Mechanical Engineering is one of the highly demanding skills in online freelancing. Initially, online freelancing is started with the content writing jobs and with basic website design-related projects. Here in this blog, you need to understand about Freelancing for Mechanical Engineers. Later cad design-related jobs are also well in demanded in freelancing.
Mechanical engineering has a vast range of job opportunities in the online and offline market. So we can’t expect all kinds of jobs and projects to work online.
If you are a Mechanical engineer and struggling with regular job opportunities then you might think of the following skills to do Freelancing for Mechanical Engineers.
1. Product Designer
Product designers are a well-paid community in freelancing. SolidWorks is one of the best cad software in the industry. It is mostly used in the field of product design and manufacturing. Autodesk Inventor is also used to create a concept and product design after SolidWorks.
From the online freelancing report, seven out of ten freelancing projects are created and completed with the help of SolidWorks. SolidWorks has more than 30% market in the United States from small scale to medium level industry.
Application of CAD
SolidWorks is a parametric software mostly used in the design of FMCG products.
Design of toothbrush, toothpaste, Dust bin, electronic gadgets etc. Hence SolidWorks is highly recommended software to learn before the start of online freelancing.
High definition rendering is the key feature in SolidWorks. You can complete the combination of 3d modeling and rendering if you have the additional skills of Keyshot.
Keyshot is another powerful rendering tool used in the field of mechanical engineering and product design industry.
2. Industrial Designer
Mechanical Cad is not limited to only SolidWorks. You may get chance to get project related Creo parametric and CATIA. Although there is limited scope of Creo & CATIA software in online freelancing but the quality of project is great.
Most of the time this software is used where we need high accuracy of drawing including geometric dimensions & tolerances. Guru and Upwork website is known for its good quality of industrial projects.
High End CAD Software
Creo & CATIA software is mainly used where we have to design the industrial domains like Casting, plastics, Automotive, Aerospace, large assembly, and heavy Engineering, etc.
Today we may expect limited use of these technologies in online freelancing but soon we witness strong industrial transformation via online freelancing. Those who have long term goals and targets must try to learn these skills as soon as possible.
3. Simulation Engineer
This is my favorite area to talk more and more. I have more 7 years of experience in the field of design and development. Personally I have good working experience on Creo & Ansys.
The development of physical products is very much essential in the product design cycle. Simulation defines the proper working and feasibility of the product.
What should be the material to use?
How much load product can withstand?
Durability & feasibility of Physical product. These questions can be only answer by the help of FEM (Finite element method).
The finite element method is the common engineering practice to check the strength of the material and the durability of the product in the long run.
Ansys and Abaqus are two well-known technology used in the field of FEM/FEA. Ansys is the upper hand while comparison with Abaqus due to its accuracy. Both are the best simulation software in the world. If you have additional knowledge of Matlab then combination will be great.
4. Technical writer
The writer is required everywhere. These writers differ from regular bloggers or content writers. In Mechanical Engineering, there is various type of research work carried out every year at the level of bachelor’s and master’s level degree program.
Let understand with one case study.
Design and Analysis of Piston
Suppose I have assigned with a task to complete the design and analysis of modern four stroke petrol engine piston. My work is to design and develop the piston. Here are the steps:
Initial finding and project planning.
Initial rough sketches are proper planning is required before the start of any project.
Design of piston using CAD tool. ( SolidWorks, CATIA & Creo)
You can use any of the tools like Solid Works, CATIA, and Creo to design piston.
- Analysis of piston Using Ansys. ( Material testing, load testing and overall strength of the material findings)
- Technical Project Report
Academic Project Work
We need to prepare the end project report with a suitable conclusion and findings. Here we need to have good technical writing skills. You must be aware of the different types of writing standards as follows.
- APA style of writing
- Harvard referencing style of writing
- Review writer.
Since most of the work is too much technical, hence we also required technical product review writer to review our product before the launch of the product.
For example, you might see various videos and blogs related new car launch and its specification. In this way, technical writer plays an important role in the product design cycle process.
5. 3d Printing Manufactures
Technology reaches everywhere. You might be hearing about 3d printing technology. Freelancing For Mechanical Engineers is quiet possible in the modern world.
3D printing a technology where additive manufacturing is used in making three-dimensional solid objects from a cad file. In simple words, you can print anything in 3d using this technology.
Like the Xerox machine which uses to print paper in 2d, in the same manner, 3d printers are used to print objects in 3d form of digital cad file. This creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes.
In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.