David Cagle

Senior Technical Applications Engineer at Fictiv Experienced Design Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry.

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Tolerance Stack Ups 501: Going Beyond Mechanical Fit and Into Predictive Design

Oh hey — I caught your attention! Guessing it was the 5-oh-one in the title, up from the 101 you might already be familiar with (self high five for engineer David trying to be a marketer). Welcome to my article (TED talk?). Here I’m going to walk you through the flow of how to set […]


Bridging the Gap Between Design and Manufacturing

There’s a saying in the mechanical engineering world that really captures the gap between design and manufacturing: Anybody can design it; few people can make it.  As a design engineer, your job is to create a part or an assembly that will work properly. The manufacturer’s job is to make the part, make the assembly, […]


How to Fast-Track Your Parts: Getting Real About Your Vital Requirements

Here at Fictiv, we’re all about speed and quality. We want you, the engineer, to get your parts on time—and to get the parts you need and were expecting. Fictiv provides more options and fewer constraints and gives you a system-level view of your design that offers a broad enough sense of how it will […]


Real Hardware Engineers Code: How to Use Code to Maximize Efficiency in Solidworks, Reporting & More

Go, Go, Go—we’ve all heard the inspirational and aspirational desire of upper management to get it done, get it done right, and as always, get it done faster. One way to be more efficient as an engineer is to learn to code. In this blog post, I hope to help convince you to start coding […]


Finite Element Analysis: How to Use Hooke’s Law to Dial in Simple FEAs

Any professional mechanical engineer knows that Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is an essential tool used to analyze stress (deflection, FOS, and more) in a design based on different loading conditions. A huge part of conducting FEA centers around research. When you start the process, you don’t yet know what you don’t know. You need to […]