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The Expert by Lauris Beinerts

Being an engineer in the corporate world

A physicist, a mathematician and an engineer stay in a hotel.

The engineer is awakened by a smell and gets up to check it. He finds a fire in the hallway, sees a nearby fire extinguisher and after extinguishing it, goes back to bed.

Later that night, the physicist gets up, again because of the smell of fire. He quickly gets up and sees the fire in the hallway. After calculating air pressure, flame temperature and humidity as well as distance to the fire and projected trajectory, he extinguishes the fire with the least amount of fluid.

At last, the mathematician awakes, only again to find a fire in the hallway. He instantly sees the extinguisher and thinks, “A solution exists!”, and heads back into his room.

1955 Alcoa 50,000 ton hydraulic press

Oxy-acetylene cutting torch being used to cut roughly 300mm of steel. The click-through link is full of engineering porn from the William Doxford and Sons shipbuilding company. View high resolution

Oxy-acetylene cutting torch being used to cut roughly 300mm of steel. The click-through link is full of engineering porn from the William Doxford and Sons shipbuilding company.

Can we stop with the “engineers are forever alone” circlejerk that seems to be permeating the internet? It’s annoying as shit.

Why 3-D Printing Won’t Turn Your Home Into a Factory

You’ve probably heard that 3-D printing is going to save U.S. manufacturing. All those “makers” say it, even President Obama has chimed in of late. So it wasn’t too surprising at the recent SXSW gathering to see 3-D printers busy cranking out doodads under the big tops of television networks and tech companies. You stood in line for a taco, you watched a link of plastic parts slowly emerge from a nearby machine.

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