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Understanding Quadrature Encoders: A Comprehensive Guide for Mechanical Engineers

A deep dive into the art and science of measuring rotation with quadrature encoders

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Five Flute Reverse Engineering Series: Reekon T1 Tomahawk

An engineering exploration of a first generation smart tape measure

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Project Electra - How to adapt a new electric drivetrain to a 1950’s transmission - Part I of II

Drivetrain architecture, spline reverse engineering, coupler design and analysis

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to Design and Manufacture Anodized Aluminum Parts

A practical DFM guide for design engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to Design Waterproof Products

A comprehensive guide to ingress protection in product design

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Ryobi Jig Saw Teardown and Reverse Engineering

We take a deep dive into hobby grade tool design to reveal design practices that you can apply to your projects.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to Design a Scotch Yoke Mechanism

An In-Depth Guide for Experienced Mechanical Engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

CNC Machining DFM - Design Guidelines for Milled Parts

A first principles look at CNC part design for manufacturability for experienced engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Sheet metal DFM - design guidelines for formed and punched parts

A first principles look at sheet metal design for manufacturability for experienced engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Design for Assembly (DFA) Best Practices

An overview of DFA principles for mechanical engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

8 Tips to Keep Hardware Product Development Teams Efficient

Practical approaches to speeding up engineering development

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

CNC Machining in the Digital Manufacturing Era

An in-depth analysis of U.S. based digital fabrication providers - Protolabs, Xometry, FastRadius, Fictiv, and Fathom

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Brainstorming for Engineers

A how to guide on brainstorming best practices for electro-mechanical product development.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Engineering Drawing Review Best Practices

A primer for working design and manufacturing engineers

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Bearings and Bushings - Essential Components for Mechanical Engineers

An overview of bearings and bushings focused on construction and practical applications.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to Run Effective Mechanical Engineering Design Reviews

A playbook for running and moderating efficient and valuable design reviews

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to Plan and Prepare for a Mechanical Engineering Design Review

A playbook for organizing efficient and valuable design reviews

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Best Practices for Mechanical Engineering Issue Tracking

A primer for mechanical engineers developing complex and deeply integrated electro-mechanical products.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

How to use Waterjet Cutting for Rapid Prototype Development

Best practices for rapid machine design prototyping

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

GD&T Basics - A Comprehensive Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

A beginners guide to GD&T and it's application on engineering drawings

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Mastering Drawings - Top Tips for Creating Better Sheet Metal Part Drawings

A how to guide for engineers and drafters designing sheet metal parts.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Mastering GD&T - Building Datum Reference Frames

A foundational guide to selecting datum features that accurately communicate design intent with GD&T.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Five Flute Part Drawing Review Checklist

A comprehensive checklist for part drawings so you can streamline your drawing review process, catch preventable mistakes, and move faster with confidence.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Drawings 101 - The Basics of Creating High Quality Engineering Drawings

A primer on the creation and review of engineering drawings for individual part manufacturing.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Advanced RSS Tolerance Analysis

Estimating manufacturing failures and scrap rates using RSS tolerance analysis and z-tables

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Introduction to Root Sum Squared (RSS) Tolerance Analysis

A how to guide to statistical tolerance analysis for mechanical engineering applications.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Introduction to Common Milling Tools used in Job Shop Machine Shops

A brief review of milling tools commonly used in modern job shops.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

First Principles of Manufacturing: CNC Milling Tolerances

A deep dive into machining tolerances and error sources in part design for CNC milling.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Practical Design for Manufacturability and Assembly

A deep dive into product development, manufacturing, and assembly cost reduction focusing on first principles and design best practices.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Practical Finite Element Analysis

Understanding the fundamental math, guidance for building trustworthy models, and interpreting the results.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

Fasteners and Bolted Joint Design

An engineering deep dive into fasteners and joint design problems for mechanical engineers.

William Burke

William Burke

Five Flute Founder & CEO

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