Re: Idea for research project to solve shipping nightmare

From: Ian Gibson (
Date: Thu Oct 09 2003 - 09:47:35 EEST


Good idea. I will include it in my next set of student projects.

Regarding the egg dropping problem described by Charles: I remember the
answer to a lateral thinking problem - how do you ensure a fresh egg will
survive a 30ft drop? Drop it from 31ft.


At 10:53 AM 10/8/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Kenny / Phill et al
>Further to the previous thread on Shipping of parts, etc. and having just
>received an undamaged, apparently well-packaged box of 2 urgent parts (one
>of which was in 6 pieces, the other in 7 pieces...) I have a suggestion
>for a future research project....
>How about sorting out a definitive packaging solution for waxes / delicate
>layer built parts which more often than not end up broken or damaged
>(usually only on critical projects!)
>Having witnessed over 10 years of trial and error (as both supplier /
>customer) using various combinations of: boxes within boxes, eps peanuts,
>bubble wrap, sealed air pockets, inflatable bags, cotton wool, shredded
>paper, silicone rubber, ceramic etc. there is still no comprehensive
>solution for this as far as I am aware.
>Geometry and material are the key variables, and I am sure that list
>members could provide some suitable test geometries. (Wax turbine wheels
>for automotive diesel turbos for starters).
>Potential end result could be a packaging solution for delicate parts
>available at a premium. If this could effectively guarantee the safe
>arrival of your parts, then it would be worth the extra ($10? $50? $100?)
>per shipment.
>Am I crazy or would this be best solved by a research project approach?
>I am tortured by visions of boxes suspended by springs on all sides that
>couriers could play soccer with and still not break the part(s) held
>safely within....
>Any comments / ideas welcome.
>Nick Osborn
>Fenland RP Ltd
>Mobile: +44 (0) 7881 92 00 38
>Tel: +44 (0) 1406 350 124
>Fax: +44 (0) 1406 350 183
>In a message dated 03/10/2003 09:32:47 GMT Standard Time,
> writes:
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Dr. Ian Gibson

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