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Wear Modelling at Crux

Wear Modelling at Crux

A vital tool in the engineers armoury

Whether developing a product from scratch or troubleshooting an existing design, computational simulation is a vital tool in the engineer’s armoury. At Crux, our in-house experts work with industry-leading Abaqus software. Ever driving to extend our technical competence, we increasingly push beyond traditional FEA methods to solve new and challenging problems....

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Big Data

Big Data

Closing the Loop

‘Bad Medicine’ Freakonomics Radio podcast episode, Dr Vinay Prasad, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University, exposes the unsettling reality that ‘evidence-based medicine’ is still not as pervasive as we would all hope.   Dr Vinay Prasad comments:   “… one of the things...

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Making sense of tolerances

Making sense of tolerances

Ensuring reliable product performance

Discovering issues late in a project often results in eye-watering costs, with changes to production and assembly equipment leading to significant delays. Our clients are increasingly seeing the benefit of early detection, opting for upfront investment in analysis to predict risks and identify problems before any physical parts have been produced.   A...

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Meet the team - Jack

Meet the team - Jack

Advice for engineering graduates

Name: Jack Carroll Job Title: Mechanical Engineer Degree Background & University: Bath University – Master of Engineering Degree     What does a typical day in your job involve?   As an engineer at Crux, my schedule varies widely on a day-to-day basis. We work on unique projects, which each bring their own challenges...

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Prototyping Human-Machine Interfaces

Prototyping Human-Machine Interfaces

Applying UX methods to product design

Prototyping is crucial to the way that we approach projects at Crux; we fail fast, learn quickly and incrementally improve a design until it looks and works beautifully. We'll prototype surface models to understand how an object looks in it's intended environment, while at the same time design rigs that allow us to understand, test and...

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Making All The Right Noises

Making All The Right Noises

Crux discuss simulation of device acoustics

The acoustic performance of a product can be vital. In consumer goods, the sound of a click or snap can be the difference between perceptions of high-quality and cheap. In medical devices audible feedback is often a requirement to reinforce patient actions and indicate, for example, the completion of drug delivery.   Traditionally device acoustics have...

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