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No. As engineers and students of the discipline, we ought to know how to do some basic investigation into X. When we need clarification on something, we can ask "What is Y?" or "How do I Z?" Specific, answerable questions about engineering problems will provide answers useful to an engineer. 90% of recommendation questions give instead ...


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Qualified No: Exception for questions about relevant code(s)/standard(s) The reasons (copied below) not to allow these kinds of questions outlined by GlenH7's answer are well considered. Recommendation and sourcing questions end up attracting the following types of answers: SPAM - including both blatant and thinly disguised Ephemeral answers that will ...


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This is pretty much going to be a concurring opinion with Glen, but it sounds like he doesn't have a lot of CAD and modeling experience, so this comes from the perspective of a mechanical engineer whose primary function at work is creating and editing models and drawings. My gut tells me that the example questions posed would be on-topic. But it also tells ...


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Conforming to legislation is an important part of engineering. I would expect to be able to ask and answer questions about engineering legislation on this site; from how to comply, to what our duties are. The fact that an engineer has been able to answer your question, further confirms this; in my view.


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Part of me wants to help solve problems, and part of me wants to to keep the site focused on useful questions and answers. Background My day job is an Engineer (in the strict sense of the term). I went to school and had a lot of engineering courses. I have notes from those classes. Whenever I have had "real engineering problems", my notes are ...


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Policy stuff The downvote tooltip (shown when you hover your cursor over the voting button) describes its intended use: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful Think of these as "any" conditions rather than "all" conditions. If you think your question was clear and well-researched, then most likely the readers who ...


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I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be. Feed rate and tool speed given material, feature size, and required finish/tolerance are pretty fundamental concepts of manufacturing engineering, so it's not out-of scope. Just make sure you have done some searching around for existing information. I'm willing to bet that you'll be able to find some stuff about CNC ...


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Yes Many helpful discussions I found on eng-tips.com featured this: What is a supplier for piggable valves? What's a code/textbook/article that explains how to size a widget? To take a look at the reasons for no given in the (as of now) highest voted answer: SPAM - including both blatant and thinly disguised Can be a problem, yes. We need good criteria ...


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Recommendations are not bad Be sure to distinguish between recommendation answers and recommendation questions -- getting recommendations in answers is natural and normal for many types of questions, and is definitely a good thing. If someone is trying to reinvent the wheel in Javascript when they can just use jQuery or the like to do the same, pointing out ...


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First, an observation that homework questions are currently on-topic in so far as they present clearly-defined engineering problems and we previously decided against declaring them off-topic. We could revisit that discussion—especially considering that the runner-up answer links to a policy on Physics SE that seems to address this exact issue—but phrases ...


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Questions about CAD should not be completely off-topic here. Perhaps, these should have a higher bar. @Glen drew analogies with SO and Programmers.SE. I'll draw an analogy with EE.SE. Questions about specialized software for electronics design1 are on-topic there2. On EE.SE the following characterized EDA questions: The number of EDA questions is ...


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This question is really about engineering tools, of which CAD software is just one example. What tools exist, what situations each is good for, and how to use them properly are all part of engineering, and often the answers may not be so obvious. However, that does not make all questions about tools for engineering use on topic. To be on topic, questions ...


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That question is what we call too broad. One could also argue that it has a element of opinion based. Therefore, do not ask it on the main site. The exact divisions of responsibility between different types of engineers on a particular project is far from standard, and depends heavily on the specific people that are available. Even good answers to this ...


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Note that both points you quote for being on topic specifically mention "engineering". Engineering is about applying the laws of physics and other sciences to real world problems. Science seeks to describe how nature works by applying observation, logical deduction, and experimental verification. Personal beliefs have no place, other than perhaps to guide ...


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I have to comment on the approach taken by Air - I think it is wildly successful and brings out a unique approach to this site. Having been on for a while, I've seen quite a few questions shut down for "not enough information" or "you need to hire a professional". While this is a valid response to questions, I believe from what I've seen that most people ...


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In this case they're specifying EMI/EMC, in which case it could go here or possibly do better on EE.SE. That said, as the answer to that question points out with LVD, EMI/EMC isn't all there is to getting a CE mark. Depending on the type of device, the safety requirements (61010-1 etc) can be a bigger hurdle than EMI/EMC and encompass more than just EE ...


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I'd actually like to see another SE site created that is specifically for checking of work. This would be similar to the way the programming/software engineering discipline is broken into a subset of sites. Since the sites related to this discipline are arguably the most mature and most developed area within the SE universe, I think we can look at their ...


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My personal opinion on the matter: Engineering software that isn't CAD should be on-topic for the most part. I don't know of a good repository of information about programs dealing with structural analysis, thermodynamics, simulations, etc. This seems like as good a place as any to start that repository. Also the issue of restricting an infant site comes ...


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Engineering software is part of engineering. Therefore we should encourage engineering software related questions. Disclaimer: I work mostly in Embedded SW, EE, Project Management, Product Development Reason: Assume someone modeling a transistor. CAD software like PSpice has many parametric variable that need to be defined properly to obtain a good ...


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No: Opinion. No: Opinion. Maybe: Yes, if it's an unambiguous fact-based question such as where to find/purchase certain engineering standards or learn more about certain engineering societies. No, if the answer would be "Google it" or "there's this good book I once read." No: Opinion. ...unless they want to buy something truly obscure such as a plutonium rod ...


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