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  • WHAT IS THE WAVE?

    The Wave is a platform of tools, education, and community to dramatically accelerate the speed of engineering for teams who develop machines, hard goods products, & devices. If you are a mechanical engineer, R&D engineer, process development engineer, mechanical design engineer, product development engineer, or similar, you've found your new tribe here at The Wave.

  • The Elegant Art of Keeping It Simple: A Tale of Overengineering and Redemption

    Back in the days when Pipeline was pretty much a one-man show starring yours truly, I got this gig to whip up a cleaning fixture for a medical device. Picture this: it needed to snuggle right into an existing ultrasonic bath housing like it was made for it, be crafted out of 316 stainless steel to avoid rusting away to oblivion, and play nice with a bunch of different device setups. No pressure, right? Diving into this project, I ran headfirst into the usual design drama—challenges popping

    Aaron Moncur
    Aaron Moncur
    General

    Knowing When To Ask For Help

    Knowing when to ask for help can mean the difference between a successful project and an unsuccessful one. It can be the difference between managers wanting you on their projects, and teams actively blocking you from participation. So how do we know when it’s time to ask for help? A few weeks ago, we were in Anaheim for the MD&M West show. It was day 2 and we were leaving our Airbnb just after 9am to travel to our booth at the convention center. We were driving Eleanor (my beloved Rivia

    Aaron Moncur
    Aaron Moncur
    Productivity

    Hustle Culture

    This may be a controversial topic. I like hustle culture. I like working a lot. I feel proud when I see that I put in more than the “40 hour minimum” each week. I like putting in the time needed to get things done. There is a lot of talk these days about work life balance. It’s true, I don’t want to lose my family over working too much, but I also don’t want to lose my work over recreating too much. It’s a balance (I find myself using that word more and more as I get older…) There

    Aaron Moncur
    Aaron Moncur
    Productivity

    SMAC Voice Coil Motor Product Review

    Introduction Voice coil motors (VCMs) are a mechanical marvel, seamlessly merging actuators and sensors into a single powerhouse. These devices deliver blistering speed, pinpoint precision, and unwavering long-term performance. They've earned their stripes in tasks requiring surgical precision, such as product testing, autofocus systems, and even the delicate mechanics of hard disk drives. (Fun fact: The term "voice coil" originates from one of its initial applications, in which it was used

    Aaron Moncur
    Aaron Moncur
    Engineering Product Reviews

    A Lesson From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Leadership

    Let me be clear, I'm not very good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), but I love it. One might even say I have an addiction to it (this is not part of the leadership lesson). One of the reasons I love it so much is the life lessons I learn from the sport. Last week I was rolling (BJJ speak for "sparring") with a partner when my foot started to cramp. Eventually the pain was so sever that I had to pause and stretch it out. During this pause coach Steve (who is awesome, despite how you may feel af

    Aaron Moncur
    Aaron Moncur
    Leadership
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