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Design and Engineering: Useful Websites

Useful websites introduction

All the sites listed here are free to use and can be useful for reference, to generate ideas, and to keep up to date with what's going on in the design and engineering world.

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Useful websites for Design

Design Council Includes news and opinion pieces, and an archive of reports, case studies and guides.
The Design Museum Details of exhibitions, the museum's programme of learning and research, and guides to the history of design.
Core77 Publishes articles, discussion forums, news and details of industry networks. Useful to browse for the latest design ideas.
Visual Arts Data Service Over 140,000 images freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. Of special interest to the history of design.
CADdigest News, updates and case studies on computer aided design, engineering and manufacturing.
Develop 3D Analyses and reviews emerging technologies used in product development in the field of design and technology.
Product Design Forums A forum for product design posts and discussions.


Useful websites for Engineering

MatWeb A searchable database of material properties.
British Plastics Federation Industry news, events and resources linked to key issues. Includes a plastics encyclopedia (Plastipedia) and a guide to key standards.
CADdigest News, updates and case studies on computer aided design, engineering and manufacturing.
efunda An online reference resource which stands for engineering fundamentals. Includes definitions, introductions, unit conversions, forumulas and much more.
IEEE Spectrum Magazine from IEEE, containing information about major trends and developments in technology, engineering, and science. Create a free account to access.
mathcentre Free mathematics support materials.
International System of Units (SI) Comprehensive listing of SI units and prefixes.


How to check whether a website is appropriate to use in academic work

You must make sure that any sources used in your academic work are of an appropriate standard. Use this guide to evaluate the suitability of any websites you find.