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Hello, I Am A Budding Engineer And I Want Professional Feedback On My Work.

03/07/2017 7:01 PM

Hello, I am The Maker.

I am here because I want professional feedback on my work. I have been building things with K'NEX and popsicle sticks since I was little and as a future engineer, I wanted real engineers to evaluate my potential. Please be honest, I am trying to improve my engineering.

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03/07/2017 7:22 PM

Maker, may I ask how old you are?

From what you show, it looks pretty cool. I would like to see more detail.

I have a 15 year old son, and we build stuff like this together, more lego, and stuff out of wood, but similar.

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03/07/2017 8:13 PM

I am 16, and I will eventually make a more in depth video about how I made the K'NEX Ball Machine. What sort of details are you interested in? I can post some more detailed pictures if you like.

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03/07/2017 8:23 PM

I think your popsicle stick model is pretty impressive. I would like to see more of that.

I say popsicle sticks because they are nothing to start, K-Nex are made to be built, the sticks are nothing more then a pile of wooden sticks. It takes great creativity to make something out of them, and that is what you did. The K-Nex model is awesome, but the popsicle stick model shows great creativity. Great Job!

Are you doing all of this by yourself, or do you have a mentor helping you?

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03/07/2017 8:48 PM

I am doing this completely by myself. I see your point on the creativity.

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03/07/2017 7:28 PM

rather Rube Goldberg

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03/07/2017 8:14 PM

Very much so!

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03/07/2017 7:41 PM

By the way, allow me to welcome you to CR4!

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Thank You.

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03/07/2017 8:11 PM

An important question to ask is, "What kind of engineering are you interested in?"

Engineering is so much more than just models. This is not in any way to diminish your impressive projects. You exhibit several traits of good engineers.

1. Perseverance - Probably one of the most important attributes. This is what gets you to the end of the job, especially when everything seems to go wrong.

2. Creativity - Engineers are artists too. Our canvases look a little different but good engineering is as much art as it is science.

3. Craftsmanship - Pride in one's work, striving for quality, being able to use not only our minds, but our hands is the mark of a good engineer.

There are other things too:

4. Playing Well with Others - Very little in engineering is done alone. Being able to be a member of a team and being able to follow direction is very important. Loose cannons will torpedo a team in short order. Good engineers know how to GRACEFULLY suggest improvements in a project. "That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen." is not the recommended approach. Asking for clarification because you don't understand someone's approach is a good way to approach the situation when the other person is making a bone-headed mistake.

5. Humility - No one can know everything. Not being afraid to ask for assistance. Knowing one's weaknesses is more important than knowing one's strengths. Leave your ego in the car when you go to work. Take on the crappy jobs no one else wants to do. Do the travel to field sites. When the layoffs happen, you'll still have a job. Spend time with the folks in the shop. Get to know them personally and what they do professionally. You will learn more from them than all the college professors in the world combined.

6. Attention to Detail - Sweat the small stuff, the big stuff will take care of itself. So much of engineering is 'grunt work'. You have to be able to just knuckle down and knock out all the details. Engineering is 95% sweat and 5% inspiration. It's probably more like 99% and 1% but I don't want to scare you away.

7. Documentation - If it isn't on 'paper', it doesn't exist. You have to be able to take your inspirations and get them into a form for OTHER people to build them. That leads to the next one.

8. Communications - Oral and written. You have to be able to deliver coherent, logical communications, both orally and in writing to be able to effectively get your designs into production. Much of engineering is writing specifications, manufacturing instructions, test procedures, operator manuals, safety directives, and so on. Understand the language used in the field of engineering that interests you. It is every bit like learning a foreign language.

9. Education - There are fewer and fewer opportunities for engineers without formal engineering education. My dad attended the Engineering College of Hard Knocks. He joined an engineering firm as a file clerk, then drafting table, then designer, then engineer, then chief engineer and group manager. Math is hard, but without those foundations, you won't understand the underlying concepts in engineering. Take as much math in college that you can swallow. The purpose of the college degree is to get you your first interview. After your first job, nobody cares what college you attended or your GPA, only that you graduated from an accredited institution. They want to know what you DID in your LAST job.

