways to Detail a V-Block – Jig or Weld Fixture Design 101

The Art and Science of Detailing a V-block Now that we have talked about how to hold a round tube with a V-Block and how to create a V-Block in Pro/E 4.0 (Pro/Engineer), now it is time to talk about detailing. How do you make a drawing of a V-Block so that the machinist can understand it, and create it as quickly and accurately as possible. A Word About Detail Standards I keep saying that Machine Design is both Science and Art. When you...

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Weld Fixture Design — Product Changes

How do you design a fixture knowing the product may be modified by the product engineers? When designing a weld fixture, or jig as some people call them, it is important to remember that things can change.  Machine designers need to think ahead and have a standard procedure to follow that will reduce errors and costs in the case of a product change.  Changes can occur during or  after the fixture has been designed. Often times the...

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