Author Archives: Ed
Here is an absolutely massive cargo ship called the Blue Marlin from shipbuilding group Veka. It was engineered to, apparently, haul lots of big heavy shit across bodies of water. Apparently, this beast is also semi-submersible (video here) so you can sneak up on unsuspecting ships and pull off the largest (in measure of mass) and scariest (in measure of adrenaline secreted) April Fools joke ever. But that feature also simplifies loading of certain types of cargo on days other … READ MORE
I tip my hat (were I wearing one) to the University of Washington mechanical engineering students who entered Denny’s 42nd Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby with a 3-D printed raft. This contest requires participants to fabricate a boat whose buoyancy comes from empty paper or plastic milk cartons. As it was not explicitly prohibited, the students interpreted the rules of the competition to mean the milk cartons could be in any condition or shape, so long as they were the … READ MORE
Do you have conglomerate Titanium and need it disintegrated into chips? Call this guy and he’ll turn your cash-dense Ti billet chunk into a completely impractical yet strangely arousing flashlight. $3,300? I’ll buy another car, thank you.
While not necessarily said by engineers, these certainly can be enjoyed by such. “The first instance of novel principle is invariably defeated by the developed example of established practice.” -Lawrence Pomeroy Ever have a great idea materialize in your head that is just too good to NOT think about? You churn the idea over and over… developing it further. You spend hours thinking the idea through, and you start to feel a little pride in your ability of creating such … READ MORE
Little Eddie sat in the front row, excited for his first day of chemistry class. Mrs. Malone began the lecture with one of the fundamental laws of chemistry: the law of Conservation of Mass. According to Mrs. Malone, that law states that in an isolated system mass can not be created nor destroyed. Confused, Eddie raised his hand and blurted out, “but Mrs. Malone, my Dad works in mass production.”