April 2011

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The Role Of Vendors

The Role Of Vendors

One aspect of design work I didn’t learn about in school was the interaction with vendors. No one ever told me I’d have to interact with real people (*gasp*) on a regular basis in order to find out about new parts. I mean, when it comes to new parts I’m assuming that right at this moment there are students at my alma mater still using the same LM741 I used. No, not the same type or the same pin layout. I mean the exact same 741. That’s how I feel about most college kids finding out about new technology. It’s just not in the cards for most college students to be up to date on components, nor does it really need to be (fundamentals first!). So when I began work and started interacting with vendors on a regular basis, I found out how useful they are. They tell me about […]

Picture Your Success

Picture Your Success

Talking about documentation is probably something you enjoy about as much as sticking your hand down the garbage disposal with the latter having the advantage of being far less boring. But if you don’t document, you’re in a lot of trouble. A good drawing is like a good friend. Sure it requires a bit of work upfront. You have to tend to the relationship, find the things you have in common, or in this case slave over an overworked computer yelling at your CAD program for why it doesn’t recognize the table you just inserted five minutes ago and won’t let you add a new row to it. But in the end an assembly drawing is priceless. When that guy is on vacation (or in a coma) was the only one who knew what that fitting was correctly torqued to or what generic part you ended up using when the […]