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EE and CS bacground, No knowledge of mechanical sytem design,advice pls

  1. Mar 8, 2010 #1
    Hi All,

    I am a computer programmer who has studied computer science and electrical engineering .It is my desire to combine my programming skill and EE background to design systems that potentially constitute mechanical parts( controlled by circuit and firmware....) .The problem is ,I have no knowledge of mechanical system design and i feel that it is a huge drag in my attempt to learn to do systems design. Please suggest ways ,free software tools,... that can help me build skills in mechanical part of system design.

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  3. Mar 8, 2010 #2


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    I suggest reading some books on Mechanics and then one on Machine Design. Although most EE's I know were required to take basic Statics and Dynamics courses in undergrad. If you did, then the Mechanics books might not be helpful but the Machine Design will.

  4. Mar 8, 2010 #3
    Thank you for your advice.Yes, i have taken statics and dynamics courses and i'm fairly comfortable in those areas. I'll read machine design books as you suggested and it will be great if there are software tools out there that i can get for free to complement my reading with simulation and CAD,any suggestion along that line?
  5. Mar 10, 2010 #4


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    I don't know of any free ones. Depending on the book, it may have some educational type software included that supplements your reading of the book.

  6. Mar 16, 2010 #5
    Don't attempt everything alone. I'd look to find a like minded ME and befriend a machinist or two. They haven't had time to forget what you won't have time to learn....

    - Mike
  7. Mar 17, 2010 #6
    Thank you for your great suggestion Mike ,I'll definitely try it! I'm also trying to arrange a visit to workshops and industries where i can see practical application of concepts...
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