10. Have Fun - If it isn't enjoyable to you, find something that is.

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03/07/2017 8:19 PM

Thank you for taking the time to write that. You insights are much appreciated. I enjoy math, and science, and art. These three things really come together in my work.

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03/09/2017 1:22 AM

Technically, N°5 is not mandatory.

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03/09/2017 8:39 AM

While not mandatory, it can go a long way to earn the respect of others, especially trades people - some of which (at least I have found) have a "negative" attitude towards "professionals". After all, engineers may design it, but someone has to build/maintain it, and understanding what it takes to do so will help in the original design process.

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03/09/2017 8:16 PM

G.A. from me.

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03/09/2017 6:19 PM

None of these are really mandatory, but I've been an engineer for over 30 years. If you want to be a successful engineer in an organization, In my opinion, I would say it is mandatory. If you want to start your own company and be THE BOSS, then you can act like an @$$ and people can decide whether they want to work for you or not.

I get all the help I can use by asking for it, not demanding it.

Remember the old proverb, you catch a lot more flies with honey than vinegar.

P.S. Those people in the shop have saved my butt numerous times because they caught my mistakes before it went to production. If I treated them like I didn't care, they wouldn't either. I've seen them say, "OK, you're the engineer" and built it just like it was drawn.

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03/09/2017 8:54 PM

That makes sense. It is not always better to by feared then loved.

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03/10/2017 12:08 AM

That P.S. is on the money.

I had the good fortune (although I didn't think so at the time) to start my professional career in a company where the usual comment of the maintenance and operating personnel was usually "Who was the BLEEPING engineer that laid this out?"

Every one of my projects was run-by either a maintenance foremen or the operators for input on minor details that would affect their everyday jobs. Believe me, I learned how much sometimes something as simple as moving a line a few inches made their jobs easier, and made my projects successful.

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03/09/2017 3:29 AM

Very well said! I will share this as-is with the young engineers that I coach from time to time.

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03/07/2017 8:20 PM

Registering to CR4, giving a succint statement of intent, and posting some video say's plenty. Many new members do not manage that. Your background is lacking for anybody do advice , but as a first post that is most excellent. I hope you continue to partake here. The people more clever than I will help,

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Thank you for your vote of confidence.

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03/07/2017 8:57 PM

I subscribed to this thread because it is one the better newcomer threads I have seen, hopefully I will be able to help you out with something, if not there are plenty of highly qualified, intelligent engineers here that I am sure will.

Good luck young man.

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Thank you for the optimism.

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03/08/2017 12:48 PM

I am particularly impressed by your craftsmanship, as well.

There should be a high school bridge contest, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) somewhere near your school. M.E.S.A. may also do so.

In any case, check out www.asce.org and seek out a local Chapter of ASCE.

Similarly, www.mesausa.org

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03/08/2017 1:13 PM

At www.asce.org ,

it will help to (search on):

popsicle stick bridge

and on:

Engineers Week

In any case, good luck with what ever decisions you make.

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Thank you for the information.

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You are more than welcome...

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03/08/2017 2:52 PM

Great craftsmanship on that model, it shows your patience, skill in measurement, and making accurate cuts. At least if you made any mistakes, I did not see. If you make one mistake with hand tool, you could make ten in the same time with power tool!

I predict some day you will be an engineer of great structures. Perhaps you could bridge great societies also?

Remember this: fail to plan, and you plan to fail. To fail is human, to fail the same way over and over is cheating yourself and your children out of your potential.

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Thank you for you confidence.

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Welcome to CR4

Here's your next project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj-NqWDH2qE

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03/08/2017 3:32 PM

Holy smokes! That thing walking across the beach is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Great link, thanks for posting. G.A.

I just ordered a model strandbeest for my son to build.

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03/18/2017 5:06 PM

Sorry I replied so late. That machine is insane! I have heard of those types of machines before, but have never actually saw videos of them.

