Nick Ysidron

Nick is a mechanical engineer working in the HVAC and IoT space. When he isn’t designing new tech to make our lives more connected and improving the air we breathe, he enjoys spending time with his wife Bridget and son James. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from Louisiana State University. His hobbies include anything outdoors, 3D printing, playing with his son, and reading as often as he can.

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Types of Automotive Fasteners Explained

Fasteners are the unsung heroes of the automotive industry. Responsible for supporting engines, mounting bumpers, securing wheels rotating at high speeds, and attaching interior trim, vehicles often have more than 3,500 fasteners keeping cars, trucks and SUVs together. Choosing the right fasteners for each application requires balancing application requirements, cost, safety, lifespan, and serviceability. Automotive […]


Parts of a CNC Machine Explained

Producing complex parts with tight tolerances requires extensive experience, and even the best operators spend years fine-tuning their skills. CNC machines are the gold standard for high-quality and high-repeatability machining because they automate the machining process — computers and sensors control the machining operations. CNC machining is used in almost every industry due to the […]


What is Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and How Does it Work?

Many additive manufacturing processes offer low cost per part, high dimensional tolerances, and fast cycle times, but selective laser sintering (SLS) is one of the best options. SLS’s speed, resolution, and laser accuracy combined with advances in the raw materials allows for rapid iteration and high-quality finished parts. The self-supporting nature of the process enables […]


Climb vs Conventional Milling – What Are The Differences?

CNC milling is one of the most common machining processes used to manufacture complex parts. When milling a part, one of the first questions a machinist must ask is whether to use conventional or climb milling on that part. While climb and conventional milling are relatively similar, the key difference is in the rotation of […]


What is Swiss CNC Machining?

Jacob Schweizer isn’t a household name, but in the engineering world, it should be. It was his desire to build better watches that led to the invention of precision manufacturing equipment now used worldwide. To make watches more portable, he invented the machinery required to build the tiny components that go inside pocket watches and […]


What Is 5-Axis CNC Machining and How Does It Work

With modern, incredible advances in computer-aided design tools available to more people these days, there is no limit to what can be designed. As products get more complicated, machining them can get complicated also. Bringing a design to life can require machinery with incredible capabilities to make advanced designs a reality. CNC machining allows for […]


How to Modify and Import STEP Files

What good is having the best design in the world without the ability to share it? Luckily, we have STEP files to make distributing designs easy. STEP files allow designers and engineers to share their designs in a neutral format compatible with many different CAD programs. These 3D models may also contain information about the […]


Artificial Intelligence: A Digital Manufacturing Catalyst

Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap. When management wants to start using AI to make the factory more productive, people assume computers will take their jobs. But the truth is, AI isn’t here to replace critical frontline workers. Artificial intelligence is a manufacturing catalyst tool that enables workers to accomplish higher-value tasks with greater […]