Polypropylene 3D Printing

By |2019-03-20T16:12:28-05:00March 20th, 2019|3D Printing|

Polypropylene 3D Printing Polypropylene is a widely used commodity plastic that is harder and more resistant to heat and creep than polyethylene. There are three primary types of polypropylene: atactic, syndiotactic, and isotactic. These terms refer to the molecular structure of the polypropylene in question, which can change the material’s mechanical properties. For simplicity [...]

Injection Molding: Crush Ribs

By |2019-03-15T16:05:58-05:00February 21st, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding: Crush Ribs This post is part of our Injection Molding Design Guide series. Press-fit connections can be tricky to manufacture via injection molding if you’ve never heard of crush ribs. These structures can help your production process run smoothly while ensuring your parts fit and hold together correctly after the process is [...]

Injection Molding: Draft Angle

By |2019-02-21T17:03:35-05:00February 21st, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding: Draft Angle This post is part of our Injection Molding Design Guide series. With plastic injection molding, it is important to design for manufacturability. To do this, you must take every step of the process into consideration, including ejection from the mold. Even though the part may form correctly in the mold, [...]

Injection Molding: Rib Design

By |2019-02-21T17:01:14-05:00February 19th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding: Rib Design This post is part of our Injection Molding Design Guide series. Ribs can be instrumental to your part’s structural success. If used correctly, you can avoid the main problems caused by walls being too thick and abrupt changes in wall thickness. In this article, we’ll discuss what ribs are, what [...]

Injection Molding: Wall Thickness

By |2019-02-21T16:58:49-05:00February 14th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Molding: Wall Thickness This post is part of our Injection Molding Design Guide series. Wall thickness is one of the primary design concerns when it comes to plastic injection molding. Improperly designed walls can lead to many costly problems and production setbacks. In this article, we’ll discuss how your material influences your [...]

Injection Molding Design Guide

By |2019-02-21T16:54:45-05:00February 14th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Mold Design Injection molding is the fastest mass manufacturing process available for plastic parts. As such, you can get your parts to consumers faster and cheaper than any other method. However, designing your parts to be injection molded can be quite tricky if you don’t know the best practices for this specific process. [...]

What is a CMM Machine?

By |2019-02-04T14:20:25-05:00February 4th, 2019|3D Scanning|

What is a CMM Machine? A Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) is a common find in the metrology lab of many manufacturing facilities. They serve as a method to perform dimensional analysis and are important to ensure a part’s quality. In this article, we’ll discuss what a CMM is, the benefits and drawbacks of using [...]

What is First Article Inspection?

By |2019-01-28T17:23:25-05:00January 28th, 2019|3D Scanning|

What is First Article Inspection? First Article Inspection (FAI) is a formal, documented inspection used to verify that a manufactured part meets the required quality specifications. These inspections are required procedures in the medical, automotive, and aerospace industries, and can be beneficial for any production parts with critical dimensions and tolerances.  In this article, [...]

White Light vs. Blue Light 3D Scanning

By |2019-01-22T14:18:59-05:00January 22nd, 2019|3D Scanning|

White Light vs. Blue Light 3D Scanning Structured light 3D scanning is a non-contact, optical scanning technology that utilizes light patterns to take measurements of a part and produce a 3D scan. The resulting scans can be used for quality assurance, quality control, and reverse engineering. White light and blue light are the two [...]

ULTEM 3D Printing

By |2019-02-14T16:36:00-05:00January 17th, 2019|3D Printing|

ULTEM 3D Printing ULTEM is a highly durable material that is widely used in industries we encounter every day. Its high-performance mechanical properties allow it to be used in extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. In this article, we’ll detail what ULTEM is, its applications, the challenges to 3D printing with ULTEM, and possible alternative [...]

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