The Difference between Engineers and Makers Calculations: A Core Engineering Function Today's Compromise on Calculation Tools Engineering Calculation Software Implications for the Team and Individual Summary and Conclusion
Lately, I've been assembling a more holistic picture of engineering software tools for performance prediction. One of the tools that falls into that category is engineering calculation software, which I have covered in this eBook. Here's a quick excerpt.
Given today’s massive Maker Movement, powered by the idea that anyone can invent and make a product, the difference between engineers and makers is fair to consider, don’t you think? One difference, at least, is easy to discern. Makers rely on creativity, iteration and luck to find designs that work. Engineers do that as well, but rely more on predicted performance than luck to make decisions. Put simply: it’s more about prediction than chance. And at the core of that important distinction lie engineering calculations. In years past, engineers performed calculations in paper notebooks. They were often full of equations with corresponding sketches, notes and pictures. Of course, a lot has changed since then. The engineering office caught up in the digital revolution, just like every other department. After the dust settled, engineers could perform calculations in one of two kinds of software: spreadsheets or mathematical modeling solutions. Neither do much to curb the inherent volatility of engineering work. This has serious implications for both the organization and the engineer. There is, however, reason for hope. There are software applications purpose-built for engineering calculations. What exactly do they do? Do they resemble engineering notebooks of the past? What are the implications for the business? That's where this eBook comes into play. Here, you'll find more on the calculation needs of today's engineers, today's technology compromise on calculations, new calculation tools built for engineers and implications for the team and individual.