Library . . . Technical Articles and Opinions
Engineering / Startup / Product Development
This multi-part article is about making new products, and the process of bringing them from concept to final customer. The discussion covers a wide range of topics and possible directions in development.
Thinking about ideas to market, read The Product Development Process
For Inventors . . .
To all those that have the inventive spirit -- Congratulations! and Thank You. You are the ones that keep us moving forward.The "Inventors Lab" is a collection of articles directed at helping inventors navigate obstacles to bring an invention to market. Topics include Protecting Your Idea, the dreaded NIH Syndrome, and more. The collection is written, as it says, "For Inventors"
In every new venture there are spots where entrepreneurs get bogged down. For product based ventures, some spots are common -- for both new companies and for new products of an existing company.Sometimes these tricky spots are ignored, or just not dealt with in healthy ways because slogging through them can be exhausting. If you stay in the entrepreneurial quicksand too long, it can drain the life blood of enthusiasm, so here's the antidote. This article speaks to several of these Sand Pits giving tactics to navigate through them instead of getting stuck.
Trailers & Trailer Design
Interested in trailers? This article is about trailers -- all sorts of trailers -- What Makes A Good Trailer Design. These are the things that make the big & little differences for enjoyment in use and in ownership.Factors of Strength, Stability, and Versatility are examined. If you need a trailer, or are looking to build one, this article has some interesting points.
. . . a short article with quick lists of things to consider when choosing a trailer - any trailer - but, especially a utility trailer.A quick read may give insight in your search for the right utility trailer.
We've all see them . . . the nut cases towing a rickety contraption down the road . . . you try to pass by quickly so you're not there as a witness to the pending disaster.Of course, you're not "THAT" person, but here's some ideas to make towing better. The right things to make your trailer trips enjoyable, productive, and to keep you on the road and safe.
Interested in trailers? Mechanical Elements has a bunch of DIY trailer plans, and a blog called "From The Mechanic" which has technical articles and tips for DIY projects. As you may know, Mechanical Elements is a feature of Synthesis Engineering, so blog articles there have Synthesis as the source.If you're interested in trailers, especially the DIY style, check out the Plans and Posts on Mechanical Elements.
More Fun -- Less Technical Articles
Going Pro/Extreme at the Pinewood Derby -- An article written for Pro/E Magazine about having a little bit of fun at the races -- and, of course, using Pro/E to do it.
Pro/Extreme is the name of a car built to compete in a no rules, veterans version of the classic Cub Scout Pinewood Derby -- a light hearted competition gone (in this case) a bit Extreme. (Well, it has an aluminum CNC chassis, SLA body, balanced rubber 'n aluminum wheels, 18V overdriven motor and direct-drive 3-speed automatic transmission. Is that extreme?)For another perspective, I found this article from someone that followed the concepts of Pro/Extreme. Also a very cool project. Thank you for the acknowledgement and the link back.
For shorter articles on a number of different topics, check out the Synthesis blog area we call "The Engineer's Perspective." There you'll find "Case Studies" of how Synthesis has helped other customers; there are short technical articles; and we've included a bunch of fun milestones for our customers and with our projects.The blog posts are written to share a little about what we do, how we do it, and why our customers benefit from the services of Synthesis. Basically, it's written for you. Enjoy.
The Engineer’s Perspective
Blog posts about engineering and happenings at Synthesis.
Stuff that’s been around for a while, but still gets some traffic. Enjoy!
Pro/E Tips Library
For several years, Synthesis published a Pro/E Tip-of-the-Month newsletter, then archived the tips here on the website for visitors to view. Though many are now outdated, these short technical articles still get a lot of visits.
If you want more info about Pro/E, visit our Pro/E Tips Library. It is full of info on Pro/E tips, tricks and techniques -- more than 100.It's worth noting: Even now, Creo operates on mostly the same mathematical engine, so, in these tips, the menu selections are totally different, but the fundamentals, in many cases, are still quite valid. Enjoy!