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What is a Point Cloud?

By |2019-06-03T16:27:20-05:00June 3rd, 2019|3D Scanning|

What is a Point Cloud? A point cloud is a 3D model that consists of a large number of points in three-dimensional space. Point clouds use the Cartesian coordinate system (X, Y, Z) to define the position of each point. These points represent a point on the surface of an object, defining the shape [...]

What Does Resolution Mean in 3D Printing?

By |2019-05-01T16:35:24-05:00May 1st, 2019|3D Printing|

What Does Resolution Mean in 3D Printing? 3D printing resolution is the quality, or level of detail, at which your part is created. In general, the printer’s movement on both the XY and Z planes determines how fine the resolution will be, with smaller movements typically yielding higher resolutions. In this article, we’ll discuss [...]

3D Printing Advantages

By |2019-04-15T15:41:08-05:00April 15th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Advantages 3D printing is a newer technology, and it can be easy to want to rely on the older, traditional manufacturing methods that have worked for years now. However, 3D printing does have several advantages over traditional manufacturing that can help you in your product development process. In this article, we’ll discuss [...]

Photogrammetry vs. 3D Scanning

By |2019-04-09T16:24:41-05:00April 9th, 2019|3D Scanning|

Photogrammetry vs. 3D Scanning Digital 3D models are used for many different purposes in a variety of industries, and there are multiple methods of making them from a real object. The two primary methods for digital 3D modeling are 3D scanning and photogrammetry. In this article, we’ll discuss the process, advantages, and disadvantages of [...]

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. [...]

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