Updated: Jul 6, 2021
I’m in the market for a used Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
But it must have 6-seats, which is rare.
Most pickups have buckets in the front.
One day, a car mechanic said, “Toyota doesn’t make a 6-seat Tundra”
I was puzzled, but curious.
How could this mechanic state this fact so confidently? And, how could he be so wrong? I’ve seen the 6-seat Tundra’s with my own eyes.
My trust and confidence in his knowledge dissolved.
His experience had defined the limits of his knowledge.
Mark Twain once said (emphasis mine):
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
As a design and development engineer, I am constantly finding new things that I didn’t know.
I’m certain of only one thing, that there’s lots more to learn. I might call myself an expert in a few areas, but I’m not an expert in a lot of things.
I notice a lot of inexperienced designers are very confident in their skills, sometimes to a fault.
This is referred to as the Dunning-Krueger effect.
The more I learn, the more I realize that I don’t know.
As I’ve gained experience in Design and Development, I try to reflect on this fact.
I realize that my particular expertise may be hiding the value that others can bring to my programs.
I try to let experts lead in their areas of expertise.
I want to maintain my curiosity and keep learning.
I want to use my experience to help others.
I’m not for everyone.
I’m not an analytical engineer.
I’m not an RF antenna or Bluetooth guy. I’m not even really a metals guy. I can select metals for basic properties and design sheet metal parts, but I’m not getting into quench and temper specs for aluminum alloys.
I outsource that to the experts that study these topics every day.
Life is too short.
I shoot from the hip a lot.
I have good engineering judgement for design, including mechanism design. I’m fast at concept sketching.
I’m good at surface modeling, and have a flair for industrial design. Clients appreciate my ability to move quickly, and not get bogged down with details.
This is what makes me unique.
I also have a team. My team of engineers and designers supports me with electronics, RF design, metal selection, industrial design and detail drafting.
Together we do amazing things.
How can I help?
I have vast experience in plastics engineering and injection molding.
Manufacturers enjoy working with my designs. I understand design for injection molding.
I can create parts that require fewer molding iterations. I can help select plastic resin, and define simple molding strategies. I also have a good understanding of the plastic printing technologies. Polyjet, SLS, SLA, FDM, BJP, MJF, etc.
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