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03/08/2017 4:20 PM

Making stuff is good.
When I'd be interviewing engineers, they would all have similar qualifictions. Some would have no actual job experience, but if they could show examples of their work, their interests and enthusiasm they would get my attention.
Nothing would turn me off quicker than someone with endless qualifictions but no hobies, interests or stuff they had built.
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That is part of the logic behind making these videos in the first place.

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Welcome to cr4.

One of the good attributes of an engineer is the ability to construct a sentence using good grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Using these three items will help you to articulate your correspondence in a way that makes it easier for others to understand a question or concept your trying to convey.

Clearly, you have a strong command of the English language.

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Thank You.

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03/09/2017 7:12 AM

Welcome to CR4.

Good work on your projects.

A slight buzz-kill. It is very common in "the real world" to have considerable pressure to get the job done quickly and cheap. That doesn't mean that the engineer should always sacrifice quality, strength and safety. That does mean that the balancing act is often a far more significant challenge than a student engineer anticipates.

Everything Brave Sir Robin posted in #4 is good and true. If you hang around CR4 very long don't get your feelings hurt by the way some of us could use a little refresher course on #4 "plays well with others" and #5 "humility".

Read Dilbert. Dilbert is not fiction. As an engineer everything in Dilbert is true. Dilbert will help to prepare you for the real world.

Expanding upon tonyhemet's #21: dont ever text us and expect 2 b tken seriously we always use capital letters 2 start sentences and periods 2 end em and i cant believe people sometime post crap like i am typing n expect 2 get serious response

One last thing: CR4 is not a homework site. If you need help with a homework problem then 1) say that it is a homework problem and 2) show in the posting that you have done your homework and understand most of what was assigned. Well composed technical questions will usually be taken very well here. Postings that look like "I'm lazy so do this for me" or "I'm too cool for school" typically don't do so well.

Also, most postings have 75% responses that can be classified as "we are bored and having fun with inside jokes". If you make a serious posting don't let your feathers get ruffled if the first few responses are not helpful. We will probably get around to being serious but just like math class it takes a while for us to take our seats and settle down.

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GA, especially the Dilbert part. And the last paragraph about the 'joking around' part. Well said.

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03/09/2017 3:59 PM

Maker, out of curiosity, have you tried balsa wood as a medium? Instead of popsicle sticks?

It comes in many sizes, from small sticks, large sticks, sheets, pretty much any size you could want. It's cheap, easy to work with and cut (x-acto knives).

With your creativity, I think using balsa would open a whole new dimension to your building.

When I was in my mid-twenties, I had an N-scale layout, I built a lot of stuff out of balsa including a double cantilever bridge with a center suspended span. The detail was amazing, I even made the piers out of balsa. With a little Testers concrete grey and sanding, you couldn't tell they were wood. It was 40" long and stood 14" tall at the center.

I don't think there much of anything you can't create with balsa. This link shows pictures of stuff people build with balsa.

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I have never built anything with balsa wood, but I am open to trying it!

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Just as a matter of curiosity, what kinds of wood did you use to make your ''Taipei 101'' tower?...

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He said it was popscicle sticks. Have you never seen a popscicle tree? Hint: they are not evergreen,

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Go back and watch the entire (tower) video...

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alright, alright, he used K'Nex too. I have never seen those hanging low from a tree either.

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Please let me know if you do, so I can take my own photo of such a tree ...

(By the way, K'nex kits are now available in some Walmart(R) stores for direct purchase...)

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Wow, you guys found out about my secret K'NEX tree breeding program.

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03/16/2017 6:52 PM

ROFL ! That's a winner, but please do not intrude upon my plans for Meccano shrubs.

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Re: Hello, I Am A Budding Engineer And I Want Professional Feedback On My Work.

03/10/2017 12:51 AM

Besides building, are you interested in how things work; some things fail; and what approach is best to remedy these failures?

These too are indications that you might be a good engineer, or more properly, engineering is a good field for you.

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03/10/2017 6:15 PM

Yes, I am very interested in how things work. Building is just one physical expression of this attribute. I enjoy testing out theories with my creations.

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