Living Hinges-Protomold Design Tips for Injection Molding
In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about designing living hinges in plastic parts. Using the Protomold Design Cube, Kevin demonstrates the best resins to use when designing living hinges.
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Prototyping Processes – Choosing the best process for your project
Product designers and engineers have a number of prototyping options available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. From 3D printing to CNC machining to injection molding, our 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.
Reducing Risk Through On-Demand Manufacturing
Strategic management of the supply chain is a critical component of product development and life cycle planning, as well as a necessary element for risk mitigation. Leading companies no longer treat it as a tactical cost center that is purely an operational concern, but rather a cross-functional initiative geared towards building capabilities that will enable growth and minimize risk.
Design Essentials for 3D Printing
Industrial 3D printing opens up many new design possibilities, but it’s important to keep a few fundamental principles in mind when designing for additive manufacturing processes. Most of these are fairly obvious like feature resolution, surface finish, and material selection, but there’s more to 3D printing success than selecting the right material and process. If you will eventually need increased part quantities through more traditional processes like injection molding, you should considering the part’s moldability even when designing early prototypes. Understanding the fundamental principles for 3D printing will help you get the most out the versatile technology—whether you're iterating part design through rapid prototyping or creating end-use production parts.
Design Essentials for CNC Machining
Machining isn’t new on the manufacturing scene, but it is evolving from year-to-year. Understanding its latest capabilities can reap big rewards for product designers and engineers. After helping thousands of customers with custom prototypes and end-use, production parts, we’ve compiled our most valuable design tips to help you take full advantage of what CNC machining has to offer. Whether you need to choose between milling and turning, select the right material, or just want to reduce costs, we’ve got you covered.
Design Considerations for the Cosmetics of Injection-Molding Plastic Parts
The success of the products we design can often be affected by their visual appearance. In addition to the visual appearance, the cosmetics of a plastic part impacts the tactile feel. Quality judgments are often by how a product feels when we hold it or touch it.
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