Surreal Stirling Engine Update

For my surreal stirling engine, the main parts that I got made are the displacer and power piston connecting rods, and the pin connectors that link the connecting rods to their respective pistons (the glass syringe plungers). Designing these connectors was difficult because the plungers need to press-fit into the units in order to avoid using harsh adhesives.…
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Nick’s Timeline Update

I am currently finishing up designing all of the individual mechanical components that will go into my surreal stirling engine. That should be done by this Friday, so I can 3D print and test the parts over break. Also over break, I will plan out how I will make the whale. The dimensions obviously rely on the…
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Nick Flood’s Aspirations

The main reason why I am taking this class is to get more exposure to the aesthetics side of product design. I’d like to improve my sketching skills to be able to more comfortably and quickly draw a concept or idea. Eventually, I want to be able to do sketches like this: By graduation, I would…
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Nick Flood’s Skills and Stuff

I’m a mechanical engineering grad student with an emphasis on design. Here are a few skills that I have: Solidworks (modeling parts, assemblies, drawings, renders, etc.) Design for manufacturability and assembly (DFMA) Finite element analysis (Abaqus, Solidworks) Machining (mill, lathe, bandsaw, tube bending) Woodworking (saws, drills, etc. I’ve made my own skate/longboards, so I know…
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Wine Bottles

http://www.storageltd.com/blog/how-to-store-wine-bottle-of-different-sizes Most people can recognize a wine bottle when they see one. Despite the wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes, there are three styles that are the most common: the Bordeaux, the Burgundy, and the Mosel/Alsace. These bottle styles appeared due to significant advances in glass making in the early 1800s, which allowed for thicker…
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