Our CNC turning process produces custom prototypes and end-use production parts in as fast as 1 day. We use a CNC lathe with live tooling so features like axial and radial holes, flats, grooves, and slots can be machined.
3D Printing Technologies for Protoyping and Production
There are many different additive manufacturing processes to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Our white paper examines the various 3D printing technologies—SL, SLS, DMLS, FDM, PolyJet and others—being used by today’s product designers and engineers to build better products faster.
Selecting the Right Material for Industrial 3D Printing
This industrial 3D printing white paper explores the properties of thermoplastic and metal materials available with direct metal laser sintering, selective laser sintering, and stereolithography technologies. It also includes a quick-reference guide of material attributes that can steer you toward the proper grade.
Designing for Moldability: Fundamental Elements
Whether you’re new to injection molding or a veteran of manufacturing, our comprehensive Designing for Moldability white paper is a quick reference guide to wall thicknesses, surface finishes, tolerances, materials and other thermoplastic molding insights. It’s a thorough look at injection molding that might just provide a few tips to help you make better prototype or production parts.
Thermoplastic Material Selection for Injection Molding
There are more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases. Needless to say, narrowing down that extensive list of materials can sometimes seem like a formidable task. Our comprehensive white paper provides a highly technical observation of thermoplastic resins and their properties for engineers who want to quantitatively analyze a part; determine loads, stresses, strains and environments; and make material decisions based on the analysis.
Data, Digitla Threads, and Industry 4.0
The manufacturing industry is undergoing a revolution as automation software and new technologies have made processes leaner and innovation faster. This movement is often referred to as Industry 4.0 and it’s changing the entire product development cycle. In this white paper, we share how companies are rethinking traditional manufacturing in order to accelerate development, reduce risk, and drive innovation.
Selecting a Rapid Prototyping Process
Product designers and engineers have a number of prototyping options available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. From stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and direct metal laser sintering to CNC machining and injection molding, our free Prototyping Processes white paper is a highly technical look at the various manufacturing processes. It lets you weigh the benefits of each, so you can focus in on a process best suited for your project.
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