Carlicia is a Marketing Product Engineer at MISUMI USA and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified SolidWorks Associate and is passionate about education and training.

The Internet of Things – What is Industry 4.0?

The internet of things has not only affected consumers and developed new organizations. It has affected the manufacturing industry in a variety of ways. The industrial revolution started with steam machines, evolved to programmed (by humans) robotics and now stepping ...

Surface Finishes: Hard Chrome Plating

The most common and long-established method of decorative plating on steel is copper-nickel-chrome plating also known as ‘chrome plating’. In recent years, nickel-chrome plating (semi-bright + bright plating) is also common for its superior corrosion resistance and aesthetic properties. These ...

Surface Finishes: Heat Treatments

Heat treatment is a type of surface treatment that includes hardening and thermal diffusion. Both use heating to apply the surface treatments to the work piece. There are two types of heat treatments hardening and thermal diffusion. In this post, ...

Surfaces Finishes: Electroless Plating

Electroless plating is a chemical plating technique used to deposit a layer of metal plating without using an outside electrical energy source to charge the plating bath. Unlike electroplating where metal is deposited on objects by reduction precipitation using a ...

Surface Finishes: Anodizing

“Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish.” -Aluminum Anodizers Council Anodizing is one of the most environmentally friendly processes in the coating industry. Since it is not a metal ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part Two

Strength and Shape Design Considerations After looking at ways to use different plastics instead of metal in last week’s post, we will examine shape and material in this week’s post. Weight reduction is a design task assigned to many engineers, ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part One

In response to concerns about global warming and depletion of subterranean resources such as petroleum oil, the automobile industry is rapidly shifting from gasoline-based cars to hybrid and electric cars. As a CO2 emissions-reduction measure, many countries are competing to make ...

One for All: Universal Design

“Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” -architect Ronald L. Mace. This design concept began in the 1950s in ...